Pongal fashion: Paisley patterns and kolam on your bracelet
Who said that kolams are meant to be only at the doorstep and mud pots only in the kitchen? From the rising Sun to grains in the fields, we offer you a wardrobe with a variety of motifs that remind you of Pongal. Harvest-themed apparel and accessories are a must-have this season.
Known as the symbol of power, the Sun is worshipped at the start of anything auspicious. Wear the warmth of sunshine with online-based Sourcherry souk’s oxidised silver pendant and earrings. Pair with a kurta or kalamkari sari for an elegant touch. Rs 1,120
Going with the grain
Pongal is all about the season’s yield, with greenery and other plant motifs symbolising a farmer’s prosperity. With golden Batwa embroidery signifying grain on a black silk background, this clutch from online-based Irabyaditi makes for perfect bling on your arm to compliment grand attire. The designs are also available on potli bags, sequin bags and marble clutches. Rs 1,150
How about bringing some farming into fashion with these mango prints on your kurta this harvest season? This white anarkali from Tamara with large blue and green paisley motifs lends a traditional ethnic look while keeping things light. Pair it up with long earrings and large palazzo pants and this breezy ensemble makes for a comfortable choice over a heavy sari. Rs 2,800
Leaves of fortune
Brass earrings from online-based Gaatha Handicrafts proposes a new way of exploring spirituality. They resemble a stem of five leaves that are used to decorate places of worship, doorways and the pot used to cook the Pongal. Made using the dhokra technique, these earrings are handcrafted from brass and can lend a subtle tribal charm to your wardrobe. Rs770
Slip into this magenta pink and black lehenga from Label A B. Adorned with the golden Kasulu necklace around the neckline, this silk ensemble has Kalash pot motifs in shades of red and green. Complete with a zari border, this ethnic outfit makes for the perfect festive ensemble. Price on request.
Characteristic of the season, this kolam-inspired bracelet is eye-catching and has just the right amount of ethnic aesthetic with a contemporary twist. Hand-carved in wax and then cast in brass, the pattern forms floral kolam on top with a green stone embedded at the centre. It makes for the perfect accessory for a heavy pattu sari or a block printed kurta and jeans to keep things chic. Rs 2,500
For all animal lovers, here’s a handwoven Kalamkari silk sari sporting cow motifs. Designed by the brand Bindu Giri, the motifs are a celebration of fertility and renewal and come in a shade of moss green with a double ikat weaving technique. Other surface designs include handpainted lotus flowers and lord Krishna playing the flute. Rs 31,800
(With inputs from Rebecca Varghese)