Recently as the world went gaga over the larger than life historical fiction movie Bahubali -2, its graphics and 3D effects, there were the fashionistas who could not take their eyes off the clothing sported by the cast of Bahubali 2. While there have been many movies in the past that showcased opulent clothing and affluent jewelry in the past to bring out the effect of the golden historic era, what people liked about Bahubali -2 was the unique fashion sense of the characters, which while being overtly chic and royal can be easily replicated and worn off screen as well.
From humble cotton ikkats, khuns, southern cottons, to uppadas, benarasis, paithanis, tanchois and himroo, the focus once again was on woven beauties, reaffirming that handloom weaves are classic and evergreen and they never go out of trend.
If one could not take eyes off the deep hued monochrome handloom silk sarees, tastefully paired with Benarasi and paithani brocade silk blouses worn by Ramya Krishnan and Anuksha Shetty who belonged to the royal clan, one could also not help but notice the cool khun blouses paired with simple south cotton sarees worn by the common people of Mahismati. Even in the leading men’s wardrobe, one could spot benarasi and tanchoi weaves!
Making a bombastic comeback in this epic saga, handloom sarees are all set to become a rage once again. Replicating the fashion statement, whether it is the rich monochromes worn by Sivagami with fine silver and gold zari borders, or the bright hued uppadas and benarasis silk sarees worn by Devasena, these are some trends one can expect to find in the coming months. Also well-tailoredrich blouses crafted from a range of fabrics like paithani brocades to benarasis and uppadas, are likely to replace the flimsy cropped blouses.
In the following months to come, as we foresee traditional silks and cotton handloom weaves replacing the likes of chiffons, chinnons, crepes and georgettes, it’s time to go back to your mom’s wardrobe and bring out those vintage weaves!