Welcome back to my blog. Are you still pursuing your new year resolutions? Or are they sitting dormant in your head, to surface again next year? And let me ask you another important question. How many of you have made a new year resolution to lose weight? Many, I guess.
All of us, especially women are so hung up on losing weight that we more often than not forget to love our body. Why are we always trying to change things about our body? Hating and surrounding ourselves with so much of body negativity. Lose those love handles, hide that laugh line, edit that double chin and the list goes on. Not pausing even for a second to appreciate the fact that this body is what we are living in. So my new year resolution is a bit different this year. This time I have decided to love my body. To not stand before the mirror and ask my husband if I am looking fat. To eat right and exercise for a “healthier” version of me but never fall prey to any illusion of standard body image because there is nothing called an “ideal body”. We all have different body types and one size will never fit all. This year I plan to gather enough confidence to be able to wear a swimsuit at the beach. You will know if I do it or not. I post everything on my Instagram and do follow me there if you haven’t already. Self loving and shameless self promoting is my mantra this year guys.
Coming back to my blog, this is not a styling edit. This blog is dedicated to the varied handloom weaves of our country. I am a complete handloom person and is amazed by how rich and diverse our country is when it comes to handloom. Every state has more than one form of weave which are intricately and painstakingly handwoven by abled craftsmen, making every piece unique. In this era of fast fashion, to own a piece of clothing handwoven just for you is definitely a luxury. Handloom can be inculcated in our wardrobe not only in the form of sarees but also as western wear. There are so many great brands like Doodlage and Peró that make outstanding clothes from handwoven fabrics. I personally love handloom sarees. My wardrobe has a lot of them and I am a proud owner because buying handloom not only helps the environment but also the craftsmen who work very hard to sustain these beautiful weaving techniques. Now, let’s start the blog without any further ado, where I will take you to three different states of our country through the lens of their own handloom weave.
* Chanderi of Madhya Pradesh.
Chanderi is a place in the state of Madhya Pradesh and the sarees woven in that region are called “Chanderi Sarees”. These sarees are produced from three kinds of fabric: pure silk, chanderi cotton and silk cotton. These sarees are amongst the finest in India and are known for being lightweight and comfortable. Here I am wearing a cotton chanderi saree which has been handpainted in beautiful flower motifs.
* Jamdani of Bengal
Although the Jamdani technique of weaving is native to Bangladesh, Indian Bengalis too are particularly fond of this beautiful weaving technique. Jamdani sarees are typically woven in finest muslin textiles, making them expensive for the use of regular people. Hence, nowadays the technique of weaving is applied to other textiles as well like Bengal Cotton and Silk Cotton. It is one of the most loved weave in West Bengal.
Here I am wearing a silk cotton saree with Jamdani weaving pattern in the Pallu. I find this weave particularly beautiful. In fact Bengal is so rich when it comes to handlooms that you are spoilt for choice. From Baluchari to Taant, you can take your pick from a range of beautiful handloom textiles.
* Bomkai of Odisha
When I went to Odisha for the first time, I specifically told my husband that I cannot return without laying my hands on any one of the beautiful handloom beauties of Odisha, be it Sambalpuri Ikat or Bomkai. And it was love at first sight when I laid my eyes on this beautiful pink Bomkai silk saree with the most beautiful pallu.
Bomkai saree first originated in the village of Bomkai in Ganjam district of Odisha. It is one of the most beautiful weave amongst many handloom weaves that Odisha boasts of. Here I am wearing my favourite pink Bomkai from Odisha.
That’s it guys, that was my tale of three states and three weaves. I cannot stress more on how beautiful and vibrant these sarees are. If you are also into sarees and like wearing them to special occasions, I suggest you buy handloom sarees.
I will be ending my blog here with another gentle reminder to love our bodies for what they are because the most beautiful thing a woman can wear is her confidence. I have eye bags and some love handles and a very visible double chin and I am still putting myself out on the internet. It’s the hardest thing to do for a “not so confident” person like me. But it’s time internet becomes a platform to pull each other up instead of hiding behind a screen and scream abuses at other people. We should make the internet a kinder place, as we are spending so much of our time in this virtual space.
Lastly, all the pictures here are taken by my husband and amateur styling was done by me. I tried to keep all my looks close to what I am in real life. I hope you liked going through this blog. You can leave a comment out of kindness if you liked it. Thank you for reading my blog. Until next time.