If you thought Durga Puja was all about praying to the Goddess, standing in long queues to taste some delicious bhog (food offered to Goddess and then distributed among those who are visiting) and pandal hopping with friends, you’ve got it all wrong. This five-day festival also features cultural programmes on the first three days which include folk dances and music performances. On the last day known as Bijaya Dashami, there will be Sindoor utsav, wherein married women exchange sindoor with each other, followed by the immersion of the goddess’ idol. With all these functions to attend and be part of this extravagant celebrations, you got to look the part! After sharing my Shaptami Day look here, in this post, I’m sharing my Ashtami look. It’s all about bringing the traditional handloom saree style back!
The most opted sarees by women during Durga Puja are in traditional sarees in the combination of red and white and from identical color palette. For morning puja on Ashtami Day, I have opted for this beautiful off-white bamboo handloom silk saree with multi colored embellished flowers on the pleats and pallu, followed by black border. The saree came with a blouse piece which I designed to a sleeveless blouse with half sheer boat neck with black line border.
A side messy-meets-softer braid in wavy hair worn with a fresh two-tone rose styled with a traditional saree is one look I like to wear in a heartbeat. I finished out the look with a small matching bindi, a royal kundan and beadwork strings statement neckpiece and a grand Kundan studded gold bangle.
(Note: The day we shot this look was cloudy and felt it’s going to rain anytime, so the lighting is not something I have liked particularly, since we don’t photoshop our photos, excuse the light, please!)
What Was I Wearing?
Saree from Tassels in Kolkata, India (Blouse designed by me)
Bangle by Soranam Jewels from Pernia’s Pop-up Shop
Necklace from Love For Pretty Things
Clutch from Dilli Haat, India
Bindi from New Market, Kolkata, India