Perhaps the greatest disservice to the saree is to treat it as an elite garment, to undermine its fluidity, to box it into well-worn or untidy. It is the most creative garment I know, one that lets me twist and pull and knot and coax it to reflect my mood. I have known sarees that look happy and sarees that look sad, never mind the mood of the wearer. So for #NationalHandloomDay , my saree of choice is not an exotic masterpiece of a master couturier but the humble cotton gamchha saree...one inspired by checked washcloths in Bengal. This one is by @bailou.india, a brand I admire deeply and respect not just for their work but equally for their use of 'normal' people to model their sarees, long before Instagram-airbrushed influencer-driven realism became the advertising norm.
The drape I chose is the Gobbe-Seere drape from Karnataka (Hat tip: @thesariseries) with some modifications. First, the use of a belt to keep it all in place, and second, the knot at the end of the pallu since I ran out of cloth by then. Hopefully it can clock a #drapegoals win.
Since the saree is the focus, I am sans #accessories today. The initial planning involved the use of a different #unblouse and some lovely accessories, that ultimately ended up making the ensemble look too busy. Swipe to see how I started.
Since the pallu has these adorable hand-painted wooden birds on it attached to tassles, it qualifies for #world_of_handcrafted , as also does my handbag, a recent buy from @a_finestory during Ziba by Hand's #handmade #collective #exhibition in #Delhi .
The ensemble also checks Iyshu's #gogreenwith6yards box. It only fails to qualify for my own #8sarees8states as Bengal has already entered the fray there, with my Baluchari.
In the end, if I make an ever so tiny contribution towards passing on some of this love for handlooms and #handicrafts to my colleagues and friends, that will be my win. .
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