Sarees (Sari) captures the essence of beauty and allure of a woman. It is something in which every woman takes pride in. Sarees come in the top of the list when people go for Durga Puja shopping. Made and designed by cotton or silk, sarees have globally earned the status of cult fashion. Most common is the Korial lal paar sari, which has, over the years, become the trademark style statement for Bengali women. These sarees are white coloured with red border. White bangles made of conch shells (known as shakha in Bengali) and red coral bangles (called “pola”), compliments this saree very well to the material women.
Dhakai Jamdani sarees was a part of the great Bengal i.e before partition. The production of these sarees were patronised by the Mughal emperors. The term Jamdani is Persian, derived from ‘Jam’, meaning flower, and ‘Dani’, as in vase or a container, named after decorative floral patterns found on Dhakai textile, as per Dhaka Tribune. These sarees are supple and soft. Dhakai Jamdani is very popular among Bengalis.
“Saree is not only a part of the Bengali Culture but also a prized possession in the wardrobe of every woman that completes her feminine beauty,” Keya Seth, a Kolkata based fashion designer, said in her You Tube channel. “Durga Puja is the time when we love to feel rooted with our culture and a saree gives you just the perfect Bengali look. Saree gives a different definition to the total appearance of a woman, adding a dash of glamour and elegance to her personality,” she added. Other sarees like Tant, Garad and Garad-Korial, Tussar, Korial-Banarasi are quite popular among Bengalis. Now a days, girls also prefer to wear salwar kamez which also gives a traditional look.
Dresses for men:
The traditional wear for men are dhoti and punjabi. A man wearing a punjabi will always get an ethnic look. It is loosely fitted garment and normally worn with dhoti or pyjama. The fabrics are made up of silk or cotton. Punjabis are also known as kurta. Dhotis are one of the most famous ethnic wear for men in India. In different parts of India, dhotis are known by different names. Punjabis call it laacha, in Bengal it is commonly known as dhuti while people in Tamil Nadu mostly call it as veshti. Dhotis are also known as mundu in Malayalam, dhotar in Marathi, and pancha in Telugu according to Culture India. Com. Dhotis are usually 5 yards long that is tied around the waist and legs.
Here is how you can dress before going to puja pandal:
One can set her style statement with saree when it comes to Durga Puja. It will give you a true Indian look. Anarkalis are also a popular choice for evening wear. It is available in different designs and colours. As it is also Navrati one can go for ghagras and lehengas. Jewellery is also an essential part of your get up, one can try gold, diamonds or any other metallic jewelry. For men, a proper grooming with ethnic dresses like kurta, pyjama, punjabis will make them look awesome.