NEW! The Nilgiris Pavadai Jacket

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NEW! The Nilgiris Pavadai Jacket

35.00

Along the borders of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka lie the Nilgiri Hills. From the Sanskrit for “blue mountains,” the Nilgiris are said to have gotten their name because of the neelakurinji shrubs (scientific name: Strobilanthes kunthiana) that paint the hills blue once every 12 years. This Nilgiris Pavadai Jacket is a celebration of the amazing neelakurinji and all its fellow flora. (The Nilgiris are home to 3,300 species of flora—including 175 species of orchids!)

In Tamil Nadu and other parts of South India, the Pavadai Jacket is a common apparel for young girls. It is also called Pattu Pavadai, from the Tamil words for “silk” and “long skirt”—and sometimes simply called pavadai. Although traditionally made only out of silk, the modern versions of pavadai are made from a kaleidoscope of fabrics—cotton, silk, synthetics—and come in both matching and contrasting styles. Whatever the fabric or style, a pavadai is a comfortable and elegant garment for any occasion from play to parties.

The long skirt of this Nilgiris Pavadai was created from gorgeous two-tone Kerala silk that can only be fully appreciated in person! Strands of blue and pink silk have been skillfully woven to create a fabric that flickers from pink to purple-blue as it moves in the light. The deep purple-blue satin of the jacket completes this stunning outfit.

Our Partner Artisan has created the Nilgiris Pavadai Jacket with three border variations:

#1: With silver border on jacket hem.

#2: With silver border in the middle of jacket.

#3: With gold border on jacket hem.

Each Pavadai Jacket is accompanied by a handmade doll-sized booklet to help kids learn more about the background of the outfit. There is even a little Indian language lesson for them to enjoy!

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PRODUCT DETAILS:

WARNING: Because this outfit includes snaps, it is not suitable for use in unsupervised play by children under age 5.

This garment consists of two pieces: the pavadai (long gathered skirt with thin strapped bodice) and the jacket (loose blouse worn on top of the pavadai). It was tailored to fit beautifully on a variety of 18” dolls including American Girl, My Life As, Ikuzi, Madame Alexander, and Our Generation. It also works great with a variety of soft-stuffed rag dolls. To know if this garment will fit well on the doll you have in mind, please refer to the measurements below: 

Pavadai: 

  • Length: 14” / 35.5 cm (from shoulder to bottom hem). 

  • Waist circumference 10.5” / 26.5 cm

  • Shoulder strap/arm hole: 5” / ~13cm (fits loosely at base of arm near shoulder)

  • Skirt circumference at hemline: 26” / 66 cms (skirt) 18” / ~ 35 cms (underskirt)

Jacket:

  • Length: 6” / ~15 cm (from shoulder to bottom hem).

  • Neck circumference: 8”

  • Arm hole circumference: 4”

  • Bust: 11.5” / 29cm 

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

To ensure this garment continues to fit your doll and look great, handwash it in delicate detergent and warm water and air dry on a flat surface. When needed, press with an iron heated to the Polyester setting.

HOW IT WAS MADE

+ This garment was machine sewn with sew-all rPET thread by Gutermann. We love this thread!

+ To prevent fraying, and increase the lifespan of the garment, all raw edges were finished with zigzag stitch or serging.

+ We always sew with pre-washed fabrics. We know this takes away that “like new” shine from the fabrics. But we do it to reduce our artisan’s exposure to chemicals when handling the fabric, and to minimize the possibility of the finished product shrinking when you wash it.  

+ This garment was sewn in the home of an Artisan Partner in Australia (NRI). 

+ This garment has been around the world and back, but we want it to come to you as fresh and clean as a rain-washed morning. That’s why each Artisan Partner-made piece is first hand-washed with gentle soap, rinsed in warm lavender/thyme water, and dried in the sun and wind at Seekna HQ before we list it in our shop. 

+ The pattern for this pavadai jacket was developed for Born Global by Phyllis Robson in 2018.


RETURN POLICY

If you are not fully satisfied with this product, our return policy allows you to receive a full refund of your purchased amount (including taxes and shipping, where applicable), if you contact us to request a refund and return the item within 30 days of your purchase. We will initiate the refund once we receive the returned item(s), and you should receive the refunded amount back to your account within 5 business days.