Urban sari subculture is the new in-thing

Written by Gaurav Mandal

Visara is desperately looking for boots for her school farewell. A whole day was spent in selecting one patent leather Chelsea boots with almost six inches heals. Even The toe-cap of the shoe was spike encrusted.   I thought their theme was rock or maybe punk and knowing their insta-influenced idiosyncratic trend nomenclature it might be some chic-military pow wow theme.

Going by my fashion instincts, I selected a couple of European street trends. Surprised by my fashion jargons,  she told me the theme was sari.

8.45 hours waisted in buying a god forsaken boot.

Next morning, I thought that last evening was a big spoiler, but I did not know what the day had in store for me.

I went to pick her up and in one of those god-smacked  moments, I saw her clad in a sari. Black and white cotton check precisely. It was draped over her skin fitted dark jeans as someone has put a half done dhoti. The leftover fabric it was draped in a Grecian style with a tan leather belt to hold the complex drapes.

There was no blouse but a full sleeve gypsy blouse with puff sleeves. And yes, the boots.

A punk girl fought with an Indian Devi and she looked like the collateral damage.

That day in the farewell event, I saw the whole urban sari brigade clad in combination of sari with palazzo, jeans, pants , skirts and hot pants accentuated with sneakers, boots and trainers. The concept of blouse was taken over by 18th century European tops .Leather belts, shoulder epaulets, weirdly places tattoos topped with president Trump’s rocker-fella attitude to complete the look.

The new urban sari subculture is the a la mode. The trend experimentalists are crossing this six-yard Indian heritage with almost all the fashion trends of the world. Notably, this six-yard heritage looks like a master key to blend with almost every garment.

Celebs like Sonam Kapoor who shot to fame for her fashion statement might be our pioneer to popularise this sari trend.

Fashion designer Anamika Khanna, otherwise known for her mastery to blended traditional Indian textiles and techniques with Western silhouette and tailoring, can also be credited for creating this cross-cultural sari cult.

This urban wave can be traced back to 2010, when designers started creating stitched saris for women who did not had a time for drape a sari. This gave the designers an opportunity to create play with the drape and embellishing ideas. The renegade designers started using non-sari fabrics to create draped sari-look. This “some Indian more western“ silhouette were spotted by the page three and its popularity started gaining momentum .Once the look got entry in the part scene, it gracefully slipped down to the younger party-goer crowd.

So, the sari that was once symbolic of elitist meandered its place in the heart of generations. It is a matter of pride to imagine that this super revolving piece of fashion was thought thousands of years ago.

Sari has its origins during the Vedic times but the blouse was added much later. They would love to know that their distant prodigies will not look for a blouse to match with the sari, but a pair of boots.

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