Aparnaa Mishra. 13/11/19
India the Vibrant and colourful land of fairs , festivals and celebrations , culture and customs , rituals , beliefs and faith .With the advent of Navratri in autumn, the change of season is celebrated as Navratri , the nine days of fasting gets the system ready for smooth transition of weather change . Durga Pooja is celebrated with the reverence to Goddess Durga. Maa Durga is worshipped as Goddess of power and Slayer of evil. For many people it’s time of religious reflection and for others it’s time to dance and feast i.e Garba and Dandiya .
It would be unjust if we talk about festivities and don’t talk about festive fit attires . Here I am presenting the Saree swag Festive look of this season with my saree sisters.
For playing Dandiya we choose whites as perfect attire .
A white dress have been paired with a gujrati ethinic jacket and black metal jewelery along with silver Paazeb.
Flamboyant lehenga from Gujrat . Vibrant colour combination with intricate mirror and thread work. Minaz Khan looks resplendent in this soft silk Chaniya Choli. She is working with Covergys, a very independent person with her progressive thoughts and sareeing is her favorite hobby.
Bina Marcia is ready for Dandiya in her unique style. Bina Mardia ,CEO at Transform image consulting studio and a very active member of Saree swag ( Saree Swag is a private group on fb which promotes Saree wearing and Indian culture ). She is an expert in different and unique saree draping style.
Each of the day of Navratri
is dedicated to nine avatars of Goddess Durga and each of the colour symbolises a quality of Devi.
In Saree swag too we were really enthusiastic to follow the Colour theme.
Orange coloured printed silk saree is worn on the first day of Navratri to welcome and worship Shailputri. This colour signifies energy and happiness. The saree is worn over the lehenga .
Mrs Sudeshna Bhatttacharya is adorning a wonderful white linen saree along with a cloth jewelery to worship Ma Brahmacharini . She is an engineering graduate. An experienced corporate person , content writer and a Saree enthusiast , very active member of Saree swag.
Mrs Lily Kapoor is clad into Laal Paar saree too. She has an asthetic sense . She improvises the look by her unique style . A real saree admirer .
Third day or triitya. Red the colour of confidence and fearlessness. Mrs Sunita Singh draped red chiffon to worship Ma Chandraganta.Mrs Sunita Singh is teacher by profession and proficient in many languages. A very cheerful person and an active member of Saree Swag.
Namita Sanjay Chinchankar is cladded in a bright yellow traditional Jamdani dhakai saree to worship Goddess Skandmata on Panchami. Namita is saree enthusiast and full of life. She has a huge collection of saree which she potrays with elegance in Saree swag.
Anusua Chakrobarty is wearing a purple Dhakai Jamdani silk saree on Ashtami to worship the Goddess Mahagauri. Mrs Anusua Chakrobarty is a very cheerful person full of life . She dazzles in traditional sarees and leaves a mark to follow . She is a very active member of Saree Swag.
On Shashthi or the sixth day , green colour is worn , which signifies new beginning and growth . We worship Goddess Katyayani on that day . Presenting my swag with Upada silk saree .
Fasting customs include strict vegetarian diet and abstaining from alcohol and minus garlic and onion paste containing food. It is done for a purpose , we convert scientific things to religious beliefs as I mentioned above for the smooth transition of weather which effects the metabolism also , fasting during this season or eating light makes it easy. Navratri is also known as Durga Puja. It commomerates the victory of Maa Durga over demon Mahishasura on all nine days and on the tenth day (Dassara ) Visarjana of Durga to return from her maika(the home before marriage) to her consort by immersion in nearby rivers.
In West Bengal , Assam , Tripura ,Odhisha , Bihar and Jharkhand , Durga Puja is celebrated with a big bang . It is fun and frolic on streets, lit up pandals are set and so our beautiful ladies too in Laal par saree to play Sindoor Khela at the time of Visarjan Puja of Vijay Dashmi .
Picture contributed by Anusua Chakrobarty and Namita Sanjay Chinchankar.
Bina Mardia is clad into a leheriya saree which is draped in pant style on occasion of Dussehra.
The most celebrated fast with jazz and bling from Indian women who seek longevity , prosperity and well being of their husband. It is celebrated four days after Poornima(a full moon) in the month of Kartik. This fast is very popular amongst the married women in the Western and the northern part of India but these days
mostly all ladies keep this fast in India.
So witness the beautiful look of our Saree Swaggers this Karwa Chauth.
This Karwa Chauth I tried a different look . Paired a long ethnic skirt of or lehenga with a crop top from de moza and a Benarsi dupatta by BIBA.
