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To Celebrate // Wedding Gifts

Christina Thelin

Posted on August 07 2018

To Celebrate // Wedding Gifts

 

It’s summer time, which means it’s bridal shower and wedding season. Wedding registries are fantastic, especially for younger couples who are starting out their lives and first homes together. But what about those couples who have not created a registry, have asked for donations, or simply don’t want to register for a bunch of stuff? Or perhaps they already seemingly have everything. If you’re looking for a thoughtful bridal or wedding shower gift, consider buying the bride to be a handmade item, crafted out of love, that represents something meaningful. Below are five of our favorite bride-to-be gifts at INA + ILIA.



INA + ILIA's Favorite Wedding Gifts

1. Something Old - Saloni Tablecloth and Wall Hanging, $375.00

This stunning piece is a work of love and art, holding so much symbolic meaning.

Saloni Wall Hanging INA + ILIA Mirrored

Why we love it

The name Saloni means beautiful, and these stunning one of a kind hand-embroidered textiles are a beautiful example of the mirror-work found in Gujarat, India. Woven cotton with mirror detailing on organic burlap, these colorful Saloni Tablecloth + Wall Hanging will rejuvenate any area of the bride to be’s home. With sun and heart motifs, these dowry pieces that you see are the actual product you will receive. Whether you choose to frame the piece, use it as a runner, or even place it on the floor under a side table you will be sure to spark conversation with this stunner of an ancient woven piece, typically found in a bride’s dowry chest. The heavy-duty burlap and embroidery give the piece a patchwork-quilt feel to the touch. Makes a perfect wedding or birthday gift.

Meet our artisans

The Saloni wall hanging hails from Gujarat, India by a female weaver from the Jat Weaving Collective in the Banni Grassland Reserve. Mirror work produced by this community is influenced by motifs and designs that have long been integrated into the culture and heritage of traditional Indian textile handicrafts. Craftswomen and men in this region are highly skilled in mirror work production and embroidery, often completed as heavy patchwork quilts.   

 

2. Something New - Alisha White Mirrored Silk Cross Body Bag, $60.00

Every bride needs a bag to keep a handkerchief and lipstick in. Gift this stunning showstopper with mirrored detailing to her.

Alisha Beaded Cross Body Bag

Why we love it

Our noble looking Alisha Beaded + Mirrored Silk Cross Body Bag is available in yellow, off white and green. Add a pop of color to your outfit, whether heading out for the evening in t-shirt and jeans or a cocktail dress. Adorned with finely embroidered mirror work, the Alisha cross body bag is a timeless classic that invites in peace, harmony, and light. Delicate to the touch but made of natural, organic raw silk fibers you will want to wear this again and again. Looking for a bridal shower gift or sweet sixteen present? This is it. These embroideries help preserve a tradition that has been passed on for centuries, often offered as customary gifts in weddings, dowries, and spiritual ceremonies.

Meet our artisans

The Alisha cross body bag is handmade by the Kutch Craftswomen Collective  who have passed on their needlework tradition from generation to generation. The women are part of a cooperative of 1200+ rural artisans from 11 ethnic communities across 65 villages in arid interiors of Kutch, India. Providing socioeconomic empowerment to women, the collective preserves traditional Kutch embroidery - a beautiful and heavily detailed form of Indian traditional embroidery which originates from the Kutch region of Gujarat in North Western India. The embroidery techniques comprise a combination of stitches and mirrors, or ‘abhla.’ These small mirrors and sometimes even beads are used along with embroidery, placed decoratively along geometric patterns.  

 

3. Something BorrowedMyrthi Embroidered + Mirrored Silk Jewelry Pouch, $35.00

Place your piece of jewelry that you are lending to the bride in this beautiful hand embroidered silk pouch, for her to keep. 

https://www.inaandilia.com/collections/for-the-bride-to-be/products/myrthi-embroidered-mirrored-silk-jewelry-pouch

Why we love it

This gorgeous Myrthi Embroidered + Mirrored Silk Jewelry Pouch featuring a rising sun and star motif is the perfect storage or gift giving solution for a small keepsake or piece of jewelry. The delicate, one of a kind silk pouch is adorned with finely embroidered gold, royal blue and cardinal colored thread, heralding in strength, power, and positive energy. This miniature piece of art will welcome in ‘oos and ahs’ from the receiver, which is why we have named it after the Indian girl’s name for friendship. Pouch can also double as a small children’s purse

Meet our artisans

The Myrthi jewelry pouch is handmade by the Kutch Craftswomen Collective working as part of a cooperative of 1200+ rural artisans from 11 ethnic communities across 65 villages in arid interiors of Kutch, India. Providing socioeconomic empowerment to women, the collective preserves traditional Kutch embroidery - a beautiful and heavily detailed form of Indian traditional embroidery which originates from the Kutch region of Gujarat in North Western India. The embroidery techniques comprise a combination of stitches and mirrors, or ‘abhla.’ These small mirrors and sometimes even beads are used along with embroidery, placed decoratively along geometric patterns.  

 

4. Something Blue - Lalita Blue + White Cotton Robe, $95.00

A beautiful gift for the bride to be or bridal party, these stunning hand block printed robes will make for the perfect ‘getting ready’ photos.

Lalita Cotton Robe

Why we love it

Wrap yourself in this ultrasoft traditional paisley Indian Lalita Cotton Robe to complement your morning or nighttime routine at home. Block printed on cotton that only gets softer over time, treat yourself or the new mothers in your life to this small gift of luxury. Fits all sizes and includes a belt, one pocket and inside robe tie. Paisley is an art form representing the totality of life within a drop. Fertility, creation, abundance and all of what is necessary to bring something into being. Paisley is a great tool for meditation that can be used to zone in and out at the same time.

Meet our artisans

The Lalita Cotton Robe was block printed on high-quality, organic cotton by craftswomen from the Blockprinters Group outside of Jaipur, India - a city whose founders were enlightened patrons of the arts and crafts. Nature centers their process: the wooden hand block is the most organic printing device, and dyeing with vegetable colors is a non-toxic coloring technique that goes back centuries.

 

 5. Something White - Keya Embroidered Wedding Shawl, $105.00

Threaded with white and gold, this serene handwoven shawl will add a touch of glamour and warmth to the bride’s look.

Keya Wedding Shawl INA + ILIA 

Why we love it

This one of a kind hand-woven and hand-embroidered Keya linen wedding shawl is the touch you’ve been looking for to complete your wedding outfit. With golden accents, natural blue shading in the richly embroidered floral motif and tasseled ends, we can’t imagine a more perfect wrap to keep your shoulders warm on the most important day of your life. Whether you choose to sport the shawl over your shoulders or use the shawl as a table runner during future anniversary dinners, you won’t be disappointed with the beautifully embroidered floral and elephant motif featured on the scarf. This light linen will soften over time. People are sure to ask, ‘Where did you get that?’. This makes for the perfect bridal shower or anniversary gift.

Meet our artisans

The Keya Wool Shawl is lovingly made by Rajasthan hand weavers in Rajasthan, India known for its brightly hued palacial cities of blue and pink. The female weavers who make this shawl are part of a weaving collective that preserves the art of weaving, which has been in India for hundreds of years, popularized during the 1400s when European households ordered rich tapestries be produced.

 

When in doubt, a gift card and handmade card go a long way. See our entire list of suggested bride to be gifts by clicking here. What are your favorite gifts to give the bride to be? 



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