Sarees with quirky motifs are the newest fashion craze!
If you thought sarees are only about conventional colour schemes and age-old embellishments, well, probably, you are not quite updated with the new waves in fashion, even for our good old Indian saree. There are constant changes and evolutions happening in the fashion scenario, so why should sarees be left behind? Our Indian designers and stylists are leaving no stones unturned to give this traditional attire of our nation fresh twists, and how! With unique, unconventional motifs on sarees being the new fashion trend, more and more women are being irresistibly drawn towards it, thus enhancing its universal appeal.
For centuries now, the saree has been the epitome of textile development in India, by being a sort of canvas for weavers, embroiders, dyers and printers who strive to bring out the most beautiful embodiments of our culture, heritage and history by the motifs on sarees. This is exemplified by the fact that, while earlier, the most commonly used motifs used to be the buta, the paisley, the rudraksha, the peacock, replicas of temple sculptures or even, the representation of some of our deities, such as Radha-Krishna; now, the motifs have transcended the Indian context and with time, however, these motifs have acquired a more globalised look and essence, such as alphabets in different languages, cameras, lipsticks, with some even bearing the logos of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or WhatsApp icons! Imagine draping yourself in one such saree and you’ll be showered with attention like never before!
To offer new choices and to cater to the demand of the younger population who seek to stand apart from the crowd, many reputed as well as local designers are inventing with out of the box ideas for motifs on sarees. These days one also hears of sarees with Bollywood iconic scenes and movie stills being printed on them, to be the show-stealers! Masaba Gupta, one of the most celebrated contemporary designers in the Indian fashion circuit these days, opts for the quirkiest of motifs on her sarees, ranging from taps, safety pins, pair of scissors. She is uninhibitedly individualistic, when it comes to designing, and that is reflected in her use of motifs which are actually inspired from daily life but are quite eye-catching on sarees, such as telephone booth, table fan, Tamil alphabets, palms, cows, and so on! Likewise, many such designers are following suit who believe that eccentric chic is the fashion statement of the current era and the saree should be no exception. Abstract prints and palettes on these six-to-nine yards wonder garments represents the new spunky femininity, a fact which can be proven enough by the fact that such sarees are being sported by the most popular female celebrities in high-profile events, promotional campaigns, and other public appearances. Take a cue from Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor or any leading lady of tinsel town, and you wouldn’t fall short of inspiration.
If you want to stick to more ethnic motifs, that highlight Indian ethos, you can have in your collection sarees with motifs such as Budhha paintings or Buddhist scriptures, motifs of flowering vines, the swan, the peasant bird, geometrical patterns resembling floral motifs and so on. Motifs will thus, expectedly, keep venturing on untrodden territories and thus offer us, a vast variety of options to choose from.