Art, Motifs, Interior Décor, and Fashion have all evolved, harmonised and arrived at a level of exquisite globalization – under the big umbrella of Lifestyle. The extension of art to clothing and accessories, translates into inspiring designs.
Today many designers are storming the scene of fashion and lifestyle inspired by other art forms. One such Indian designer label is Samanjri. The contemporary ethnicity of its designs infuses a stylish charm in their creations. Exploring facets intrinsic to themes such as Vakratunda and Subhanallah, the label creates a whole range of garments influenced by them.
For Ashtami puja event, I picked a raw silk saree named Suryaashtakam from Samanjri’s collection. Conceptualised and designed by Manjari Varde, this saree has Gayatri Mantra written all over the Pallu in English using the AumAkshar – a unique font the designer invented to write English in the Devnagari style! While researching for this post, I found out that the designer has a combined fascination for these extended to digital printing on fabrics – anything that can be draped – sarees, scarves, stoles and skirts! Some of Samanjri’s creations host Sanskrit chants from the Bhagwad Gita, or quotes by Kahlil Gibran or the famous Afghani Sufi saint Rumi.
Calligraphy, and inspirations from ancient Indian culture vividly manifest themselves in Samanjri’s fabric art and this is what inspired me to conceptualise a look around this saree that imbibes an old school charm. Vintage is what I call it! Long pull-through braid, high-forhead bindi, winged eye liner and nude lips are the perfect amalgamation of tradition and contemporary ideas and energies that blended aesthetically with the saree.
Tribal inspired Gamcha print bangles stacked with black bangles, pair of silver-oxidized Jhumki (earring) and an antique polish ring – both by designer Anita Dongre are all that it took to finish out this look.
What Was I Wearing?
Samanjri Saree from Pernia’s Pop-up Shop
Asos Off-shoulder crop top (blouse)
Anita Dongre Jhumki from Pernia’s Pop-up Shop
Pink City by Anita Dongre ring from Pernia’s Pop-up Shop
Dune London Shoes
Bucket Clutch Bag from Dilli Haat, India
Hair, Makeup and Styling by yours truly