With the re-emergence of Indian handlooms at all the various Fashion Weeks, with Anita Dongreâ€™s Grass Roots initiative and Samant Chauhan giving a contemporary twist to Dabka embroidery and zari work at the AIFW A/W 2016, â€¦ with FabIndia and Ogaan, and their lovely collection of Indian handloomsâ€¦ with young upcoming designers like Preetham Jukalkar and Mayraa and their unique twist on traditional Indian handloomsâ€¦ and with young ecommerce portals like gleamberry.com providing a platform to Indian weavers and craftsmenâ€¦ Indian handlooms seem to be becoming exotic once again!
Indian arts and weaves, that are so gorgeous and intricate, seemed to have lost their luster in the last few decades, not because they werenâ€™t beautiful, but because their styling had lost relevance with the modern Indian who was leaning towards a more western lifestyleâ€¦ aspiring for western fashion! Those were the years when opinion leaders of the fashion industry wanted to wear Armani and Dior dresses rather than an elaborate Banarasi saree.
Today however, if you look around, young India seems to have reached a place where weâ€™re trying hard to rediscover our roots and heritage. Where weâ€™re all trying to find relevance and re-connect with our past! Whether itâ€™s the popularity of Devdutt Patnaik and Amish Tripathi, or the resurgence of Yoga and Ayurvedaâ€¦ our age-old stories and practices are coming back and becoming a part of our lives, albeit in a more modern and relevant context!
So while Amish turned Lord Shiva into a super-cool, fantastical super-hero, Ayurveda gained popularity in the form of herbal and natural cosmeticsâ€¦ and Yoga, became â€˜art of livingâ€™! Thatâ€™s when the new-age modern Indian decided that our age-old past, was actually a gold-mine worth exploring! The same thing now, is happening to Indian Handlooms!
With us having reached a stage where western fashion has now become common-place, the whoâ€™s who of the fashion industry are now picking up this trend of rediscovering our past, and are very innovatively giving it a modern twist! Hence, Indian handlooms arenâ€™t just being worn as sarees, kurtas and dupattasâ€¦ theyâ€™ve been reinvented into blazers and suits, into dresses, into jumpsuits and Palazzos, into gowns and skirtsâ€¦ into whatever it is that you can fancy!
Dhotis have suddenly come back and not because men were wearing themâ€¦ but because, in an innovative twist of fashion-fate, women started wearing them again, first!
And backed by (or should we say, ‘driven by’) the Modi Governmentâ€™s â€˜Make in Indiaâ€™ agenda, weâ€™re sure to see a lot more Indian handlooms in newer avatars these coming years!
Ikkat, for example, is one of the big trends this seasonâ€¦ So one search for â€˜ikkatâ€™ on Roposo and youâ€™ll find everything from Ikkat shoes to Ikkat underwear !!
At the AIFW 2016 Autumn/winter show, we found Virtues by Viral, Ashish and Vikrant making â€˜Mashruâ€™ textiles all so fashionable, whileAnavila showed us how handloom cotton sarees were way cooler when worn on sneakers, knit tops and pants!
So hereâ€™s a tip!!
If you really wanna stay ahead of the fashion curve, go dig out those old handloom silk sarees from your momâ€™s cupboard that you always scoffed at! Think out-of-the box! Turn them into something coolâ€¦ like pants and a short jacket! Or a gorgeous long maxi skirt and a crop topâ€¦. Or better yetâ€¦ just wear them as they are â€“ like a saree in a unique drape with a sexy backless blouseâ€¦ or wear it over jeans and a crop top and watch! Youâ€™ll end up being one of the trendiest fashionistas around ðŸ˜‰
Hereâ€™s a look I created by wearing this gorgeous rich pink cotton-silk hand woven saree from FabIndia over black jeans and a crop top!
Hope you like the pics!
Photo Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/ACChaudhari” target=”_blank”>Archana Chaudhari
Hand woven cotton-silk Saree: FabIndia
Black Jeans: Zara
Black, off-shoulder crop top: Jealous 21
Waist belt: From my momâ€™s treasure boxâ€¦ was given to her by her parents at her wedding!
Earrings: The Silver street at Chandni Chowk, Delhi!
Footwear: Charles and Keith