Doing Banarasi: Here’s How We Created These Fabulous Haldi Outfits!

by mehak on February 24, 2017

in Uncategorized

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know now that I am a serial wedding attendee. Like seriously, it seems like every 2 seconds, there is a new wedding being announced in my extended Fam-Bam. And serious  attendees like me need wardrobes that are versatile and different (because god forbid you repeat your outfits in back to back family weddings) and don’t break the bank. So when I posted these pics with my mum a lot of you guys went ooh-ing and aah-ing over the outfits and I thought hey, let me tell you how easy peasy these were.

Just as an FYI- my mom has got like 101 sarees from her wedding  trousseau and she is a compulsive saree-cutter.  She keeps trying to mix and match and cut them up into like shararas and suits and what not. Its the most bizarre thing, its like every time I go home – there it is – a sharara that was formally a saree neatly hung in her wardrobe.

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So I was browsing stores in Hyderabad on a trip there and I really wanted some nice banarsi dupattas. I spotted this one, and while I didn’t love it , It was such a steal at 2500 /- Rs that I couldn’t resist. (What followed was me going to another shop where I fell in love with a kanjeevaram dupatta at 11,000/- and bought that too, but lets not go there). Then, I came home, bought white georgette fabric , got it died and took it to my local tailor. (Actually, my moms local tailor. I think she contributes o 60% of his business. He even told me this time- that because of her work he had to leave his daughters wedding early !!!). So he stitched this into an anarkali, and since I didn’t have the time to look for matching churidars (the wedding functions started in 2 days) , I just wore a red skirt underneath so it looked layered.

Total cost: Round about 7000/-

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Moms Outfit

You know how recently Raisons was on sale? You don’t? Well that means you are not an Indian wear stalker like my family is. Well, it was- and it has the prettiest banarsi dupattas. My mom went on a bit of a splurge and she bought her dupatta for a whopping 15000/- . Yep. But honestly, once you look at it , its so unique its worth every penny ! The only thing is – these silk dupattas add volume and my mom tries to run away from any type of volume unless its hair related (or Abba song related). So while she got an Anarkali in gold made with it, we bought 5 metres of this brightly embroidered border from a local shop. We turned it into a belt by asking the tailor to attach velcro on it , Then we pleated the dupatta into one thick strip and attached it to her shoulder. Then we flared it out over her tummy and tucked it into her belt. Yayie. Modern , new, sleek banarsi dupatta done.

Price: 22000/-

Signing off with this fail of a photograph


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Divya February 25, 2017 at 2:42 am

Brilliant you guys! You can be fashion designers totally. Loved both of your outfits and it might be easy peasy for you not for all of us here u see. You creations are awesome. Mehak..pls let know where u bought the Rs.2500 wala dupatta in Hyd. And plz plz do an update on the hair treatment.


The Western Sydney Girl February 25, 2017 at 3:28 am

Your mum is so cute! And stylish :) love the nath she is wearing with such spunk as well.


Nisha Malik February 25, 2017 at 9:29 am

Wow, You both look really pretty. Nice creations…!!


Chris February 27, 2017 at 7:06 am

Lol Even in the fail photographs, you both look beautiful! I love the color choices you made in your ensembles.


Ramzil February 27, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Loved both the outifts. I recently stole two sarees from my mother’s closet. She dint find out coz she has like hundreds of them. :)


Tania Rahman February 27, 2017 at 8:54 pm

Hi Mehak, i would love to know which store in Hyderabad you bought those 2 dupattas from. Both the cheap and expensive one. Appreciate if you help. Thx


Sonia Jain February 28, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Hi Mehak, I’m new to India and currently staying in Delhi. Would be great if you can recommend a local tailor? I’m really struggling to find my way around!


Amrutaa February 28, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Loved ur red outfit…


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