Mrs Akanksha Kohli is creating a lehenga look with a full silk dress and a heavy chunni . Flaunting her mehendi. She is a very charming and an active member of Saree Swag.
Mrs Neelam Soni Saxena a very active member of Saree swag group on fb styled herself in red kota silk saree for this Karwa Chauth . She has informed that she has been a part of the of BJP cultural cell of Madhya Pradesh. A woman of substance love ‘saree-ing’ so elegantly. She is an active member of Saree swag.
Our radiant beauty draped in Benarsi saree for Karwa Chauth with complete shringar.
Mrs Sandhya Verma former Astt Management Professor in Mumbai. Blend of beauty and brain. Now devoting full time to her home. A passionate dancer and a saree enthusiast is wearing red Benarsi saree for her Karwa Chauth.
Mrs Rashmi Golya is showcasing her exquisite look for Karwa Chauth . She is wearing a Chanderi silk ,new launch of Mrignayani. Nature by silk.She is TV and theatre artist. A soft silk trainer and very active in social work.
*Red has been the sizzling pick of this Karwa Chauth.
The festival of lights , Deepawali celebrates the return of Lord Rama , Sita and Lakshmana to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. It is marked as victory of forces of good over evil.
The enthusiasm gears up and we start cleaning our houses before Deepawali. We clean our house as rainy season ends .India is a tropical country where most of the heat is generated from dust and germs and insects are produced during rainy season and humidity reached to low ,we start cleaning our house or applying cowdung in villages which worked as disinfectant and killed the germs. We Indians assimilate science with Dharma so well and we beautifully get the house cleaned out ready for Goddess Laxmi for Laxmi Poojan. Traditions and science go hand in hand . My mother told me whatever rituals and customs we follow has a scientific value.
After that home decoration, shopping , gifts , performing religious rituals , Mesmerising Rangolis, illuminating decorative lamps and earthern lamps called ‘diyas’ . I still treasure the memories of my grandfather bringing earthen toys to play especially the kitchen set . We must try to bring back those beautiful magical moments in our kid’s life where we remained happier in what ever little we had . We got less materials and lots of attention , care and love from our parents.
The splendour of Deepawali can also be seen through the glitz and glamour of our Saree swaggers, (Saree swag is a private group on Facebook which promotes saree wearing and Indian culture .) dazzling in their traditional sarees .
I am wearing weaver’s favorite Benarsi Saree for pre Deepawali bash in my grand favorite style , seedha palla.
Mrs Neelam Soni Saxena has made her traditional best style in bold Chanderi silk on this Deepawali evening .
Mrs Rekha Kalbhor is wearing a beautiful navvari khun saree with khun blouse. She further added traditional jewelry to enhance her look. She is an active member of Saree swag.
Mrs Sunita Singh , Mridu Srivastava and Usha Singh showcased her immense talent by presenting the Mesmerising Rangoli.
Mrs Singh is wearing a traditional Sharara for the Deepawali evening.
Mrs Mridu Srivastava has created a very graceful look in beautiful off-white silk saree with golden border. She is a wonderful and lively person .
Mrs Usha Singh looks elegant in her Red silk saree to Deepawali special evening .Mrs Usha Singh is very talented and well traveled person.
She adores her hot pink jamdani saree and flaunting her splendid jewelery with great vigour and enthusiasm.
I too tried the sizzling red south silk saree for Deepawali glam and a Benarsi saree for Pre Deepawali bash.
The celebration can not be completed without my two important friends . Anupama and Leena.
Anupama is draping a pink and green tussar silk saree for Deepawali.She is running a NGO Anupama Foundations. HOD at Amity University and CEO of Mayo Medical Centre, Lucknow .
Mrs Leena Singh , lights diyas in Assam silk . She is self employed and a person with full of life.
I am elated to present you with the different look and exquisite sarees and weaves of India popularly worn during festivals of India . I am putting this saree extravaganza to an end though the festivities continues….
Special thanks to Mrs Bina Mardia , Mrs Namita Sanjay Chinchankar, Mrs Anusua Chakrobarty ,Mrs Minaz Khan, Mrs Sunita Singh, Mrs Sudeshna Bhattacharya, Mrs Lily Kapoor , Mrs Rashmi Golya, Mrs Usha Singh, Mrs Mridu Srivastava , Mrs Rekha Kalbhor, Mrs Neelam Soni Saxena , Mrs Sandhya Verma, Mrs Akanksha Kohli, Mrs Anupama Singh and Mrs Leena Singh for contributing their pictures to complete this festive special look book of saree swag.