My fashionistas, bored with Indo-Western looks? Now it’s time to get traditional and don a look celebrating Bengali New year’s day. On Pohela Baishakh, Bengali women prefer to wear saree, most preferably a white saree with red border. I have worn a Dhakai Jamdani (A must have for all Bengalis) here despite not being a fan of Jamdani saree. This is my very first one and it is a gift. Usually, I would never wear anything (a gift or not) that I do not like completely. I like this red & white combination for traditional festivals like durga puja, baishakhi etc. so, it was the perfect occassion to inaugurate this saree today (half-heartedly because the motif on the body of this Jamdaani saree wasn’t something I like, I wouldn’t buy it myself- let’s put it this way) as I wanted to wear red & white combination that looks very traditionally Bengali. Wearing new clothes is also a tradition on Pohela Baishakh, fittingly, this Dhakai Jamdani ticked all the boxes.
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Since it was a gift, the blouse came unstitched, naturally. Whoever said whatever happens happens for the best was right, at least in this matter. I can never see myself wearing the blouse piece came with this saree. So, I picked up an all-over-cut-work blouse that I have in my collection. When buying a cut-work saree from Bangladeshi designer Shabana Ali couple years ago, she was kind enough to give me two blouse pieces so that I can style the saree with both traditionally with sleeves and with a modern twist off-shoulder design. And I knew it instantly that this cut-work motif blouse with sleeves will be perfect when styled with a traditional white saree with red border on Puja celebrations or on Baishakhi…so here you go!

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I have kept the jewelleries very minimal keeping the color red in check. A pair of jhumka with pearls & polki and a pair of gold bangles with meena art and polki paired with the traditional shakha-pola (white and red bangles) have kept the look traditionally simple yet elegant. I make my own rules and follow self-made customs, I wore this white and red bangles because it completes this look, not because it is a compulsion for Bengali Hindu married women. My gold chain is a gift from my aunt, I have to say it is one of those rare moments when I liked something that someone gifted me;)

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When it comes to make-up, I wanted a very defined eyes with black eye-liner on both the upper and lower lines to give it a look similar to Hindu goddessess. As the eye make-up is loud, I had to go very light on my lips, so I just outlined my lips with a mocha lip-liner and put shimmery lip gloss in it. No lipstick! I have worn a big red vermillion mark on my forehead also known as Bindi and added one tiny diamonte under. This is a very traditional way of wearing Bindi among Bengali Hindus in India. Washing my hair in the morning has its own charm- it looks naturally fresh and shiny. I didn’t need to style it. Since I have cooked and served a big feast for lunch, so I had to tie my hair to make it kitchen-appropriate, a casual low-loose bun was most convenient and go-to hair-do, wearing a golden flower-clip on it added an admirable feminine style.

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Wardrobe:

Dhakai Jamdani Saree from New Market, Dhaka

Blouse Piece By Shabana Ali (Blouse design conceptualised by me, stiched by my tailor in Delhi)

Criss-cross Gold Chain (I don’t know from where, remember it’s a gift!)

Gold Bangles and Ear ring from Ratan’s Kolkata, India

Eye-liner By Illamasqua

Kohl Pencil By Mac Cosmetics

Revlon Lip-liner Pencil

Estee Lauder Lip Gloss

Hair Flower From Debenhams, Oxford Street, London

Bindi from New market, Kolkata, India.

 

 

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Dhakai Jamdani is the best for a perfect Traditional Bengali look. Beside this red & white combination I like allover red with Dhakai Jamdani motif work very much. Beside, dhakai is my all time favorite. Thanks for sharing these lovely snaps.

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