The love for Indian ethnic attire is spread across the globe so much so that when foreign tourists visit India they end up shopping a lot of desi stuff. They like to wear the Indian ethnic attire back in their country as well and hence a lot of clothing brands dealing in Indian ethnic export their stuff to other countries. On a personal note, I am head over heels in love with ethnic wear and love to shop & experiment with different Indian brands, fabrics, textures & colors.
Indian ethnic clothes are an epitome of beauty, grace, & royal feeling. They are also above the limitation of a particular body type. To be honest, ‘saree’ is generally the most favorite ethnic attire but you know one cannot move around doing household chores with ease while draped in the 9-yard magic. So long skirts are what I find my solace in for fostering my love for ethnic dressing. Today a lot of Indian ethnic brands have vivid skirts and other stuff machine-made, handloom made, embroidered and what not. Recently In Amazon Fashion Week 2017 (A/W) too, most designers were inspired and used handloom woven fabrics like cotton, khadi, silk etc. (Read my article about the same here)
So a few days back when I was traveling for a short trip to the heritage city of Jaipur, I took an ethnic long skirt and a gifted handwoven stole from Vichitra Weave for wearing. I waited for the right time to get dressed up in the lovely Indian ethnic attire. Finally, I wore it on the day I planned to do some sight-seeing at Nahargarh Fort & Amer Fort (will post my travel shots soon in another blog post soon 🙂 )
The indigo colored ethnic skirt that I am wearing is from Max Fashions. It has a lovely flare and the pure cotton fabric is soothing in hot summery days. I didn’t particularly team the skirt with a matching ethnic top because it’s just so passe! So for giving the ethnic skirt a fusion twist, I paired it with a bold solid colored layer top. Now the layers of my top aren’t visible cause I have tucked in the skirt, leaving only a fluid layer above the skirt.
However, I feel the hand woven stole from the very Indian brand ‘Vichitra Weave’ is the highlight of this ethnic outfit. The stole is in pure cotton and brilliant organic colors have been used for getting the perfect Indigo print on the stole. Vichitra Weave is a relatively lesser known brand but one that has an authentic collection of Banarsi Sarees, Stole, Shawls and more at far reasonable prices than the known Indian ethnic brands. Their products are responsibly sourced from the families in Banaras (Varanasi) who have years of experience in making handwoven sarees etc. Unfortunately, the family that makes the lovely clothes for Vichitra Weave are the few ones left in the business.
The stole that I am wearing in this attire can be worn in multiple ways both with Indian and western outfits. If you like the stole and can’t wait to buy it or want to buy an authentic Banarsi saree at reasonable rates then check Vichitra Weave’s page here.
For completing the Indian ethnic look I have worn ethnic neckpiece and earrings. While the bangle in hand is a designer piece done by famous jewelry designer Sonam Gupta of Zurie Design Studio.
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