It’s wedding season in India, especially in the north. As a consequence, my social feeds are flooded with wedding pictures, outfit inspos & jewellery flatlays. Not a day goes by without the sounds of a barat, celebrating as they make their way to a wedding. I’ve only now entered into the age where wedding invitations have suddenly increased & since I hardly went to any while growing up, I didn’t have a wardrobe ready.
I quickly rummaged through my mother’s sari collection, which, I’ve since come to realise, is magnificent! Since she is a Malayali herself & we stayed in different parts of the south, wearing & collecting good saris was second nature to her. This has inspired me to start wearing saris regularly in 2018 (first new year resolution?) so expect a lot more posts like this. 🙂
So imagine my surprise (& pleasure) when the sari pictured here was sent to me by the folks at Katran. Katran is a company started by a friend’s mom who graduated as a textile designer but she never got the time to work on it after. Now at 47 she’s finally started! She now curates & collects old & new saris and recreates them into other garments like skirts, lehengas, shirt dresses(!!!) and kurtas. If you want to check out more of their pieces or wish them to source something specific for you, DM them on Instagram here.
I was so excited to get this! I get to build my own collection now. The sari is a gorgeous rani pink, made of fine Tussar silk. I loved how simple the fabric was, letting the colour shine through, accentuated by the work on the border of the pallu (my nickname, incidentally haha). I’m not a huge fan of overtly heavy prints and patterns so this was perfectly balanced. It also allows you to be heavy with your jewellery, if you wish so.
I got the silk blouse from New Market in Kolkata, where I recently went for a wedding & the fitting is perfect! It’s slightly low cut (nothing that can’t be fixed with the way you wear the sari) which makes the neck look graceful & get the collarbones to pop (always a plus point :P).
I paired them with earrings I bought from Lajpat Nagar a long time ago and kept the makeup simple – not only does that keep the focus on the Sari, it also ensures I won’t sleep off! I tend to get really sleepy after putting make up on! 😀
And the best part was – my mother helped tie the sari. Which means, short of a storm, NOTHING would shift the pleats around & make me walk around scared! Felt so much more empowered! Here’s a silly video of me twirling below!
For My Curls
Thankfull for this shoot, I also had great wash day results! For this look, I used the following:
- As I am Leave in Conditioner (You can read my review about this favourite here)
- Cantu Curl Activator (You can watch a video & results of this curl cream in this post)
- Ecostyler Gel (My go-to)
- Righteous Root Oil to SOTC (Scrunch out the crunch) that i bought from a new site that Liz started that’s getting curly hair products to India! :O
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