Explore fantastic handlooms this festive season

With peplum Banarasi tops and modal silk scarves, know what to eye for

By Author  |  Published: 23rd Aug 2017  9:34 pm

Give a twist to handloom with chic styles — wear a peplum Banarasi top or a scarf made with modal, suggest experts.

Anupam Arya, director of Fabriclore and Anil Arora, co-founder at Sabhyata have listed a few ideas:

The regal Banarasi fabric

Decked with a beautiful zari border, it is an ideal pick for this festive season. People are experimenting with Indo-western attires like a peplum Banarasi top with dhoti or maybe a Banarasi cape teamed with cigarette pants or a Banarasi crop top paired with palazzos.

Try cotton silk

It is a blend of sophistication and relaxation achieved by interlacing sturdy cotton and silk yarns. If you want to enjoy to the fullest during the festive season, but can’t compromise on comfort, this hybrid fabric is going to give you the soft silky feel complimented with an airy cotton touch. Cotton silk tops look exquisite when paired with harem pants alongside, if we play with the colour of our attire.

Explore the jacquard weave

Jacquard fabric has a unique, varying drape-ability and durability. Woven with a raised pattern of cotton yarns, it’s a sturdy fabric dappled with motifs like damasks, florals and geometrics. It’s a stretchy and lustrous fabric that can be used to explore a plethora of festive outfit possibilities such as ornate kurtis and Indo-western dresses.

Follow the trend with Mashru silk

Made from a few cotton, and majorly silk, yarns, this fabric is a little unexplored in the silk territory. It has a silky look on the outside and a comfy cotton touch on the inside. Wear a Mashru silk pant and a crop top to steal the thunder.


Try the easy breezy festive look with Chanderi silk. It has a sheer texture and is extremely lightweight. From florals to abstracts, golden zari borders to dual tone textures, the scope of improvisation on this fabric are infinite.