Published By: Showli Chakraborty

The lingering effects of traditional motifs in fashion

Heritage designs will keep coming back to wow trend enthusiasts of all times.

Heritage motifs in the fashion industry are slowly becoming more and more about evoking some kind of nostalgia in the clothes you wear. No matter how fashionable the cuts, the motif in your prints or the styling of your ensemble will create a look that is sure to cut glass among trend enthusiasts of all ages.

Preserving legacies

Ace fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee in a statement said, “Consumption in the new world will primarily be about sustaining grass-root communities preserving legacies cultural and ecological. Nations with an effective craft heritage will rise up to create new and meaning economies.”

In his recent collections, the designer emphasises not just traditional motifs but also heritage material. Try wearing an indigo matka sari with hand-embroidered tilla borders, paired with a matching blouse with zardosi neckline detail. Or pick up a black silk matka kurta with antique zardosi details, paired with a woven khadi and zari dupatta and an embroidered miniature gilet. He even recommends women to wear a black woven khadi and zari saree, paired with a khadi blouse and an embroidered miniature gilet. Or even an embroidered mashru kurta and gharara paired with an embroidered tulle dupatta. Or if you are love organza try a printed organza saree with embroidered borders and a quilted silk blouse.

Reimagining Menswear

For menswear noted designer Tarun Tahiliani suggests long asymmetric bandhgalas with trousers, butti cotton silk printed kurtas with churidaars or perhaps a jade sherwani in raw silk fabric with zari work. For women, he has introduced anarkalis and kalidaars in tulle with resham and badla embroidery. Other heritage innovations include lace applique with resham embroidery, or if you want a simple yet classy look, you could try anarkali paired with sheer silk chikankari dupatta and a churidaar.

Textile heritage

Fashion in India is sure to become more regional and ethnic as the target consumer group has now changed to the urban upper middle-class. Traditional Indian styles stand out in the designer collection because of the extravagant use of vintage brocades and embroideries. And designers are all for taking the best advantage of our rich textile heritage and technique, which also finds a huge customer base all across the world.

Local motifs

Other trendy motifs are Ikat made by Ikat weavers in Odisha. Kalamkari, which is the hand-painted or block printed textile art from Andhra Pradesh, is also a scene-stealer. Also climbing the charts is the glamorous Benarasi weave, from Varanasi complete with gold and silver metallic threads woven together to create exotic delicate brocades. Bishnupur silk along with khadi handloom and taant from Bengal are as popular among consumers as the tie and dye or bandhani from Gujarat and Rajasthan.