Handloom Outfit Ideas for the Festive Season

There was a time when chiffons and georgettes alone personified elegance and sophistication. But then, times have changed and so has fashion. The last half decade or so has witnessed a resurgence of interest in Indian handlooms, what with several leading politicians and movie stars flaunting these gorgeous fabrics with aplomb. If you’re one of those who has also taken a fancy to Indian handlooms, read on for some interesting outfit ideas that’ll come in useful this festive season:

  1. Bandhani Salwar Kameez

Painstakingly made by the Khatri community of Gujarat, this vibrant tie-dye textile is marked by a distinctive speckled pattern. Usually found in bright yellows, blues, greens, and blacks, Bandhani fabrics are not overly formal, and one may wear a Bandhani salwar kameez to one’s workplace as well as to a semi-formal luncheon or family get-together. A sequinned Bandhani suit set or one embellished with a zari border will lend a more glamorous, formal look. Plain silver jewellery will beautifully contrast with the brightness.

2. Chanderi Silk Anarkali Suit

Chanderi silk fabrics are native to Madhya Pradesh and are famed for their shimmering texture, lightweight, and rich, luxurious feel. Typically adorned with floral, paisley, geometric, and peacock motifs, Chanderi fabrics are marked by gold and silver brocade which further enhances their beauty. Make a style statement this festive season with an aquamarine and golden or buttercup yellow Chanderi silk Anarkali suit. Carry a delicate resham dupatta and seal your look with moonstone jewellery.

3. Muga Silk Palazzo Set

Blaze a trail in handloom fashion this festive season with an alluring Muga silk palazzo set. Indigenous to the north-eastern state of Assam, this fine-quality silk is known the world over for its durability and natural gold-tinted colour. However, contrary to popular notion, Muga does take colour like any other silk. Ooze ethnic elegance with a golden Muga silk shirt and wide, black palazzo pants. Sport iridescent stone jewellery; throw on a Kalamkari printed dupatta, and you’re good to go.

4. Patola Saree

A must-have for every Indian handloom-lover, the Patola saree is a double ikat woven saree native to Patan, Gujarat. The technique followed for making this saree is a closely guarded secret known to none but the sons of the traditional weaver families. Usually found in brilliant colours, Patola sarees are embossed with animal, floral, geometric designs, and dancing figures. Make an unforgettable fashion statement in an emerald green or burgundy Patola saree this Dussehra or Diwali. Accessorize with gold earrings and a mangtika.

5. Banarasi Saree

The mother of all handlooms, the Banarasi saree with its intricate zari work and vivid colours is a prized possession for any saree lover. Crafted with fine woven silk, Banarasi sarees commonly feature gold work, intricate motifs, jali work, and other stunning visual effects. Never to go out of fashion, the Banarasi saree can be worn on all formal occasions. Exude festive glamour this Diwali with a pink or violet Banarasi saree. Add a hint of glamour with diamond rings and bangles; else, keep it simple with fresh flower jewellery.

While the festive season is ready to embrace Indian handlooms in a big way, there’s no doubt that these masterpieces of Indian craft have a versatility that will long outlive seasons and festivals!

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