Innovative Blouse Designs for Traditional Indian Handloom Sarees

by Shatika, February 28, 2017

One of the oldest Indian style statements, the saree is constantly undergoing a transformation and innovation every season. The reason it has survived the changing fashion trends is because of its ability to evolve in various cultures and regions at different times. With changing times if the focus once was on different kinds of drapes and fabrics, in current times it is about pairing these six-yard wonders with fusion blouses in modern cuts and silhouettes. Handloom sarees too are coming up with looks that are more identifiable with the younger generation. These even green traditional attires paired up with unconventional blouses are redefining the beauty of handloom sarees and that of modern women. Whether it’s the peplum tops or raglan sleeves or simple collared neckline, these innovative styles add a modern twist to the traditional garment. Today, we bring you few ideas of innovative blouses that you can experiment with for all those traditional handloom sarees sitting in your wardrobe to come out in style.

Tux Jackets:

The saree suit as it may be referred to, wearing a formal well-fitted tux jacket as a blouse and draping a neat khadi silk saree or a linen silk or jute silk saree over it may be a great way to wear the ‘east meets west’ look. The key to carry such a retro look is to go for a suit in a color that compliments the saree. Avoiding classics like black and white and also playing with the length of the sleeves like instead of full sleeves going with a three-forth length will surely go a long way in getting the perfect trendy look.

Peplum Tops:

Taking a break from conventional cholis and recycling an embellished peplum top into a saree blouse may be the thing to do for some effortless glamour. Plain bold colors can be clubbed with classics like colorful floral patterned chanderi silk sarees or even vivid pochampally and patola silk sarees.

Retro overcoats:

Add some old world charm to your saree while still making it look trendy and fashionable, with an overcoat reaching up to the knees that were fashionable back in the 40s and 50s. paired with plain silk sarees, you can bring in some festive look by going with heavily brocaded traditional banarasi overcoats. For summers, go for light breathable fabrics like Sonam Kapoor’s unconventional lace sari-embroidered jacket at the Cannes red carpet back in 2013.


While flowing capes was the fashion standout last year when celebrities wore them on western outfits, it’s time to incorporate them into the traditional garments this year. Shorter in length and well embellished, sheer capelets over a plain georgette or chiffon saree look stunning. In contrast, plain capelets on embroidered sarees like lucknowi chikankari sarees or kantha work sarees or hand painted vibrant sarees like kalamkari sarees or madhubani sarees are a great option.

Collared blouses:

One can team any funky collared blouse with a saree. This style is a favorite among young women and can be worn in multiple ways like a shirt, blouse or a jacket. One can add epaulettes, roll up sleeves, add a pocket on sleeve or even zippers for a formal look. These blouses generally complement one toned sarees like khadi or silk saree and are a great option for corporate women.

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