Ethnic Street Style :: Styling the Kanjivaram Saree

Sarees have a special soft corner for every Indian girl. Specially for petite girls like us, I feel it is undoubtedly the best ethnic street style which not only accentuates our lean structure, but also makes us look taller than usual. I have got a lot of sarees from my wedding ( I am still learning the names of many though! 😉 ) and this one in peacock blue is my personal favourite. Originally termed as Kanjivaram, this kind of silk sarees originate from southern parts of India in Tamil Nadu. The earliest of these sarees dates back to the Chola Dynasty and mythology says it was weaved from the fabric of Lotus fibre. 🙂

Kanjivaram sarees are paintings by themselves and they showcase traditional motifs of the Pallava temples, palaces and scenes from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. They can even be inspired by simple artwork of leaves, flowers, peacocks or even Lions. The classic ones have intricate zaari work and is generally in the bright hues of blues, reds, yellows and greens.


Ethnic Fashion in SareeMy blouse is tailor made into a short sleeve one with a rhombus shaped deep cut on the back, tied with knots. Generally ladies prefer to wear a lot of gold jewellery with this majestic saree, but as usual being a minimalist I preferred a thin pearl necklace with a tiny pendant. My makeup was done in a very traditional manner. I used the Tanjore palette of Lakme 9-5 and completed the look with lots of mascara and kajal. Contouring and some tan effect were the base of my face makeup to give that raw Indian feel to the whole look.

This is the first time I have experimented with a Saree, apart from my Wedding Series. Hope you like it and will surely look forward to your feedback and comment on the same. 🙂

Styling the Kanjivaram Saree

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