National Handloom Day 2020 is when we commemorate the Swadeshi Movement which was a protest against the partition of Bengal by the British Government. It was launched in 1905 on this day in Calcutta Townhall. As an ode to the protest, we bring to you some celeb endorsed handloom saree looks ranging from patola to paithani weave, arts which are dying today and should be worn not just to keep it alive but also to amp up our saree collections. Take inspiration from these sarees worn by Kirron Kher, Dia Mirza, Kajol, Vidya Balan and Neha Dhupia, which can be worn to a wedding, a party, Durga Puja or even a meeting.
Dia Mirza In Paithani
This is a super-luxurious weave which takes a lot of time to be made by the weavers. This saree is named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad Maharashtra state which is where the saree was first handmade. Although a very expensive weave, it is a beauty in every sense. This silk saree is known for borders with square designs and with peacocks made on the pallu. A paithani saree is always in golden hues and looks lovely when worn at weddings. Dia Mirza looks gorgeous in this look which has been completed with a gajra braided hair, bindi and a layered pearl necklace.
Kajol In Cotton Handloom For Durga Pujo
Kajol wore this cotton weave for Durga Puja or pujo which looks refreshing and different from a typical white and red combination which most people associate the festival with. It has a silver tinge to it on the pallu and border which makes it look festive. Complete the look with a big bindi and silver jewellery if you think Kajol has underplayed it. You can also wear heavy pearl earrings with a few bangles if silver necklace layers are not your calling.
Neha Dhupia In Black & White
This look is perfect if you have to go to a simple official event. You can either amp it up or dress down with jewellery. Go all out with your silver jewellery collection for a big event by wearing a choker, an amulet and simple jhumkas or flaunt your statement silver neckpiece paired with a kada.
Vidya Balan In Coimbatore Cotton Saree
Vidya Balan, who mostly wears sarees and suits, wore this Coimbatore cotton saree during the E-promotions of her film Shakuntla Devi. This was a part of her "voice for local". She shared this image with the description of the saree that she bought during a weavers exhibition. Here is what she wrote: "The saree is a Korvai Kora Cotton, woven in the district of Coimbatore. Textured body of the saree with zari borders in contrast colours are a trademark of the humble weave. The handwoven saree gets softer with each wear. Bought at a small exhibition in Coimbatore, our country has exceptional skill at the grassroots."
This reddish-orange number would look beautiful at any given event. You can also wear it for someone's mehendi function as well. All you have to do is amp it up with golden jewellery, some subtle makeup where eyeshadow is your strong point, and a COVID mask in matching hues that are available online.
Kirron Kher In Patola
The respected senior actress is well known for her sarees and the beautiful silver jewellery that she wears. From head to toe, Kirron Kher exudes grace and endorses Indian handloom like no other celebrity. Although this look was flaunted by her at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter-Festive 2013, for designer Gaurang, the saree is unmissable and it definitely inspired me to save money and buy one for myself to add to my small collection. For those who may not know about the weave, Patola is a double ikat woven sari, which is usually made from silk, made in Patan, Gujarat, India.
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