A return to roots

A return to roots

The festival fever is back in the air and it’s highly contagious. As Dasara is right around the corner, the City gears up for a deep dive into tradition and culture. When it comes to fashion, Bengaluru never sleeps. While ripened women are looking forward to their traditional silk saris and jewellery, youngsters have taken to a fashion fusion

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They are taking classic attires and giving them a modern twist to suit their own styles. And it’s not just the ladies who are getting ready to showcase their best.

Bright and bold colours, quirky designs, intricate and heavy jewellery and contrasting work are the style statements this Dasara season. Lehengas with heavy blouses and kurtis are also making their rounds. “I like the traditional lehengas but cannot carry the heavy skirt as I am not used to it. So I opt to wear a net pink skirt with an embroidered border and blouse,” says Ravneet Kaur, a college student. It is easier for the young girls to wear modified version of the traditional attire as it becomes too heavy for them to carry it.

Traditionally, silk is the ideal choice for such festivities but now, the fashionistas are opting for works in chiffon, crepe, brocade and lace as well. Avantikka Monappa, a professional, likes to wear silk scarves and duppattas with plain kurtas. She says, “It gives it a traditional and elegant look. Wearing a full-fledged silk sari is beyond me but I love the feel and look of silk; it makes me feel like I am still connected with traditions my mom and grandma associate with.”

Palazzos, both in solid colours and bold prints, are being taken up instead of the traditional churidars and salwars. “I love wearing palazzo pants, so I pair them with an embroidered kurti and heavy jewellery. I can still call it a Dasara attire...with a twist,” says S Lexmi Priya, a student. As many youngsters are not used to wearing ethnic attires, they keep the traditional look alive in their own way.

“I like how I can wear jeans with my kurta and still be deemed as wearing ‘traditional clothes’,” says Kartik Nair, a professional cyclist. The fashion industry is expanding its collection to accommodate the increasing interest of men in the traditional attire as well as accessories.

It’s not just the attire that has undergone a change but the accessories as well; they have seen a drastic change as youngsters prefer to accessorise with chunky jewellery rather than the traditional gold ones. “This year, the Dasara fashion is probably going to be all about toning down of the dress and more of accessories. The make-up is more subtle with the shades of light gold and copper coming in, while the accessories are ‘jhataang’,” says Siddhanth Kodlekere, a student.

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