Benarasi Sarees have been trending since time immemorial. My Mum had a collection of Benarasi Sarees and I was fascinated with the rich texture and sheer craftsmanship of its weave. My most favourite Saree is this rich dual toned deep maroon saree with a thick border which is 35 years old. This was my Mum’s Wedding reception saree. I decided to carry this saree with me to Australia in 2010 after I got married and it has been with me since. I have worn it so often and every time I wear it, I receive tonnes of compliments and everyone wants to know where I purchased it from? When I tell them this is truly a vintage Saree and a 35 year old one at that, everyone is
Here is 2 ways I have styled this Vintage Benarasi Saree on Mumbai 2 Melbourne.
Look 1 – Traditional 5 yard drape with Traditional Maharastrian AccessoriesIf you are a Saree Drape purist, then this style is just for you. In this look, I have draped the Saree in a 5 yard traditional drape and neatly pleated the pallu and pinned it on the shoulders. I have worn it with a gold and multi-coloured brocade blouse that gives the saree an rich and ornate look and feel.
I am wearing a traditional Maharastrian Style Nose pin called Nath which is in a half mango shape adorned with pearls and ruby. The necklace I am wearing is called a Taanmani which a multi-string necklace made of pearls and has a pendant which has rubies, gold and pearls.
Maharastrian brides wear green bangles with gold bangles or kadas and that is how I styled my bangles with this saree. I added long kundan and gold jhumkas and added a statement emerald coloured stone and gold ring to complete the look.
This look is perfect for upcoming Karwa Chauth and Diwali celebrations.
Look 2- Modern Combination Drape inspired by Hyderabadi Khada Dupatta.
If you like experimenting with drapes and are confident in carrying off modern drapes then this look is just for you. I wore an a-line black top as a blouse which had 3/4th length bell sleeves.
This gave the look a Bengali feel which at the time was unintentional however it added a beautiful cultural subtext to the final look.
The drape here was inspired by the Hyderabadi Khada Dupatta. I wore black Churidar/ leggings and started draping the saree from the centre and then pinned it. I did a half circle with the saree and pinned it at the waist.
Now I pleated the Saree pallu and just like a Khada dupatta I pinned the saree pallu at the shoulders ensuring the front falls like a Hyderabadi Khada dupatta. Ensuring you pin the section leaving enough leg room.
I added a polki string necklace which was custom made. Dark Bordeaux lips and minimal makeup with lots of mascara and a messy bun added the Kitschy boho feel to the look. I also teamed the look with rouched black boots and a diamante box clutch.
This look is great if you are heading out to a Diwali party or get together. A look that is both Sassy, yet traditional with a Kitchsy twist.
Which Look are you gravitating towards?
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Have an awesome Karwa Chauth to those who are celebrating. Also keep checking Mumbai 2 Melbourne’s Instagram (Click Here) and Facebook Page (Click Here) for more traditional looks this festive season.