Hey friends! here I am with a new post and this post is special for me because this is about something which I have always loved, yes!always means since my childhood days. And I dont even remember when I was first introduced to a saree rather as far as I remember, there wasn’t any formal introduction, rather I was self attracted to this beautiful piece of 6 yards. Ahh! I still remember the days when I used to try my mom’s sarees, yeah! offcourse! secretly.
Hailing from a place in Jharkhand which is famous for its tussar silk, my mother had a great collection of handloom sarees mainly tussar, sambalpuri, tant, jamdani, muslin, garad, korial, baluchari, kantha, Murshidabad silks, and some with grand embroidery like banarasi and Mysore silk. But I was mostly attracted towards the cotton ones because most of the times I can find the influential women flaunting their cotton sarees with great elan, so it gave me a feeling of power-dressing.
So when I came to know that Its World Ethnic day on 19th June 2018, I decided to celebrate our ethnicity in collaboration with Unnati silks which is a pioneer in Indian Handloom Industry.And this time too I chose to style a cotton saree straight from God’s own country. Bingo! you guessed it right, its Kerala Cotton Saree.
About Unnati Silks :
Mr. Devendra Gopal Ladha is the CEO & Managing Director of the business entity called Unnati Silk Prints Pvt. Ltd. Popularly known as the pioneer and founding member of his brainchild Unnati Silks, he has nurtured a single room effort in handlooms, begun in 1980, which today has blossomed into a well-managed family enterprise with global operations.
Unnati Silks is a saga of ‘HANDLOOMS FOR WOMEN‘ that began in 1980. Three decades hence it has transformed from a single shop entity to become a family enterprise with extended arms and global operations. Customer – Centric that it is, Unnati Silks anticipates, innovates and provides with a strong belief that each and every customer is special and requires that something, which is unique, refreshing, fashionable and of quality.
An experience of three decades plus in silk and cotton textiles Unnati has carved out a niche presence for itself in being the manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and exporter of genuine silk cotton handlooms like sarees, salwar suits, kurtas, kurtis and other Indian ethnic fabrics. This has thereby created for it, a sizable domestic market from across the country and overseas.
Having a product range that is as varied as it is vast, handwoven and handcrafted, the devotion and dedication of talented ethnic artisans from across 21 states of India comes through in the products on display. Having the Handloom Mark and Silk Mark for most of its products, Unnati’s customers are assured a legitimate backing too, despite being guaranteed original handloom products from the start.
About Kerala cotton saree:
The Kerala Cotton Saree adapted from Mundum Neriyathum, the traditional attire of Malayali women in the South Indian state of Kerala, has been modified suitably, to also appeal to the changing times.
Borrowing from this traditional costume, the Kerala Cotton Saree of white or cream with golden or broad Zari border, which gives it the name of Kerala Kasavu Sari, is worn specially for festivals. As with Mundum Neriyathum, the blouse matches the Kerala Cotton Saree for festive occasions with colours based on the age and marital status of the woman. A green coloured blouse would be for young, unmarried girls, while the married and middle aged women wear red blouses.
My Saree saga:
Post marriage, my trousseau was full of heavy, embroidered sarees and I was unable to carry it well in my daily life , even draping them was not my cup of tea. And sadly I started moving away from this childhood love of mine. But the moment I received this saree, it took me back to my memory lane and believe me it was super easy for me to drape it. Also I love the way it accentuated my curves.This simple yet chic Kerala cotton saree has become my absolute favourite now.
Styling the Saree:
This beautiful saree has all my favourite colours red, blue, green and lots of off white and obviously a golden border to add even more to the charm. Since the off white part is dominating the colour chart of the saree so I decided to go for a bright colour as blouse. I paired it with a green shirt to give it a contemporary look and complimented with just a tassel statement necklace.
Pairing a saree with a shirt is a great idea since I was ensured of no-skin show as I opted to wear it to my workplace. The saree is so light weight and comfortable that I never felt uneasy while working or moving in the office. In fact I got lots of compliments for this power-dressing. It really made me feel like boss-babe and that day I was flaunting my piece of six yards with great dignity and elan.
The traditional way :
As with Mundum Neriyathum, the blouse matches the Kerala Cotton Saree for festive occasions with colours based on the age and marital status of the woman. So I styled it with a red blouse too.
So, this world ethnic day, you too can drape yourself in this piece of gorgeousness here
Do let me know in the comments if you too have any childhood memories with sarees. Also which look you like more? the contemporary style(with green blouse) or traditional way (with red blouse) ?