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Dress like the locals: Shop for trendy, exquisite handicrafts in India

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Aug 30, 2018, 08.22 AM IST
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Shop for trendy exquisite local handicrafts in India
RACES AND HIGH FASHION
Region:
Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru

A Derby event is all about horses and hats. In the early derby days, the sport was a luxurious event of the royals and nobles, with the upper-class women wearing large floppy hats to protect themselves from the harsh sun.

This has lead to the glorification of the hat, which has now become a derby staple amongst A-listers viewing a derby.

WEARING MANY HATS: Derby is an event that offers a lot more than the sport. It offers a sneak peak into fashion, music and more
WEARING MANY HATS: Derby is an event that offers a lot more than the sport. It offers a sneak peak into fashion, music and more

If you catch a derby event in any of the big metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, you’ll see that Derby is all about formal silhouette heightened with ruffles, frills in a monochrome palate heightened with floral and graphic prints. One needs to seek a derby pass much in advance.

Mark the calendar for upcoming derby events that are seen mostly in the winter months. Make sure to have a funky outfit in place with the hat as your greatest asset.

PIECE OF LOCAL ART
Region:
Jharkhand

Soharai art, done primarily by the women of Jharkhand, is a tribal art, practice started in Badam area of Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand, several years ago.

Traditionally the form of painting was done primarily by women as a practice of Gahar Puja on the next morning of Diwali.

The motifs are drawn using mixtures made of coal and various soils depict narratives, stories and folk traditions through pictures. It is said this art form is disappearing in the caves of oblivion and that the next generation will find Soharai in the pages of history only.

(Pic: Designer Ashish Sahu)
(Pic: Designer Ashish Sahu)

Many young designers are drawing limelight towards this painstaking art. Since the art has caught the attention of designers, it is making its way into the main stream. You can take home sustainable khaadi crafted into breezy modern silhouettes, furniture and wall art all decked in the Soharai.

Moreover, purchasing a product sporting Soharai, allows you to help support rural women who practice this art. The ancient remains of this art can be seen in the palace of Nagvanshi King, situated near Sisai of Gumla district, Hazaribagh.

WHERE CONTEMPORARY MEETS TRADITIONAL
Region:
Kashmir

Kashmir’s beauty is not restricted to just its landscape; it extends to the craft offered by the region too. The shawls, embroidery, wooden artifacts and carpets are all exquisitely crafted by locals.

The items crafted in the region are considered unique from the Indian Sub-Continent as it bares influences from its Aryan descendants and the Persians, Romans and Greeks who conquered the region in the past.

KAFTAN CRAZE: The classic Kashmiri Kaftan showcased with a modern twist
KAFTAN CRAZE: The classic Kashmiri Kaftan showcased with a modern twist

As far as the clothing is concerned the phiran (a kaftan) is a commonly worn garment. The breezy garment is usually made of wool and has a lot of embroidery work done on it. While men and women both wear a phiran, those decorated with colourful floral motifs are reserved for women.

The woollen textile, which is perfectly suited for the Kashmiri climate is obtained from the mountain goat. These shawls have intricate thread work called Kasidakari, done on it.

Stroll the streets of Srinagar to find these exquisite finds. Make sure to pick a colourful stole to take back with you which will be a perfect accessory to any outfit.

Shop for trendy exquisite local handicrafts in India
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