The Sari, symbol of the Indian woman

Many of our bags and scarves use pieces of fabric from ancient Indian Saris, so we decided that the best way to start this new era was by talking about this important element that represents Indian femininity and culture: the Sari.

The Sari is the traditional dress for women in India, and its elaboration constitutes a true art, to the point that it has become a distinctive sign of its culture. It originates from the Indus Valley civilization (present-day Pakistan) between 2800-1800 BC, transcending to the present day.

It is a long piece of light cotton or silk fabric (4 to 9 meters long by 1 meter wide) that is worn as a dress wrapped around the body, over a blouse and a light petticoat. It is worn by women of all social classes, differentiating themselves by the quality of the materials and embroidery, by the way of wearing it and of course by the occasion in which it is used.

The beauty of the Sari is in the meticulous and elaborate embroidery work that is done on it, enriching it with other materials, appliques, special fabrics, and even gold or silver threads. Without a doubt, an invaluable handicraft work.

The colors in the Saris are very important because each one has a meaning: red represents courage and passion, and is used by brides at their wedding. Yellow is associated with motherhood. White is worn by widows in the period of mourning. Green is reserved for women of the Muslim religion and blue is usually associated with lower castes, although today it is better valued socially.

At Litti Complementos we are passionate about Indian culture and its wonders. We love Saris and the Indian women who wear them with that unique touch that characterizes them

The Foulard, history and uses in fashion

One of the most versatile garments used in our times is the Foulard, the French name for the classic scarf, which is nothing more than a fabric of different thicknesses and designs that is worn tied around the neck or head.

This wonderful piece is about 3000 years old, and was worn in the Middle East and Africa as a religious garment and protection talisman. The French in the 18th century adopted it, improving its design and quality thanks to the fabrics of Lyon and the silk workshops of northern Italy. Then the old and simple scarf became a garment of high quality, rich in materials and exotic beauty, with a very high price, which was exported to all European countries.

Women used to wear it as an ornament and a sign of respect and discretion, while men tied it around their neck to protect themselves from the cold and absorb sweat, which later gave rise to the men’s tie.

Already in the 20th century, the different fashion houses of the world consolidated the aesthetic value of the scarf, turning it into a true work of art: with exquisite materials, handmade, designed by artists, in limited editions and ultimately as an indispensable piece in the wardrobe of all women in the world.

Currently it is a piece that we can wear throughout the year, placing it on different parts of the body (neck, shoulders, head, as a top, etc.). Its use goes beyond simple protection against the cold, since we have a wide variety of designs that make the foulard a fundamental fashion accessory.

Different materials and thicknesses will make a difference not only in terms of price, but also in terms of seasonality. The different ways of wearing it are up to the taste and criteria of each woman, and above all to give that special touch to her different looks with this wonderful garment.

At Litti we have beautiful foulards and pashminas throughout the year in 100% natural materials, with very versatile and combinable colors, as well as exclusive designs.

We invite you to see them and make the scarf part of your outfits and your life.

DIWALI: Light for new beginnings

The month of November has a very special meaning for Indian culture: it is when they celebrate their Diwali festival, a wonderful period of renewal and joy for all, where lighting plays a fundamental role.

It is a festival that occurs once a year and lasts for 5 days, marking the entrance of the Hindu New Year. It is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the fortnight of what they call Kartika and marks a new spiritual path in their lives. Legend has it that Diwali commemorates the return of Prince Rama to his land after defeating the demon king Ravana.

The city dwellers at that time filled the city walls and roofs with lamps so that Rama could easily find his way back home. Hence the origin of the tradition of lighting many lights on this holiday.

During Diwali, tribute is also paid to the goddess Lakshmi for being a symbol of Prosperity and Wealth, and also to Ganesha, being very frequent the placement of altars in preferred places of homes to pay homage to these gods. In these five days of Diwali, Hindus carry out a series of very special activities: they place multiple lights and candles from dusk and throughout the night.

It is a period to clean and redecorate their houses to renew energy and wear new clothes, prepare special dishes and meals, give each other gifts, celebrate games and launch fireworks.

They also tend to wash their heads at sunrise, and in the evening to launch paper boats with lamps in the sacred rivers, with the belief that the further they go the greater the happiness they will bring.

We love the spiritual undertones of the Diwali holiday, where Hindus step into the light of life leaving unhappiness behind for a new year.

At Litti we love Indian culture and its beautiful traditions. Happy Diwali!





KNOWING THE HINDU GODS: INDRA

The official religion of India is Hinduism which is one of the richest and millenary in the world. It is a polytheistic religion that brings together beliefs, traditions and myths that have been passed on from generation to generation until today.

Each and every one of the gods of India are wonderful and have an incredible story worthy of being known, as well as a very characteristic physical representation that is part of the collective imagination of this culture, being found in temples, homes, accessories and endless spaces and surfaces.

That is why in Litti we want to dedicate some of our posts to get to know each of the gods of Indian culture. Today we will talk about Indra.

The god Indra is known as the king of the gods , the lord of heaven and main god of the Vedic religion, which is the predecessor of Hinduism. In Hinduism he becomes king of all the demigods or inferior gods. He is also known as the god of war, the atmosphere, the visible sky, the storm and the thunderbolt.

In his representation, the god Indra always appears with a lightning like weapon and mounted in a white elephant of seven tubes called Airavata. The aspect of Indra is also very particular because it has white and yellowish skin, and the body covered with eyes with eyelids that are what allow you to see everything that happens in the world.

He is a very special God with the beautiful mission of caring for and protecting other gods and humans from all evil and danger .

In Litti we are passionate about Hindu mythology and we hope to continue sharing their stories with you.

KNOWING THE HINDU GODS: GANESHA

I would like to explain you about the origin of God Ganesha and its meaning for Hinduism.

Ganesha or Ganesh is the son of the god Shiva and the goddess Parvati. It is the God of wisdom , of roads and letters. His mount (vahana) is a mouse.

It is usually represented with four arms, large belly and elephant head. He is the chief of Shiva’s armies, the gaṇas, supernatural beings. His two wives are Buddhi (intelligence) and Manas (mind).

According to the legend, Parvati had his son while Shiva was in the war against the asuras (demons). One day Parvati went to bathe, and asked Ganesha to watch the door of the room. At that time, Shiva, who was unaware of his wife’s pregnancy, returns home. Ganesh did not recognize his father, nor did he recognize his son, so the young god forbade him to pass. There was a fight and Shiva was enraged, beheaded Ganesha. When he realized that he had killed his son, and before the weeping of the disconsolate mother, Shiva came down to earth with the promise of giving his son the head of the first being he encountered. It turned out to be an elephant.

Protect the home and bring luck in the companies , so it is usually seen in shops and near the door of the houses. Ganesha is also the divinity of studies and intellectuals : it is the symbol of knowledge and the Hindu students invoke it to pass their exams.