Onam fashion: Stunning designs make Kerala sari a big star

Beautiful designs and cut works add a modern chic look to the elegance of the traditional Kerala sari. Photo: Aravind Venugopal

Onam is the time when Keralites love to take a nostalgic plunge into their traditions in terms of attires, festivities and culinary delights. Those who shined in trendy jeans, frocks, stylish kurtis or salwars, would suddenly find a special love for the iconic Kerala sari with a 'kasavu' border. Meanwhile, those who are already comfortable donning the beautiful nine yards would be looking for the latest trends of the season.

The love for 'kasavu'

The good old kasavu saris are the superstars of the Onam season as Malayali women have a special knack to dazzle in them. Women love wearing saris with thick kasavu or golden borders and pair it with matching jewellery. The traditional look is completed by adorning their tresses with fresh line of jasmine. More than the regular kasavu saris that mostly come in cotton, tissue saris are much in demand this year. Beautiful saris in silver tissues too have many takers.

Beautiful designs and cut works add a modern chic look to the elegance of the traditional Kerala sari. Leading textile shops are vying to introduce unique designs and patterns in the Kerala sari by appointing in – house designers.

Work and look matter

saris embellished with mirror work, intricate embroideries and amazing temple designs are sold in huge numbers. Those who are looking for elegance and variety could opt for the traditional set and mundu that has beautiful design patterns or hand-painted images. The cost of these saris varies from Rs 8000 – Rs 25,000 depending up on the design work and the thickness of the kasavu border. We could even design custom made saris or get a particular design painted on the pallav or pleats of the saris within just a few days.

Handwoven silk mix saris, Kerala sari in pure silk and organza sari with kasavu border are some of the varieties that have made it to the majority of wardrobes this Onam season. From the chain stitches on the body to the delicate ari works, delightful fusion works have taken over the traditional ksavau sari. Though the handloom industry has suffered a setback in the last year’s floods, the beautiful cotton saris too are all set to make a major impact in the Onam sari market.

Women and girls are eager to try out unique and stunning designs in the blouses as well. Blouses with embroidered high collar, intricate floral embroidery, antique – metal thread works and mirror works are the latest sensations that match amazingly with the Kerala sari. However, many vouch for the elegance and classic charm of the brocade blouses that look lovely with any type of Kerala kasavu sari.

Colorful silks

Pure silk saris, in myriad shades and designs, too have conquered the hearts of the Malayali women. They say that nothing can match the impeccable elegance and panache of the silk saris that suits every occasion. Besides, saris in stunning designs, colours and a variety of materials like handloom, jute, crepe silk, linen, cut works, thread works, printed and the classic cotton are always in demand as the Indian woman’s love for the traditional nine-yard never ceases.

Note –Wearing the sari perfectly is as important as choosing the most amazing one. It should flatter your form and make you look charming. To ace that perfect sari look, beautifully set small pleats should be pinned on the left shoulder. Beauty parlours may charge between Rs 500 and Rs 1500 to help you drape the sari amazingly and don that scintillating, stylish look. You have to make advance booking for draping saris at parlours, especially in the Onam season when it would be unusually busy due to countless Onam celebrations in various offices and colleges.

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