A Portuguese traveller in the early 1500s described saree as
"The women wear white garments of very thin cotton or silk of bright colour ,five yards long, one part of which is girt round their below and the other part on their shoulder across their breasts in such a way that one arm and shoulder remain uncovered"
The deep involvement and complete sense of identity of the Indian women with the sari, has made her resist the pressure to change her style of dress ,inadvertently providing continuity in weaving traditions of every part of the country. The sari represents a culture in which the woven and the textured-with -pattern garment pierced or intruded upon by the stitching needle was considered not only more appropriate in terms of aesthetics and climate but was an act of greater purity and simplicity. The sari allows us to go back at least a thousand years in terms of design. It is conceived on the loom as a three-dimensional garment with variables in pattern, weave and structure between its inner and outer end pieces and its two borders which provide drape ,strength and weight.
Please, please ,Amba my goddess I fear I am caught in my paithani sari
Please Siva my god,let me play fearlessly with her.
-Commemorative verse to Goddess Amba
Magentas,Green ,Reds clashing against the Benarasi Golden threads indulges India's obesession for dazzling contrasts evoking mad harmony while exploring the handwoven textile Paithani in its simplest form for this blog post .
It's a sort of nostalgic journey I embark on with my grandma's paithani.
The festive season is a time all about letting go of the old and making way for the new. So why not same for the wardrobe instead just flinching strides of a remixed version of your grandmothers wardrobe to make your own.
STYLE TIP: Those looking to hide your love handles this drape comes in super handy also no need to carry your dupatta so you can accentuate curve sat all the right places with this high waisted lehenga.
My Lehenga is courtesy Label Sailesh Singhania and the paithani saree is my nanis. I hope you enjoy my take on Indian outfits as much as my western counterparts.