How to rock the ‘artisan’ bride by Dhanya our guest blogger .

Dhanya enjoys asking questions, and curating all things beautiful. She gets paid to merchandise clothes. She also happens to enjoy dressing up; herself and everything around.

It all started way back, when she spent evenings staring at her mother’s saree beero (cupboard). Over the years, stares turned into conversations; into excursions to Nalli, Chennai; into obsessing about color palettes for clothing; into developing taste for richness and elegance in textiles.

Its amazing how we connect with people across different cities. Dhanya’s excursions to Nalli’s reminds me of my own countless trips withm y mum to Nalli’s Delhi.


Coming back to our post for today. Dhanya was super sweet to suggest some looks on how to rock the Indian ethnic look while bringing out the best of Indian textiles and handicrafts.

It’s the time for some wedding shine! 
For anyone who is decidedly passionate about anything that’s beautiful – especially clothes and women, it’s the most exciting time of the year – wedding season! Brides and grooms are preparing themselves for the biggest, and perhaps one of the most special days of their lives.
Needless to say, you are probably going to attend a few ceremonies of your near and dear ones. So here are some ideas on how to turn your shine on this wedding season!
1) Themed weddings
There’s nothing like a wedding party that’s themed – one gets to witness ample innovations with colors, textures, and styles! And ofcourse, it’ll help you narrow down your search for the costume. Be sure to play with textures and shades if a color is mentioned!
This saree from the houseofblouse  would be a great example of how you can play colors when the theme is blue.
2) Bright colors
Weddings are times to celebrate joy and goodness – what better way to do it than with a dolop of bright color!
These pink lehngas from raw mango are carrying that kind of color! (Yes, Masaba Gupta wore a similar piece for her wedding!)
3) A simple silk saree with a printed blouse
It is never a wrong decision to go simple, mellow, and classy. Be sure to pick a floral/kalamkari/batik print for your blouse. Here’s Sonam Kapoor in a Anamika Khganna draped sari pants showing you how to work one of them!
4) A not-so-lehnga lehnga
Let Payal Khandwala show you how to don a abanarasi print in a grand, and yet unique way. And she makes colors work like magic. Kareena carried herself adorably in this piece!
5) Red? Ofcourse
It is the most obvious choice for a bride, and makes one one look divine. Here is a dashing bride in a traditional red silk.
6) Mixing up a riot of colors
And if you are not so sure of how to mash up colorsa, here’s some Tanvi Kedia for you. Look at these daring combos!
7) Something contemporary
Priyal Prakash and her geometric magic is the first thing that comes to my mind when you say wedding contemporary. This lehnga, anyday.
8) Dhoti pants/dhoti sarees
Dhoti pants are still in and this Sonali Gupta set will make sure you shine like the sun on a bright day!
9) Peacocks in the rain –  our favorite right !
Consider showing up like this for a wedding party?! Go for it! There’s nothing like a peacock in the rain. This gown is by Anushree of Label Anushree.
10) Go vintage with some ivory
After all the colorful suggestions – yes there’s something for you subtle vintage creature. Pratima Pandey with her subtle ivory and dotted flowers.
Good luck preparing your costumes this wedding season!!
Dhanya Balasubramanian
Papreeka Tales

www.papreeka.org | dhanya@papreeka.org

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