Long-time no see, hope you are having a great time enjoying your Dussehra holidays! I have been busy with some work, some travel (of course, for a vacation) and planning birthday parties for my Hubby and Son (Gosh, it’s a task). Amidst all this, I get to know Dussehra is almost here (and so is Diwali) and I haven’t started any shopping yet! I hope you can understand my plight keeping in mind a shopping spree, rounds to the tailors, rounds to salons, getting the house cleaned, etc. Yes, all of that and hardly anytime in hand!
So I quickly called my Mom and took her to Mandir(scroll to the end for contact details) recently to check out what they’ve got in store for us. The mandir is a really reliable brand for Kanchi pattu sarees but this time I was keen on trying out something different. To my surprise, they had an excellent range in Banarasi Silk and Patan Patola. Being a Gujarati, there’s a soft corner in my heart for any Patola saree. It has a unique richness with the beautiful double Ikkat that makes it look absolutely enchanting and timeless.
A typical Patola saree is usually the one with dark but bright hues and has figures of Birds, Elephants, flowers, etc., it, in fact, dates back to the 12th century. It originates from Surat, Ahmadabad, and Patan; hence called the Patan Patola.
Now let’s get to my Patola from Mandir,
Look at the beauty of this Patola, stands out in a beautiful contrast of Green, rani Pink and a tinge of Yellow! It has these beautiful figures of Elephants, Swans and some Geometric designs which make it a very intricate piece of Ikat. Traditionally, a Patola is usually worn with a front Pallu if you look at the states Gujarati/Rajasthani style of draping.
A patola is more of a traditional saree and I would love to wear it for my festivals or Poojas etc., and hence I’ve styled it in a very authentic way. The jewelry that you can see here is Real Gold and Fine jewelry from Alankrith Jewellers.
Contemporary and temple jewelry surely are leading the trends now but for a Patola or a proper desi look, I would really prefer this handcrafted Long Haram called Bottu Mala from Alankrith jewelers (scroll down for contact details). When I saw this for the first time, it reminded me of my Grandmother who had a similar necklace and took me back to the Grandeur and jewelry of her Era. It’s studded with Potah’s & CZ diamonds. The choker, again a typical south Indian design called Kanti. It’s like a big solid gold ring and pretty hangings studded with KC pearls, Potah & CZ diamonds that adorn your neck beautifully. The necklace comes with lovely jhumkis that add to the beauty of the entire look and I chose to wear the hand crafted kadas on one hand and a dozen glass bangles on the other.
Makeup and Hair
Now coming to the Hair and makeup:
a middle parting with a low bun adorned with gajra was my choice for the Hairstyle. I fixed all my loose baby hair with some gel and wore some sindoor to get that proper traditional feel. The makeup was very basic with dark Pink- stained lips and a matching eyeshadow because I didn’t want the makeup to overpower the authentic beauty of this Patola and the Jewellery.
Hair and Makeup by Radhika Dave.
Photography by Kanna Srihari.
Hope you enjoyed reading!
lots of love!