Unparalleled Beauty of the Chanderi

Fabric from the heartland – Madhya Pradesh

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I am not the weekday blogger. But, when you know you will be on a vacation the weekend you are ‘supposed’ to write your blog, it is good to break the routine! So folks, I am off to Sikkim for a much needed break. Not a break from blogging, but the otherwise routine Monday to Friday life.

Sometime, it is really important to rejuvenate yourself. Find that space which fits you bets. The after effect is pure bliss. It is good to dive into the pool of comfort and luxury. Once in a while gift yourself with what you deserve. The results are fabulous.

Speaking about luxury, let me tell you about the fabric of the day – Chanderi. Luxury that is so subtle and well defined. This fabric does not scream out to stand out. It’s sheer texture, finish, zari work, lightweight, makes it a pure classic. Originating from a small town called Chanderi (where it got it’s name from), in Madhya Pradesh, this fabric has stood out as favourite for various occasions. Summer wear to party wear, a Chanderi can be worn 365 days.

In a special collaboration with Hathkargha, I present to you the beautiful, Chanderi.

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A little about Hathkargha:

 

An Online Store to explore the traditional creativity of Indian weavers and craftsmen. Hathkargha enables you to shop Garment accessories-Saris,Dupatta & Stoles which are manufactured at their unit in Uttarakhand by the name-Karishma and handpicked from all over the country promoting Indian handloom sector. Tussar silk from West Bengal to Rajasthan’s block print-They try to give their best of every state in just one click.

It is great to work with people who share the same interest as mine – reviving Indian Handloom. How beautiful is it to showcase one classic fabric every alternate week!

We tried to work on three different products , a yellow chanderi dupatta, embosed with beautiful zari parrots; a red dupatta with broad grey border, adorned with golden pyramid zari; a beautiful pink sari, done up with golden zari border and minimal zari work on the body.

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The Classic pink sari:

Every sari has a story to tell. We Indians are fascinated about this particular outfit. We take it to office, weddings, festivals, gatherings and so many more places. It is a fact that Indian women look their best in a sari.

This subtle pink number from Hathkargha has become a favourite. If you look at it, you will not be able to say if it is for regular wear or a party wear. This fabric, whose evolution took place in the 1890’s, can give any fancy cocktail sari a run for their money.

I have styled this sheer textured Chanderi sari with a contrasting blue blouse which has a mirror work border. Nothing should overpower a sari. This is my simple mantra in life! I put on a few kundan bangles and used an earing as a maang tikka. There I was, looking perfect.

This look can easily be a part of your summer wedding diaries. Pair it with a simple pink, black or white shirt, and you can make the ultimate BOSS LADY at work. I am completely in love with the trend of mixing a shirt with a sari. Do try it out, it is here to stay.

Let me tell you, this sari is so lightweight that you can replace it for those blazers you wear to work. The motifs on the sari, which are handwoven in the handloom, is such a stunner. The gold is subtle and does not overpower the sari at all.

Go for a Chanderi this season. You will never stop owning them.

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That Sunshine Yellow:

Before i start, let me tell you how biased I am about yellow. I simply love that colour. It is bright, soothing, pop and can be worn at any occasion. No don’t you love that?

This classic yellow dupatta from Hathkargha has beautiful zari parrots embossed on it. This work has been done on the handloom. That itself make this a must have. It is known to most of us, that the colour palette of Chanderi is mostly the subtle, calm and soft hues. Therefore, this pretty shade of yellow is the perfect fit for a summer lunch or puja at home.

I have worn a grey kurta embossed with silver zari work and pink churidar, in order to act as the perfect backdrop for a lovely yellow like this. The best part about this dupatta is the unique emboss. Those birds actually stand out.

Another quality is the fabric. This Chanderi silk dupatta has an undying shine which gives a glow to the fabric. No wonder, the fabric is being used globally by so many designers. It is being spun into modern contemporary wear, like, dresses, shrugs, skirts, trousers and so on.

This yellow can also be paired with many other colours like, white, pink, lime green, blue and black. Like I said, yellow, somehow is a universal colour.

 

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Red – the ultimate showstopper:

I don’t think any other colour can do so much justice to our Indian handloom, as much as red. This powerful, gushing colour is a style statement in itself. When you wear red, you are confident, you stand out, you look sharp and defined.

The beautiful pyramid zari embossed red and grey dupatta from Hathkargha , defines the fabric, Chanderi to its core. It has all the qualities of sheer texture, transparency, motifs, shine and class. Not to forget the most important one – it is lightweight.

There was no way, I was going to play around with this beauty. I chose the black kurta and red churidar. Let the dupatta do the talking. And yes, it stood out. It looked like a dream.

When it comes to red, try out black and white. If you really want to experiment, you can try yellow, brown, grey, blue and orange too. They surely give it an edge. However, when the fabric is Chanderi, it is best to be low key with the rest of your wardrobe. Make this speak.

 

Take a cue from this blog and Hathkargha . Go and indulge in some summer special Chanderi. Today 🙂

Wardrobe courtesy – Hathkargha

Photographs by – PiKSOgraphy