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Inspiration for Navratri Ethnic wear

The festival season is right around the corner. And I am sure all the ladies would be looking for inspirations in Pinterest for the ethic wear right about now.

We south Indians, always have closet full of pattu langas and sarees. Do we really need to buy more clothes this festive season? Let’s try the minimalism concept here and re-cycle our wardrobe and see how this goes for the Navratri season. It’s not like we are actually stepping out of house, all decked up to participate dandiya nights anyway! All we need is a comfortable pattu langa or saree to do puja in, all nine days and celebrate the Navratri.

Here are some inspirations for the ethnic wear:

We all have at least a couple of pattu langas or lehengas that we can re-cycle from our closet.

This is the tradition style south Indian pattu langa with traditional colors: pasupu and kumkuma.

After the pattu lanaga fashion wore off, my sisters have introduced me to the fabric world and how to design our own lehengas and sarees. The next three lehengas are my own creations.

This is a chanderi silk lehenga in pink color, purple border and purple leaves around the border. For the blouse I have taken Banaras brocade and sleeves of pure Banaras separately. Dupatta is purple soft net and I have taken contrast pink shimmer border.

The next lehenga is a bit different from the traditional lehenga. I made this lehenga in two layers: outer one is soft net fabric with cut work and the second layer is a plan satin red legenga. I went for a velvet blouse. You can choose a satin blouse or a raw silk blouse too. For dupatta I chose red chiffon with self ribbon border.

For the last lehenga, I took midnight blue pure Banaras fabric with butta and contrast off-white blouse in the same fabric and sleeves of dark green color to go with the dupatta, in raw silk fabric with motifs. You can go with soft crepe too if you find the fabric in the darkest shade. But usually crepes come in lighter shades, even the darker ones. In my option Raw silk fabric gives rich and royal look to the outfit.

Let’s take a look at the sarees options:

Again, we have at least one of those Georgette pure silk sarees in monotone colors in our closet or the Kerala style sarees like I would like to call them. Pair them up with a contrast raw silk blouse and see the magic!

This is a half and half saree, designed by my sister. The saree itself is in off white chanderi silk fabric and pista green shimmer net fabric. For border, motifs and blouse she used pure Banaras fabric in contrast purple color.

This is another one of my sister’s designs. The saree is of brasso fabric in peach color. And she used two borders for the saree. The outer border is of raw silk fabric in off white color and the golden yellow embroidered border. To tone down the heaviness of the saree, I have paired it with a plain yellow raw silk blouse.

The Navratri ethnic wear is not complete without a bandhini saree or a lehenga. So here is the traditional bandhej silk saree in lovely pink and orange colors.

And the last one for your inspiration, ladies: is the mirchi green and mirchi red chanderi silk saree. The minute I saw this saree when I was purchasing it, reminded me of Aishwarya Rai from Devdas. And I could not stop myself from buying it. I even went ahead and made a blouse like she did in the movie, except her saree was in royal blue color. Apart from the movie, this saree gave me a retro feel with the big buttas and checkers.

Hope you all like the inspirations! Don’t be shy to share your thoughts.

Saudhamini Mylaram

HR by profession. Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do apart from gardening, cooking and driving.

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