The beauty about Indian festivals is that besides the merrymaking and indulgence in delicious food, they also give you the chance to dazzle in your best attires. Ganesh Utsav, one of the biggest festivals of Maharashtra, calls for all those traditional dresses. The 10-day long celebration demands you to look your best everyday and stand out in the crowd and what better way to do that than wearing our own gorgeous and timeless sarees!
City-based designer Komilla Lalwani feels that sarees and Indian festivals go together. “You have to select a saree which looks rich and elegant at the same time. However, ensure that despite going for the traditional look, you need to give importance to comfort. Paithani being really popular in Maharashtra, you should definitely wear it on one of the days. These handwoven silk sarees with a zari in vibrant hues have a classy feel and are a must-wear during the festival.”
Paithani sarees are extremely appealing because of the beautiful blend of pure silk and gold threads and designs and an ornate pallu.
The young designer also suggests that the Nauvari (the nine yard saree) can also be draped in different ways to give it a modern look. “The Nauvari is distinguished by its unusual draping pattern which necessitates it being worn around the legs like a dhoti while the upper part is worn like a normal saree. But if want to create a different look, you can either wear it like a regular saree or do the pallu in a different way. Besides the Nauvari, a lot of prints and brocades are in vogue. You can either go for printed sarees on silk with nice gold borders or brocade sarees with contrast blouses. To give these sarees a twist, you choose blouses with different necklines and contrasting colours to the sarees,” advises Lalwani. Talking about the colours that will look good in the festive season, she suggest that sarees in pastel shades will look great when teamed up with gold or silver blouses.
While you ensure that you look perfect in your traditional saree, you need to prioritise comfort and mobility when you are visiting Ganapati pandals around the city. “Art silk sarees are extremely gorgeous and light to wear. Available in beautiful prints, and also in plain colours, these sarees are light, affordable and easy to style. All you need to do is buy different colours with different blouses and accessorise them with light jewellery,” says Neha Jawanjal, city-based stylist who believes that it really doesn’t matter what saree you are wearing as long as you can carry it with elegance.
“Fusion is the mantra, so even if you want to pick up a Kanjeevaram or a Banarasi saree, you can always wear them in a Marathi style and add bling with the traditional Maharashtrian nath (nosering) to create a style statement,” adds Jawanjal. When it comes to the choice of fabric, you have a wide range of pure silks, cottons, khadi and so on. Says Jawanjal, “If you are willing to experiment, then sweet heart necklines and bell sleeves in your blouse can add more drama to your look.”
For those having too many guests home, comfort and flexibility are important while working and cooking. “Sarees with heavy borders and intricate work and vibrant hues work well. Moti work, butti work, cut work, embroidery and so on will accentuate the look of the saree. Embroidery and heavy work on pallu is a great choice as it can be draped in many styles,” says Manisha Marathe, city-based designer who believes that one can also consider fabrics like net, chiffon, georgette as they will create a contemporary look.