Let’s get lost in the magic and mystique of Banaras this Navratri!
Hey Fashion Aficionados,
Buckle up! We’re about to embark on a sartorial adventure that will take you from the streets of Varanasi to the runways of Tale of a Trend.
Get ready to explore the breathtaking world of Banarasi Brocade, a fabric that’s nothing short of a cultural masterpiece. It’s the season to flaunt your style, and what better way to do it than by draping yourself in the opulence of Indian textiles! Let’s dive deep into the enchanting realm of Banarasi Brocade and discover how it effortlessly elevates Western clothing, making it your go-to choice for this Navratri season.
Sincere Thanks to National Crafts Museum for supporting our endeavour!
Navaratri in Varanasi adds a different twist to the Banarasi Brocade’s story. This festival celebrates the nine manifestations of Maa Shakti, and what better way to honor her than by draping yourself in intricately woven Banarasi fabrics? Rich in motifs and adorned with zari work, these fabrics symbolize opulence and are favored not only by brides but also by devotees seeking the blessings of the goddess herself.
1. Diva of Banaras
The epitome of Mystic Elegance
Our first ensemble is a fusion of elegance and grace, perfect for anyone seeking the allure of Banaras in contemporary outlook. This exquisite Prussian blue brocade dupatta woven with intricate gold designs resembling delicate leaves is elegantly paired with a white midi cut sleeves Western dress.
The contrast between the deep blue and pristine white creates a captivating visual harmony. This outfit is ideal for a sophisticated evening gathering during the festive season. Blue dupatta adds a touch of mystique, while the white dress exudes purity and modernity. It’s a perfect blend of traditional Indian craftsmanship and contemporary Western style.
Model- Kirti Bhartiya
2. Prima Donna of Banaras
Enhancing Elegance and Charm
Our next ensemble is here for all the devotee fashionistas who prefer simplicity with a touch of grace and sophistication,. Style on this Mulberry purple Banarasi dupatta woven with golden floral pattern with a simple white Western dress . The Mulberry hue represents festivity, while the white exudes pure elegance This outfit is perfect for cultural soirées or gatherings where understated charm is the key.
Model- Bhumi Malhotra
3. Fashionista of Banaras
Echoing essence of Fusion
In our next ensemble, let’s explore the fusion of contemporary godet skirt and a magnificent dupatta. A bright pink and vermilion Banarasi brocade dupatta takes center stage, paired with a rose gold sequined blouse and a long white A line skirt. This combination showcases the rich hues of Indian textiles with a touch of Western simplicity. The bright colors of the dupatta symbolize festivity, making it perfect for grand celebrations and cultural fiestas.
Model- Smriti Chaubey
4. Darling of Banaras
Showcasing style with delicacy
Our next outfit, designed for those seeking subtle yet vibrant joy, that brings together the playfulness of colors and textures. A chartreuse green brocade dupatta is paired with a Lehnga skirt worn over the chest as sleeveless white Western dress, and cinched with a black belt for a modern touch. It’s an ideal outfit for daytime festivities. Add on to the style quotient by adding some glares and give a tough competition to glares of sun.
Model- Sezal Thukral
5. Queen of Banaras
Representing Regal Radiance
Our next ensemble, fit for a queen of style, is a celebration of royal elegance. A teal green Banarsi dupatta, reminiscent of intricate flowers, steals the spotlight. Paired with a mid thigh off white dress embellished with golden sequins, this outfit is designed for those who want to make a statement.
The teal green hue symbolizes opulence, while the golden sequins on the dress add shimmer and sheen. This outfit is apt for a grand celebration during the festive season, where you’ll shine like royalty.
Model- Karuna Malik
6. Sweetheart of Banaras
and ofcourse Tale of a Trend family!
Sweetly endorsing her studious and stylish persona
Our final ensemble, designed for those who are stuck with their exam schedules like Laranya and yet want to participate in all festivities and shoots. Thus, embracing traditional beauty at home in comfy style!
Look 1 showcases a peppy pink Banarsi duppata teamed up with halter white top and gold slim skirt.
Look 2 showcases a leaf green Banarasi brocade dupatta with bright pink edges that make it pop. The leaf green hue symbolizes nature and freshness, while the gold adds oomph and opulence. This outfit is perfect for a daytime festive gathering where you want to stand out with your unique sense of style.
Model- Laranya Rajpal
Incorporating these Banarasi brocade dupattas into Western outfits showcases the versatility of Indian textiles. Each ensemble allows you to express your unique style and embrace the cultural richness of India.
Ladies and gentlemen, Banarasi Brocade is more than just a textile!It’s a living testament to the versatility and timelessness of Indian textiles. It’s a journey that weaves together threads of history, spirituality, and artistry, creating a fabric that transcends generations and continues to captivate the world.
So dear Fashion Admirers, as you prepare for the festive season, consider embracing the Banarasi Brocade, and become a part of a centuries-old tradition. Step into the Navratri festivities as “Banarasi Babez,” exhibiting grace like never before.
Darling, you’re the queen of Banaras, and this season, the spotlight is all yours!
And all the handsome hunks, who are planning to date Banarasi Babez, can try twinning with the queens by adorning Banarasi stole over a kurta or shirt!
Thats all for today! Keeping checking out our posts. See you soon. Till then, stay safe, stay fashionable and enjoy the festivities!!!
The Trendy Team
Hosted and Conceptualised by Mehak Gulati
Models- Kirti Bhartiya, Bhumi Malhotra, Sezal Thukral, Smriti Chaubey, Karuna Malik and Laranya Rajpal
Co Author- Sneha Vij
Venue- National Crafts Museum and Hastkala Academy, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India
Photography- Siddharth S
Reels Videography- Arushi Chandel and Ishan Chauhan
Behind The Scenes
A special picture to post on each other’s birthday! 😉 (Mehak Gulati and Karuna Malik)
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