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Festive ready with Craftsvilla!

I’m someone who often wears sarees with belts and jackets, dresses layered with shirts, boots with suits and what not; mainly because I love experimenting and creating new looks. However, this festive season, I wanted to do the regular – no twists and turns – a saree as a saree, a suit as a suit!

I got myself this eye-swinger, head-turner Anarkali from Craftsvilla and I have loved it since the moment it arrived! The soft silk fabric, the neutral classy tones, the gorgeous floral dupatta, the way it falls on my body and looks like it was tailored especially for me – all make for a combination that I look for in an outfit!

This Anarkali can be worn for Durga Puja, Diwali, Wedding functions and so on and so forth!

For the ethnic soul who like it chic and elegant, this is perfect for you if you have a lot of responsibilities at the wedding. It’s comfortable enough to move around in, and stylish enough to make a statement!

If you are a woman who isn’t shy of the limelight, the evergreen Anarkali is the obvious choice. Elegant and suave, this outfit is easily the star of the evening at any party.

I wore this with my rose gold metallic heels, tassel earrings in the same tone as the dress and some very basic makeup. I think it worked pretty well for me!

I hope you enjoy this look and create some supercool festive looks yourself! 😊 Also, do not forget to look up Craftsvilla for their amazing festive range!

 

Till the next time,

XX

Diksha | TwofoldChic

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My Saree Story

I grew up in a household where even though Saree wasn’t a mandate for the women to wear, I saw my mom wear sarees every day, out of choice, and out of love for the six yards!
She has a wardrobe, sorry, multiple wardrobes full of different types and colors of sarees and my sister and I would spend one too many afternoons enamored by the silkiness of mom’s sarees, clumsily draping it over our 10-year-old bodies and running around the house casually, tripping sometimes, learning how to be graceful and poised other times.
Maybe it got ingrained in me, for the love of saree only grew as time passed. I love the everyday plain chiffon sarees (refer to Sushmita Sen in Main hoon na) as much as I love the typical banarasi silk sarees (Refer to Rekha – the ethereal goddess)! I don’t get too many chances to wear saree, but I don’t leave one opportunity to wear it! All the ethnic days in office – be it Diwali or Onam or Pongal or whatever- I am always dressed in a saree! And what’s best is that I find it completely effortless. I can walk around in a saree, without even a pin to secure it, and still walk around like a boss, at complete ease with it!
Handloom sarees, especially, have me mesmerized. The kind of rich embroidery and detailing all done by human hand, it blows my mind!
I have always been fascinated by how every state of India has a different draping style and a different saree fabric to call its own. Just silk sarees have a thousand varieties, among the notable few are Banarasi silk, Kanjeevaram silk and Assam silk! Leheriya and Bandhej, Phulkari, Bomkai, Chanderi, Kalamkari, Paithani, Patola– All these just blow my mind!

There’s another type of embroidery that I love on sarees. It goes by the name ‘ Kantha’ and I was introduced to it when my mom bought me the-most-exquisite-dupatta that I own till date.
I fell in love with it that day and I jumped with joy the day Aditri Looms and Crafts approached me to wear their sarees. As luck would have it, they were Kantha Sarees, each a masterpiece!
A little background here – Kantha, or the running stitch, is an indigenous household craft that was pioneered by the women in rural West Bengal. Interestingly, this seemingly complex weave is based on the simplest stitch of embroidery. Traditionally, any good news, such as pregnancy or wedding announcement, in a Bengali village would be met with women beginning to make a Kantha to celebrate. From embroidered quilts to keep warm during the winter to weaving the initials of their husbands on their respective handkerchiefs to collecting scrap fabric and weaving it together, the forms and types of Kantha are many.
The Kantha weave is meant to tell a story, in that one is unlikely to find two similar pieces of original Kantha. The traditional form of kantha embroidery was completed on soft dhotis and saris with a simple running stitch along the edges. Kantha still continues to be a symbol of immense cultural and social significance in Bengali society; not only does it continue to be a means of livelihood for many women, but Kantha pieces are also passed down from generation to generation as treasured heirlooms.

Given the history of Kantha, I didn’t want to be a disappointment in trying to completely take away the feel of the saree by draping it in a modern style. But having said that, I did want to try something new to show that the Kantha heritage might go back ages, but the modern-day woman can very well wear it today and rock it nonetheless!
Here is what I tried with three of Aditri’s beautiful sarees:
For the first saree, I paired it with a top that had a statement neck and draped it seedha palla style. I belted the saree at the waist, added a few bangles and a septum ring and I was done! It’s my most favorite style of all!

For the second saree, I styled it two ways. One, the normal styling of the saree that we see every day- just added a good pair of earrings and a nose ring to take it up a notch; and second with a contrasting blazer and a top bun – which if you ask me, is Power Dressing done right

For the third saree which was a beautiful orangish-rust saree, with a white embroidery, I wore it with a white shirt with flared sleeves for a slightly dramatic look!

I hope you guys like all the looks that I created, and maybe, just maybe, you fall a little bit in love with the saree too! If you do, my purpose for this blog post is met!

Love,
Diksha | TwofoldChic

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Diwali and all that Jazz

Diwali is the celebration of lights, of dazzling things and glittering evenings.

The ethnic fashion is what rules the chart, the glitz and glamour exuded out of traditional dresses and saris is unmatchable during this festival of light Indian Festive wear has had a huge dominance on women’s fashion all over and they love dressing in traditional styles like sari, salwar suit, lehenga or kurtis for the festival days.

No wonder, when we realized that Diwali was just around the corner, we got down to the ultimate task of finalizing that one outfit that we could don on the day!

While Shivani celebrated Diwali at home sweet home with her family and close friends, I had to stay back in Bangalore this year. I was very, very upset over being away from home on Diwali for the first time in my life, but hey, every cloud does have a silver lining indeed.

All my friends stayed back too and we had a bomb of a time.

Both Shivani and I chose to celebrate a Cracker-free, environment friendly Diwali, and it turned out to be nothing short of greattttt!

Going back to what we wore – This Diwali, to make sure to adorn the latest fashion instead of repeating our festive looks, we chose to do a fusion. Why just wear a suit or a lehenga or a saree when you can mix and match with the western counterparts and create the most exquisite looks ever?

So, both of us chose to stray from the traditional route and create looks which are damn easy to put together!

Here’s what Shivani wore!

She wore a center-split Anarkali kurti with distressed, anti-fit denims. She chose to keep it simple and minimalist without going overboard with either the accessories or the makeup!

She wore her hair open, crimped, accessorized with her classic Daniel Wellington watch, and a simple silver neckpiece and earrings! Her pink pout just added a bout of pop to the whole outfit!

Outfit details – Anarkali kurta – Label Harsha Khatry, Jeans – Only, Shoes – Aldo, Watch – Daniel Wellington

I, on the other hand, chose to wear one of my mom’s crisp cotton sarees with a crop top and a belt. I wore it the seedha palla way with a just a few neat pleats!

Wearing a saree feels like second skin to me. Somehow, I’m the most comfortable in sarees!

I am a fan of the bong way of dressing, hence I went all the way with alta on the hands and feet, a huge bindi and long, ethnic earrings!

I wore some bangles too and finished off the look with dark marsala lips.

The difference in the quality of our pictures is almost abnormal, I know, I know, but hey, can you blame me? Shivani had a professional photographer shoot her, while I had to make do with my not so willing friends 😀

Anyhow, we really hope you enjoyed this post and our looks, and could find them innovative and easy to carry!

Till the next time then!

XOXO

-Diksha and Shivani