“ FAREWELL !!! “ , I screamed .
“ Saree , DUH ! “ , Mom smirked .
“ Royal blue for my beautiful “ , Rushil pampered .
“ Please not the typical dual shade chiffon with bling borders ? “ , sighed Soorya , the sister.
“ Temple work . I like temple work . It’s so graceful ! “ , exclaimed Dad .
Putting the myriad opinions and ambitions together , I found this one lying in an obscure corner of Jayalakshmi Silks’ third floor for Designer Pattu sarees back in June, 2014. and fell in love in less than a nanosecond . It was everything I wanted to be that day , celebrating the end of my four-year long B.tech in Mechanical and Enery Engineering at VIT University – Classy and Confident . And of course, so very dressed up .
Meet 6 yards of love personified in royal blue jute silk flaunting a unique one-sided temple thread worked extravagant border .
Jute silk is a fine blend of Jute and silk ( YOU DON’T SAY ! ) ; but that’s just not it. The fact that Jute is a an abundantly available natural fibre with a golden silky lustre has bewitched the handloom industry with its untold possibilities ranging from sarees to bags to footwear etc . Jute easily blends in with other fabrics , the best compatible partners being silk and cotton . Hence we have an array of jute silks and jute cotton sarees to choose our best looks from . Though a little on to the heavier side , it being durable and breathable makes it comfortable to be in .
This beauty had its own blouse piece attached but my holy grail mojo with sarees that guarantees you the Aphrodite aura is: ( listen cautiously ) NEVER WEAR THE OBVIOUS BLOUSE !!!! ( now repeat it 5 times in your head ) Accordingly , I got myself a blue with gold brocade with a regular sized dainty motif since brocade was the shizz then which is very much fading out today just like any other fad . I chose the highly underrated but the most elegant full sleeves with extra long sleeves to get those fancy folds at my wrist with a very thin shoulder and a fancy back detailing I came up with while eating biriyani one afternoon back then . And Voila !
Now the temple border is a saga on its own . Born from the city that abides by the title “ The Golden City Of Temples” , Kanchipuram , a small town in Tamil Nadu that weaves multitudes of brilliance every single day ever since time immemorial . The temple work takes its inspiration from the geometrical projection of temples in Kanchipuram that ooze the magnificence of Dravidian art and architecture . I’ve been a fan of the same ever since Amma wore a maroon and black kanjeevaram saree with the “spikey” border when I was in middle school .
Now observe carefully !! This saree does not make much noise. It’s a saree bragging its rich colour with its gala border . Hence I had two options – either choose a contrasting blouse ( which is what the solar system does ) or colour block it with my makeup & jewellery ; the latter being my signature look for most ensembles I try to put together . There comes my favourite , Her Highness Red !!
I wore Lakme’s enrich satin from its bridal collection , its a fabulous shade of red with just the right amount of gold glitter. Personally , I’ve not found a better red than this which is sober enough and still makes it’s stand . Jewellery would not include a necklace because you know how the whole bare neck look is hogging the limelight off late . I wore what I picked from an accessories store in Calicut itself . A gawdy ring is however a must !!
Ah !! Everything just seemed perfect , the colour , the fabric , the pattern , the detailing … err … hey … no … wait a second …
WHERE ARE MY GINORMOUS JHUMKAS ?!
TIPS TO TREASURE :
* Remember the holy grail rule , NEVER WEAR THE OBVIOUS BLOUSE !! By-heart it .
* If you’re broad enough up at the torso , you’re a lucky bee . But if you’re tiny and smurf much like me , pester your tailor to reduce your shoulder measurements to a bare minimum. It gives you enough dimension up at the shoulders .
* Use padded blouses because they are hassle free . Else make sure you insist those bra hooks at the shoulder to prevent your bra straps from peekaboo’ing .
* For women who are worried about their flabby arms , full sleeves is the perfect look to flaunt them right .
* Do not overdo the colour block . Say for the same look if I put red hair clips , red hair bands , red eyeshadow , red nail paints , I would let you shoot me . The right amount would be the chrome on your lips , a clutch , bindi , blouse detailing and the minimal jewellery .
* For eyes , stick to winged eyes , or smudge your kohl . It’s enigmatic and gives the ideal look .
* If you have curly hair like me and you have to show off your sexy back but then again you don’t want to tie your hair up into a bun because you want to show them curls off too , side braid is your succour . Pull out the loose curls to radiate a sensual persona . If you have straight hair , google your queries kindly . I’m a dead end !!
SHOOT DAY FROLIC :
Mohamed Jameer is the man with the plan !! We sort of have very similar taste and interest in photography and visualization of concepts. Him being way more professional and me being simply narcissistic of course . Point is , the impromptu trip to Vellore made me realise two things . One , the best friend of mine, Arjun Sharma knows how to drape sarees very well ( even that tricky pleat part ) and also has abundant patience to deal with my tantrums . Two , after seeing the processed pictures , I just rediscovered that Jameer’s my main genius . Also , the Jalakanteshwara temple , more popularly known as the Vellore fort temple where we scheduled the shoot has a story you must know .
Jalakanteshwara Temple was built in the year 1550 AD . The temple is a small architectural wonder of Vijayanagar , currently Vellore district in Tamil Nadu . The temple is within the fort complex and the walls of the temple are full of carvings of Nandi and small gopuras . You will find intricate work n the corridors as well . The temple was considered a masterpiece at the time of its construction and now it has become a marvel in the small town of Vellore . The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located near the Vellore Fort’s northern wall . It is surrounded by a low-lying boundary wall and contains a tank and subsidiary shrines . In the outer courtyard is the ornate Kalyana Mandapa . Its pillars are carved with magnificent horses and yali riders . In the 20th century , its idol ( linga ) was removed and the temple was used as a garrison . But in 1981 , it was reinstated and worship was recommenced . It is indeed a glorious architectural wonder standing tall beside the Vellore Fort .
PS – I is no model 😀 . But I like big cameras . And photographs . Also sarees . Hence !
Hope you enjoy the essence of my blue beau .
Much love and power to you ,