From crop tees and jackets to anti-fit separates, the sari blouse is losing the tassels and getting an unconventional update
THE sari blouse is no longer content hiding behind five yards of material. It is boldly coming out, grabbing eyeballs with its evolving shape. With designers like Anamika Khanna, Gaurang Shah and Urvashi Kaur doffing their hats to slow fashion and anti-fits, most of the designs can even double as smart separates. We take a look at what you must have in your wardrobe this summer, to help you stand out in the crowd.
—Surya Praphulla Kumar
In the red
It’s not just the contrast between the red and pink that we love in this Raw Mango ensemble. Made with silk-cotton mashru fabric, embellished with gold zari Asharfi buti, the blouse’s raglan
sleeves and high round neck give it a boho chic vibe. From the Sanjay Garg Signature Line, it is available on order at the label’s Delhi Studio and Bengaluru store. `9,800. Details: 011 65026437, 080 1213161.
Paromita Banerjee keeps it simple yet striking with her blouse top. In linen, the traditional Bengali laal-paar (temple border motif) is done with silk. If you’d rather not wear it with a sari, it’s versatile enough to be paired with any garment of your choice. `4,200 approx. Available on order, at the Ensemble store in New Delhi.
Details: 011 46040745
Step up the playful with this printed satin crepe crop top from Mumbaibased designer, Sonam Parmar.
Featuring cabbage roses and sewing machines, the design’s retro touch is amped up by the gold tulle flounce down the right sleeve. Available for Rs 5,775 at MaalGaadi, Besant Nagar.
Be prepared to steal the limelight with this egg blue handwoven chanderi jacket from Rahul Mishra. While we recommend that you team it with the hand-embroidered gold sari pictured here, the colour and cut give you plenty of room to experiment. The jacket retails at Rs 38,650 and the sari at Rs 32,603. On order at the Rahul Mishra Studio, Noida.
Giving upcycled a sexy touch is this blouse from the House of Wandering Silk. Made with vintage silk saris, and covered in kantha running stitch, the design, with its open back, is inspired from Rajasthani
blouses. As they are fair trade, too—made by a women’s cooperative in West Bengal—picking this up helps you make a social statement. On order at Amethyst. Rs 3,400.
Light, airy and versatile, this cotton blouse with a patch yoke design is superimposed with indigo block printing. From Anavila Misra’s collection for Bungalow 8, the concept store in Mumbai, it will help
you beat the heat even as you raise the temperature. Rs 5,500. On order at Anavila Studio, Bandra (W), Mumbai.
Details: 022 26430150
Do the dress
Trust Masaba Gupta to brighten things up by challenging the concept of the blouse. The Mumbai-based designer has teamed the red georgette sari with a sleeveless poplin coverup dress— with a single
horseshoe print—from her new line, On Your Mark. Now if this isn’t a conversation starter, we don’t know what is. Rs 16,000. Details: perniaspopupshop.com