Saturday, 7 November 2015

Ethnic Thread

My eyes twinkle at the sight of golden zari on a Kanjivaram silk sari, silver brocade on a Banarasi Sari, tie and dye print on a Bandhani sari, or the soft cotton texture of a Jamdani sari.:)

What is so striking about Indian textiles, weaves, and fine threads is the interesting stories behind them that make them mesmerizing. Perfect examples are the embroidery designs like Pichwai, Pipli, Rabari from Gujarat and Rajasthan. Each design tells a story. The Pichwai style embroidery shows Lord Krishna surrounded by worshippers. Most of the stitches and motifs are derived from nature and objects in day-to-day lives.

Pichwai, Pipli, Rabari embroidery works
Since ethnic wear is the traditional outfit that stems from cultural heritage, it has  diverse interpretations. Ethnicity for me is the traditional south Indian sari that my mom has been wearing so gracefully for years now. Call it her uniform but the sari is one piece of clothing that she has been religiously adorning since as long back as I can remember. I have been trying to emulate her poise and grace since 10th grade (#EpicFail on Teacher’s Day which was the first time I ever wore a sari). Since then, at roughly the 50th time, I have a decent understanding of how to drape it well (at least I’d like to think so!:P).

I always wonder that apart from a pair of Jeans, a Dress, a Skirt, what other options do westerners have in terms of clothing. Yes, I agree that many global cultures have their own traditional outfits, but nothing beats the number of the Indian ethnic wear options – Sari, Salwar Kameez, Lahenga Choli, Chudidar Kurti

Coming to the topic of this post – Ethnic Thread. At this time of the year when you will be wearing these ethnic outfits most frequently, EthnicThread enables you to share your professional profiles and pictures on their platform, which is especially made for us Desi girls. For example, list yourself as a blogger, image consultant, hair stylist, fashion designer, or a seller. The best part is, you can either post pictures for fun or you can make it a marketplace to sell apparel, jewellery, or home products.

As you can see below, I have created my profile and listed my service as a blogger. You can download the application too and start sharing your Desi looks.:)

Post your pictures for FUN
SELL your products

My mother has the most stunning collection of saris ranging from Pochampalli to Uppada. This traditional Uppada sari from Andhra Pradesh embodies my ethnicity.

Wearing Red Uppada Sari from Hyderabad | Maybelline Colorshow lip color
Photos by Rahul Gadepalli | Creative Direction, Editing Pictures and Styling - yours truly

Hope you guys like this post. Until next time, see ya!:)
 Do comment and let me know what ethnicity means to you and what your go-to ethnic outfit is.