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A friend and I put in an order for some items from East Essence, she ordered the bulk of it…I just got a really awesome abayah and 2 kurtas.
So, anyway, here is my review of them. The site is becoming pretty popular and I am constantly reading posts on sisters groups asking whether anyone has ordered from them and what their experience was like.
First off, the items DO ship from India and via DHL, they took about 7 business days to get to us.
The quality was MUCH better than what we had anticipated, ditto for the fabric used as well. I dont know about their polyester fabric abayaat but because we were ordering for summer wear we stuck to summer appropriate fabrics.
I got this abayaah-which, yes I know IS a knock-off of a Shukr linen abayaah.
Here it is on me;
Close up; it’s actually a very deep ruddy reddish/brown.
I also got 2 comfort fit kurtas in black and turquoise. These come to about mid-thigh. East Essence also has longer, knee-length ones which as we all know can be almost impossible to find here in the States!
The rayon-flax abayah is VERY nice and perfect for the summer, they also have the same one in Lilac. I wear a lot of black so this brown one with designs is quite refreshing and “summery”. The air flows right through it. The fabric has a nice substantial feel and will last well. It’s A-line and one thing I noticed is that their items DO run a tad on the larger/baggier size. I easily could have went down one size. Though like all linen and linen like materials I will personally stick to hand washing and air drying it.
I was surprised to see that the stitching was quite top-notch. I’ve had some subpar experiences with Pakistani and Indian made clothing so liked that these were made very very well.
The shirts are good too, though next time I will get the knee length ones so I can more easily pair them with baggy jeans. These comfort fit ones will work well with baggy jeans as well, but personally, I prefer my tunics longer.
Thankfully the fabric is NOT see-through. I don’t know abouit the white, but it seems like a lot of Indianj kurta’s you find at the Boho/Hippie type shops are made of a very sheer material so you still have to wear a top under. Which makes summer wear a pain. These are quite opaque. The fabric is cotton and is quite thick and substantial. It’s not thin and flimsy. Again, I think these will wear and last well. These are cut a bit bigger and baggier, which surprised me because most kurta I can find seem to be very slim cut or snug in the hip/behind area.
<Note: I DID remove the sequins as I’m not a huge bling on clothing fan.>
Here are some other designs of theres that I am drooling over…
Update= Feb, 2012…Ive ordered from this company twice since this post and unfortuntately I was NOT happy with the quality OR construction of the garments! The cotton garments shrink and get wonky fast, they wear out fast! The polyester stuff is oay-ish but still, the construction quality is atrocious! Im a firm believe in…you get what you pay for! Id rather be “price gauged” by a quality item than “ripped off” by a kr@ppy one! Which will last longer? Obviously the quality one…