This Sankranti, Celebrate The Colours And Traditions Of India With These Stunning Drapes From Angadi
The first grand festival of the year Sankranti, sets the tone for the rest of the months. It bids adieu to the dreary winter and welcomes the rule of the sun. With the celebration of the festival, we embrace what is bright, joyous and bountiful. And there’s no reason why our wardrobe too shouldn’t reflect the many moods and colours of Sankranti. Here are five curated looks for the festival.
In Gujarat, Sankranti transforms into the colourful Uttarayan. Against the backdrop of a blue sky, countless kites are launched. This Banarasi embodies the vivacious spirit that enthralls everyone. The saree’s vibrancy is only enhanced by the detailed blooms that carpet the entire body of the saree. On the border and the pallu, elegant paisleys are surrounded by endless boughs of flowers. A string of jasmine flowers, wrapped around a neat bun, is all you need to complete this look.
This greenish-yellow yards of silk, that are tinged with hints of rose pink, will remind you of the graceful exteriors of Orissa’s Konark Sun Temple. A 13th century edifice, the stone temple is dedicated to Surya and many dwell on its beauty during the festive season. The wide, shimmering gold border laced by intricate coin and leaf patterns invoke the detailed carvings that are the hallmark of the temple. And the ornate pallu checkered with geometrical patterns and slender paisleys reflect the finesse of our artists, through the centuries. Keeping in mind the traditional allure of the saree, we recommend you style it with your heirloom ruby necklace or simple, garnet danglers.
As winter ends, Punjab immerses itself in the festivities surrounding Lohri. In villages and town, jubilant melas unfold and are a riot of colours. Join in the celebrations and let this canary yellow Kanjivaram transport you to the mustard fields of bountiful Punjab. You can also see this vibrant colour in the sparks of the bonfire that are at the heart of Lohri. The kanjivaram comes with a contrasting brown pallu that’s embellished in zari and elaborate paisley and geometric patterns and blooms. Adding to the grandness is the wide border that sparkles with endless lines of zari. To heighten the opulence of the saree, all you’ll need is a bold, cocktail ring crafted in gold or a stunning pair of chandelier earrings.
Beloved to the farmers, Makara Sankranti, in Karnataka, is a harvest festival. On this day, families exchange platters of Ellu Bella, red berries, bananas, and sugarcane so that you can usher in sweetness into your life. It is also accompanied by kum kum and turmeric – making the occasion a colourful one. While Maagh Bihu, marks end of harvest in Assam and coincides with Sankranti and Pongal, there is celebration of newness, prosperity and festivity all around.You too can add a dash of colour to the festivities with this opulent Ikat Kanjivaram. The traditional ikat motifs give way to a deep, pink pallu that’s decorated with countless, intricate flowers and mango motifs. The border is a playful parrot green, that also features heavy, zari work. To add to the sheen of this saree, wear it with a heavy gold mala or a choker necklace studded with green and red precious stones.
In Tamil Nadu, the second day of Sankranti marks the occasion of Thai Pongal. For this day, you can embody the message of good tidings and a bountiful harvest with a traditional, jade-green Kanjivaram that’s embellished with gold checks. This deep green is part of many of the day’s festivities including the lush leaves of the sugarcane that grace the door posts. You can also catch a glimpse of it in the toran that decorates the pot used to make the pongal that boils over and rings in the festivities. Of course, the maroon border with classic, zari motifs only add to the elegance of this six yard wonder. Complete the look with a matching maroon blouse that features zardosi work. You can also, simply, sport a bold, lip colour and wear your hair loose if you want to mix the traditional with the modern.
Whether you are celebrating Lohri or Uttarayan or Pongal, we are all bound by the everlasting traditions and colours of this festive season. And you can make this an occasion to remember with a saree from Angadi.
Here’s wishing you all a very happy Makar Sankranti!