The world of fashion has spoken. Style experts are embracing the ethnicity and the heritage of looms, prints and native fabrics. All in all, there is no better time to wear a saree.
The whole nine yards of a saree should no longer be restricted to attending weddings. Or subjected to Nivi drapes and a dozen safety pins. With an hour long saree show and a plethora of designers showcasing different drapes of sarees, Amazon India Fashion Week AW 2017 chronicled the changing face of Indian fashion.
It’s time to put experimentation at its best and make the most of saree trends. Here are three simple ways to re-invent your look and stand out in a saree.
1. Experiment with blouses.
From embellishments to dangles, we’ve seen all kinds of kaarigari on the blouse. While that’s great to wear on occasions, try to think out of the box. One of the main reasons our moms and grandmothers were able to wear sarees so often was because of its versatility. Instead of wearing fitted blouses that end on top of your waist, try loosely fitted blouses made of khadi or cotton. Wear a collared shirt, cowl-neck tops and summer jackets with a saree.
2. Embrace native prints.
An important part of Indian heritage is our native prints. Ajrakh, Bandhini, Patola, Ikat, Dabu and Tribal prints are some of the many prints that are unique to us and are doing rounds with designers too. Pair them with earthy hues or neutrals like creams and blues.
3. Change the drape.
Did you know that because of the weave work is done on the pallu of a Banarasi saree, it’s supposed to be worn with a seedha palla? Or that a Kuchipudi saree from Andhra Pradesh is draped like a handkerchief (thanks to its name, Telia Rumaal)? We have a 100 ways of draping a saree from every state and part of India. Try to go out of your way to know a bit about the weave and drape it accordingly.
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