“ Drape me round and around, 6 yards of myself and Three forth an ounce of you,
Together we create a moment under the willow tree , an anticipatory moment in the caravan,
a regal delusion , a rustic delight , a poetic memory “
Saree – 6 yards of Poetry for few .
And 6 yards of cloth adorned by mommies and aunties in India for rest all. Saree has been the most rudimentary form of dressing across the length and breadth of India for women. Though with globalization , it has hardly been able to retain its monopoly in the urban India. With the advent of easier options of ready to wear sulwar kameez, modern women got rid of saree as it took time to be draped well. With more exposure to the cultures across the world, Indian youth became open to Denims, skirts , shorts and Dresses.
The modernisation has penetrated the roots of the old world society so much so that if I mention Saree shopping, everybody around me asks ,” So what is the occasion ? Why would you want to wear a saree on a regular day ?” And as usual I roll my eyes to their ignorance and smirk within 🙂
Well well let me tell you , it’s a new-found love. I never thought I would wear sarees so often. About 5 years back, I had started a retail store in this city where people would think twice on wearing a day dress casually . It took me almost 2 years to convince that just like your denims and Tees, these too are an everyday dressing staple for so many people, typically Parsis and Goan Christians. ( One friend still teases his wife as Goan aunty if she wears a dress.. True Story. ) At that point of time in my life , I was obsessed with dresses. Day dress, evening dress, beach dress , brunch dress, cocktail dress. I have a closet full of them which lay just there for now.
Why ? Because I have found new love – Classic Indian Saree.
I mean who wouldn’t want to wear a saree ? Why do women want to wear saree when they reach 40 or above? ( Yes 30’s are the new 20’s right ? ) Why can’t we embrace this uber graceful attire at any age group ? Why are we so shy to wear a saree ? Do you think it makes you look very desi ? ( I wouldn’t mind being one ) Do you think your friends and your husband will mock you ?
Gather confidence women ! Till date I am yet to come across an outfit which is sexy as hell and yet classy and romanticized as the poetry that takes your breath away.
India is rich in textile variation coming from almost 20 plus odd states with different weaves, different methods of printing, different works, different colors and different fabrics. In last 6 months I have picked up sarees from different states which includes silks from Chennai, Onam saree from Kerala, Puneri sarees from Pune ,hand block printed sarees of Jaipur, chanderis from MP and last but not the least my own creations at Appleblossom.
So sharing with you folks two of Appleblossom’s own creations.
This Bicycle print is a contemporary take on the traditional form of dressing. The effort to blend different fabrics, colors and patterns in an aesthetically pleasing way gave rise to this piece of art. The usage of Coral pink in the front pleats embedded with French blue colored bicycle makes it quirky and fun. The zig zag black and white pattern adds to the geometry of the saree which is coupled with a boat necked crop top blouson.
Nisha Vikram, founder of Craftcanvas, flaunts this lovely Tamil print saree with elan. She has always been fascinated with Indian textiles and crafts. Keeping the color trends in mind , I created this saree using the Tamil alphabets in the print, though a mirror image . Neon Green with fuchsia became the base. To add a stark contrast , I added a checkered pattern. End result – A big wide grin on Nisha’s face 🙂
The blocks will be made for future, prints will be designed, patterns would be created, all fresh and new. While I do all of that, you guys keep checking this space for more updates 🙂
Keep it simple and stylish.
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