No matter how cosmopolitan and globalized life gets, sari will never ever go out of vogue for us, Indian women. The few yards of nifty drape can never go wrong for anyone, EVER! Keeping that in mind, we present to you #OURSAREESTORY – a series through which we intend to celebrate the significance of the six yards time and again. This series would not merely be ideas to style your saris, but it would be one that informs you about the different sari weaves all over India, and also emotes the varied shade of millennial women through small tales, all knitted intricately in visual frames.
Suggestive from the name itself, the name ‘Dhakai’ comes from the city Dhaka, which happens to be one of the archaic handloom centers in India then, Hindustan now Bangladesh. However, etymologically speaking, the word ‘Jamdaani’ has Persian roots: Jam meaning flower and Daani meaning a container. It is in fact, during the Mughal epoch in Hindustan itself, that Dhakai Jamdaani started flourishing. Owing to the rich floral design and intricate weave, these saris were donned by the Mughal aristocracies. Till date, Dhakai Jamdaani is one of the refined muslin textiles of India – a reap of the immense hard work of loom weavers; a splendid fabric emanating the long-lost spirit of loyalty.
LAVANYA – SHEFALI
Born in the cradle of cold winter, her grandmother named her ‘Shefali’. She did justice to her name, spreading the soothing fragrance of her spirit anywhere she went- a cure for the frosty minds and the cold souls.
Lavanya acquired her name from her father being inspired by Tagore’s Shesher Kobita (The Last Poem). Call it her upbringing, call it fate, Lavanya was so reminiscent of the one in Tagore’s novel. She grew up into a fiery enigma of independence and dignity, veiled by her doe-eyed beauty!
Ever imagined what would happen when feisty Lavanya shakes hand with resilient Shefali? Darn, the firework the duo would create!
On Paushali – A pristine white Dhakai with offbeat purple floral design and optimum zari work from her mother’s closet. She added a hint of shimmer by styling her Ma’s Jamdaani with her dark purple crop top – giving optimum scope for color coordination and modish fusion.
On Roshni – A fiery vermillion red Dhakai Jamdaani with golden floral designs, most quintessential in its form, from her mother’s closet. The pretty red crop top paired with the sari glammed up her otherwise, very traditional outlook.
Dear millennial women,
The lal(red) and shada(white) Jamdanis on us, were the inspiration behind our Lavanya, feisty as red and Shefali, pristine as white. This was our way of conveying that all of us are a bit of Lavanya and a bit of Shefali in conglomeration. We urge you to find them, within yourselves!
Roshni & Paushali
Photo Credits: Kallol Bhattacharjee & Puspal Chandra