Section – 2
With the dupatta assuming such importance. Almost all designers are venting their creativity on its expanse and embellishing it with zari. Resham, till sequins and beads. In fact, when it comes to bridal wear, the odhni often weighs more than the garment. Real gota borders and brocade kinaris are being used extensively. Traditional fabrics like brocades and silks have always been, are and will always be intrinsic to dressing for weddings in Indian culture. They remain a favourite with the designers as they are versatile and lend themselves to unlimited possibilities as far as embroidery is concerned. Traditional embroideries and old world charm are back in fashion. Almost every second designer is out to replicate ornate ancient motifs and patterns from Mughal costumes with intricate burnished gold and silver zardosi.
As far as saris are concerned, the weave, texture, yarn and colours are all being resurrected— be it the Kanjeevarams, the Paithanis, the Jamevars, the Benarasi brocades or the Patan Patolas. Team them with traditional jadau jewellery, and you’ve got your look. This is if you want to be the traditional bride. If you want an alternative look, try a gold tissue sari to signify passion, fertility and abundance. The ‘floaty feel’, thanks to hand-worked crepes and georgettes, also epitomizes the look of the moment. Poise, symmetry, balance and poetry all get woven into each fold. But how call we talk about saris. Without mentioning blouses and cholis? This year the blouse cuts are clean yet traditional. Spaghetti strapped blouses and backless cholis have given way to conventional blouses. The cuts are soft and accentuated with the use of scoop necks—very trendy but simple. And while embellishments can enhance. let us not forget that we live in the era of ‘effortless dressing. You can also be restrained and devise ways and means of making a statement with a muted colour palette. Off-white is back. but with touches of rust and burnt orange, not to forget the shaded combinations like turquoise and purple, and mustard and orange. Brides today are swearing off reds and magentas. Instead they prefer to combine red with off-white or go for other muted colours.