A blend of traditional and modern, these outfits will definitely turn heads your way when you go pandal-hopping
For Ashtami revelries, when Pujo celebration reaches its peak, you can opt for Kanjivaramin. Vedaprana shares, ‘I have chosen to go with the traditional weave of Kanjivaramin in my beloved combination of red and white which bears the eternal connotations of Bengali traditions. To complete the look, I have paired my saree with a layered gold necklace, bangles and a red bindi.’
On Nabomi night, if you have plans to go pandal hopping or dining out, you should dress up in the most gorgeous attire you can lay your hands on. Vedaprana goes the traditional way but adds her own twist to it. ‘I have embraced the Assamese mekhela sador in this look while still adding a little bit of a twist. I have combined the sador from one and a mekhla from another to make my outfit stand out. The trick is to make sure the colours complement one another. I have accessorised my fusion outift with chandbali jhumkas, coloured bangles in blue and golden, a long ball necklace and a blue bindi.’
Even though Somedutta is based in California, she dresses up in her traditional best during Durga Pujo. ‘I take out my most adorned and embellished sarees during these 4-5 days. In this particular look, however, the saree is very light and easy to carry. It is a kathan silk and the contrast between the golden and the hot pink adds to the festive quotient. The biggest of my golden jhumkas adds to the grandeur. Brightly lit eyes with a bronzer, kohl and mascara and the unmistakeable big red bindi and red lipstick is a no-fail combination for this special occasion.’
By Vedaprana Purkayastha and Somedutta Sengupta
Note from the authors: Being Bengalis, we have always been saree lovers. However, having lived abroad for so many years, we would hardly get an opportunity to wear one. In order to revive our age old rich cultural heritage and to motivate others to start draping them often, we started this Facebook Group called The Saree Saga; where people can appreciate sarees and encourage stories about the many traditions associated with each of these weaves.
This article was first published in Eclectic NorthEast October 2016 issue