I have always been a fan of Indian handlooms, the prints and fabrics always inspire me. I have been addicted to shopping on Ajio.com ; absolutely love their Indie collection. I found this beautiful Kalamkari skirt and immediately imagined this outfit. A little gyaan about Kalamkari — ” Kalamkari or qalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile, produced in parts of India and Iran. Its name originates in the Persian ,قلمکار which is derived from the words qalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.” (Source – Wikipedia)
There are two distinctive styles of kalamkari art in India – the Srikalahasti style and the Machilipatnam style. The Srikalahasti style of kalamkari, wherein the “kalam” or pen is used for free hand drawing of the subject and filling in the colors, is entirely hand worked. This style flowered around temples and their patronage and so had an almost religious identity – scrolls, temple hangings, chariot banners and the like, depicted deities and scenes taken from the Hindu epics – Ramayana, Mahabarata, Puranas and the mythological classics. This style owes its present status to Kamaladevi Chattopadhayay who popularized the art as the first Chairperson of the All India Handicrafts Board.
The Machilipatnam Kalamkari craft made at Pedana near by Machilipatnam in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, evolved with patronage of the Mughals and the Golconda sultanate.
As a teenager I always saw my mom and all the ladies in the house wear these beautiful Indian handlooms. Kalamkari , Ikath and Banaras silk are my absolute favorites.I love how they add color & a beautiful silhouette to the outfit. It is no shocker that as I grew up watching these women rock some awesome Indian handlooms, I developed a special liking towards them.
I am a big fan of fusion. I love mixing styles and watching them turn into something super exclusive and special. I styled my skirt with a beautiful chiffon off white shirt and a faux leather jacket. I completed the look with Meenakari jhumkis and sparkly shoes. I love how all these extreme styles blend so well together in this outfit. I kept the Indie part with the Jhukmis and the more contemporary look with the jacket and dress shirt. I would totally wear this outfit for a casual dinner date or a day out where I want to look good and still be comfortable.
I hope you could take some inspiration from this fusion look. We would love to see your recreations ,tag us in your pictures on Instagram. Please do follow us on instagram @lechicdiaries for more pictures and fun stuff.
What I am wearing:
- Shirt: Forever 21
- Skirt: Ajio
- Jacket (Similar): New Look
- Shoes: Street Style Store
- Earrings: Stolen from mom 😛