Celebrate Handloom Day with evening wear crafted from handwoven fabrics 

Think Anita Dongre, Khara Kapas and Kanelle
Celebrate Handloom Day with evening wear crafted from handwoven fabrics 

Handloom garments, besides the sari and salwar kameez, have mostly been reserved for daily and casual wear, thanks to anti-fit silhouettes, neutral colours and a minimal aesthetic. But designer labels from Khara Kapas to Grassroots by Anita Dongre are making a strong case for handwoven evening wear with their collection of Chanderi blouses, tussar silk gowns and more. With August 7 being celebrated as Handloom 
Day, we take a look at what they have to offer:

Silk cut
The Diya dress made with 100 per cent tussar silk in bold red, in Bihar is from ethical wear label, Upasana. We  love that it is minimal in design. Pair it with warm-toned jewelry to complement the vibrant colour. The teasing V-back also gives the dress a little more sex appeal. Rs.12,500 

Study in black
Skip your go-to little black dress  for this anarkali gown from Khara Kapas. Made from handwoven cotton, it is embellished with intricate, silver gota-work on the hemline which makes the dress pop. Rs.14,000 

Stripe up
From Prama by Pratima Pandey comes this crop top and crop pants set. The top, made from Chanderi silk, is a clear winner with its feminine design and Parsi floral embroidery. The complementing off-white high-waisted crop pants enhances the relaxed feel of the outfit, without bringing down the glamour-quotient of the look. Rs.18,500  

Cotton on
This top, from Grassroot by Anita Dongre, took over 80 days to make. Made from cotton-silk slub, the embroidery is done by women artisans in a remote village of India with traditional cobbler needles. It is finished with sheer panels and can be worn for both day and night depending on your choice of accessories. Rs.9,990

Seeing red
The Dita dress from Iyla will definitely win some hearts with its cross-back detail and easy pleats in a pleasing shade of red. The handloom cotton flatters the dress some more by creating a comforting fit for the  wearer. Pair with a statement metallic necklace and matching stilettos for a night out. Rs.8,450 

Slip into jazz
For those who crave a sense of nostalgia, add a feathered headgear to this slip dress from Kanelle and it can take you back to the 1920s. The material is a handwoven silk cotton so it gives you all the freedom to dance your night away. The frills at the bottom and scribble hand embroidery only increase the whimsical appeal of the dress. The dark earthy tone on the other hand, helps bring a balance back from frivolous fun to elegant escapades. Rs.10,600 

Patterns in patchwork
Made from vintage, handcrafted material this long jacket is the perfect companion to keep you warm on those chilly evenings out. We love the cohesive patchwork of multi-hued fabrics. Finished with brass buttons, this jacket is bound to lend your outfit character. Rs.14,500

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