To everyone’s surprise I am donning an Indian look in a saree for the first time on my blog. Don’t judge me but I love Indian avatars as much as I love western. Just that the major part of my lifestyle portrays more of western. Wish I could express how much I loved creating this look for you guys.
Before I talk about my look, let me first introduce you guys about the brand cum family, Unnati Silks. Unnati Silk Prints Pvt Ltd. is a brainchild of Mr. Devendra Gopal Ladha who is the CEO and the Managing Director of this presitigious brand. A man who nurtured single room effort in handlooms since 1980 into a well managed family enterprise, spreading it’s wings globally today. Unnati Silks is a “SAGA OF HANDLOOMS FOR WOMEN”. An experience of three decades plus in silk and cotton textiles, Unnati has carved out a niche presence for itself in being the manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and exporter of genuine silk cotton handlooms like sarees, salwar suits, kurtas, kurtis and other Indian ethnic fabrics. This has thereby created for it, a sizable domestic market from across the country and overseas.
Having a product range that is as varied as it is vast, handwoven and handcrafted, the devotion and dedication of talented ethnic artisans from across 21 states of India comes through in the products on display. Having the Handloom Mark and Silk Mark for most of its products, Unnati’s customers are assured a legitimate backing too, despite being guaranteed original handloom products from the start.
I am extremely delighted to be wearing a Kerala silk saree for the first time by Unnati Silks. Hailing from the holy city of temples, Varanasi (also known as Banaras or Benaras or Kashi), it’s always a Banarasi saree that I have been wearing.
The Kerala Cotton Saree adapted from Mundum Neriyathum, the traditional attire of Malayali women in the South Indian state of Kerala, has been modified suitably, to also appeal to the changing times.Considered as one of the oldest forms of the modern day saree, Mundu (the lower garment) and Neriyathu (the upper garment) together form the Mundum Neriyathum. The Mundum Neriyathum consists of the lower part of the body covered by the Mundu, lower garment also worn by traditional men in Kerala and the Neriyathu, draping the upper torso, from right hip to left shoulder over the blouse, with the portion beyond the shoulder left hanging.
Kerala Kasavu sarees for various occasions
Borrowing from this traditional costume, the Kerala Cotton Saree of white or cream with golden or broad Zari border, which gives it the name of Kerala Kasavu Sari, is worn specially for festivals. As with Mundum Neriyathum, the blouse matches the Kerala Cotton Saree for festive occasions with colours based on the age and marital status of the woman. A green coloured blouse would be for young, unmarried girls, while the married and middle aged women wear red blouses. Modern day prints on the cotton fabric with coloured borders and popular designs of peacock and temple adorn the pallu, making the Handloom Kerala Cotton Sarees popular as daily wear.
The Kerala Cotton Saree woven from unbleached cotton or Kora cloth and with golden Jari border with motifs of animals, birds, peacocks, flowers, fruits and leaves is highly popular. Adding style also to the handloom cotton sarees are motifs of checks and stripe patterns on wooden block prints using vegetable dyes. A popular variety of the Kerala Cotton Saree has Zari Buttas and a Resham Zari Border, coupled with an elegant pallu, preferred as occasion wear in corporate offices, colleges and schools. It also appeals as novel wear during festivals. Equally enticing is the Kerala Cotton Sari with block printed motifs and multi-thread embroidered border in half-half pattern with contrasting colors. It makes it suitable for daily casual, office wear during summer and traditional functions.
The saree that I am wearing here has got beautiful embroideries done in pink and purple all over it. These beautiful handmade embroideries are making this saree all the more unique and captivating. Pairing the saree with silver oxidized earrings with poms poms and a bindi and putting on swag in my round sunglasses. Keeping my modernity intact even in my Indian look. Hope you guys like the Indian side of me too. Looking forward to your precious feedback. Do share and check this beautiful brand, Unnati Silks.
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