Come Navratri time and you will note the ladies in our nation decked to the nines, with appears to be like curated for all 9 days. From matha pattis on their heads and bandhani lehengas to reflect work juttis, these make for the quintessential Navratri wardrobe.
While chaniya cholis are the standard Gujarati apparel worn for garba and dandiya dances, we have now seen a shift to three-piece units, co-ord units, dhoti sarees and sharara ensembles that supply consolation and elegance. Fashion designer Hitayshi Shah says, “One thing that has remained a constant in these outfits are the traditional mirror work, bandhani and leheria print worn during these festivities.”
While the craft of mirror work has a wealthy historical past relationship again to thirteenth century Persia, it’s now being modernised for its “timelessness and versatile appeal”, explains Shah, including, “A type of hand embroidery, it also goes by the name of sheesha or abhala bharat embroidery. Mirror work includes attaching small pieces of mirror onto fabric”.
Bandhani is one other common print that makes an look through the festive season. With its tie and dye type, it stays a traditional piece in any festive closet. Anirudh Kankatala, Director of Kankatala says, “Bandhani is crafted with the highest level of detailing and technique. The fabric is tied and then dyed and later knotted using needles to form a figurative design. Bandhani is not a weave. It’s a technique of work done on other fabrics such as kanchipuram, Banarasi, georgette, etc.” This centuries-old craft is native to Gujarat, Rajasthan and components of Uttar Pradesh and its traces might be discovered within the Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, the place you’ll find depictions of girls sporting such tie-dye garments.
To make one saree, it take artisans anyplace from one to 6 weeks and even longer, if it has extra intricate detailing.
Designers and fashionistas alike are making means for a brand new period of bandhani and mirror work as they offer their very own twist to it. While some select to go the standard route, couturiers with an modern imaginative and prescient search to make a mark by giving these age-old crafts a makeover. Actors Alia Bhatt and Kiara Advani have worn outfits with these designs on the crimson carpet, for festivities and different occasions, whereas trend bloggers like Riya Jain and Sukhmani Gambhir take to their social media accounts to unfold the appeal of those designs.