Living in Australia, there is one thing I miss the most and that is having easy access to buying Indian Wear. One often finds that, your favourite Indian labels may not ship internationally. A few months ago, I was on a look out for an embroidered Dupatta for a soiree that I had to attend and that is when I came across Mantraa.
Mantraa in Sanskrit stands for a statement that is repeated frequently, which was exactly the reason why Shweta zeroed in on Mantraa as a name for her fashion label. Shweta hails from a family that has worked in the textile industry for over 2 decades and was always a lover of fabrics, design and pattern. When Shweta relaunched Mantraa in 2015, she wanted her customers to have access to exclusive Dupattas, Stoles and Scarves. Shweta’s vision was to provide her customers quality, hand embroidered pieces that would not be otherwise available in the market. Shweta herself curates hand crafted and embroidered Dupattas from local artisans and weavers from India.
She brings in Phulkari dupattas from the state of Punjab, Leheria dupattas from Rajasthan and Benarasi Dupattas from Benaras. Each piece has been selected under her watchful and skilled eye, for its sheer thread-work, fabric quality and its design. Mantraa also houses art-silk, semi-silk and printed Dupattas and Stoles. With Mantraa, Shweta wants to create a chant for quality and exclusivity and support cottage industries and local artisans.
Mumbai 2 Melbourne has always collaborated with like minded brands to bring our readers the best products for a great price. I was only too excited to work with Mantraa to bring you todays’ fashion post.
I picked this beautiful Black Georgette Dupatta with contrasting hand embroidered Phulkari work in white, from Mantraa’s latest 2018 collection. Phulkari means Floral embroidery that is usually done on Silk, Cottons, soft Crepe and Georgette fabrics. This technique of embroidery originated in Punjab and is extremely popular in Haryana, Punjab and Pakistan. I have created two different looks using this Dupatta.
Look 1 – Belted Phulkari with Palazzo Pants
In Look 1, I wanted to style this beautiful Georgette Phulkari Dupatta with a modern drape. Keeping the silhouette western, I wanted to add the ethnic Indian touch to it. I have deliberately chosen an all black look to keep this Dupatta the hero of the look.
I wore my favourite blouse with 3/4th bell sleeves with black palazzo pants. I clinched the Dupatta on the right side of the palazzo at the waist and pinned the other end on my left shoulder letting it fall softly at the back. I pleated the dupatta and then added a thick belt around my waist to give the whole look definition.
You may note, I have deliberately worn the belt back to front. This is to give the look more drama. I like how the lace tie up at the back gives it a slight edge.
The accessories are minimal, the antique gold dial ring and black large round stud earrings. I have added black suede wedge heels to complete the look. This is a look that can be worn to a party or a soiree and can be carried from Day to Night.
Look 2- Indian Tunic with Palazzos and Phulkari Dupatta
In Look 2, I am wearing the same palazzo pants. I have paired them with a long plain black tunic by Global Desi. The tunic has embroidery and scalloped sleeves which complement the beautiful Phulkari hand embroidery on the Dupatta by Mantraa. Again I have kept the entire look monotone.
The soft Georgette fabric of the Dupatta makes it fall beautifully and is easy to drape in various ways. Can be pinned easily like I have in this look on the right shoulder. It falls beautifully and is light weight too. I have kept the accessories and the shoes the same as Look 1.
Mumbai 2 Melbourne Rating : 5/5
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