Assam, a small state in the Northeastern part of India is my home state. Although I have lived in Bangalore for almost 2 decades, my roots in this place are still intact. Assam is quite well known for its Tea and Natural Oil Ores along with with its One Horned Rhinos. But what I love the most about it is the handloom industry which has been an eminent part of the Assamese Society for centuries.
Almost every household boasted of expert weavers and people would weave every thing from the famous and symbolic Gamosa to the 2 piece saree called Mekhela Sador in their own backyards. Although this is fast changing these days with industrialization and modern techniques, the handloom industry still manages to retain its originality along with the traditionalism. The handloom industry of the state is centered in the town of Sualkuchi on the banks of the might River Brahmaputra.
Silk from this part of the country is very unique and famous. The main silks you will find in Assam are Muga (golden silk), Paat (Mulberry silk) and Eri. Did you know that the silk type varies based on the type of silkworm/caterpillars and what it eats?
The Mekhela Sador I styled here is a Paat Silk one and is the bridal set in which every Assamese bride gets married and yes, this was mine. I have 2! So I had to do something with these and not let them sit in my wardrobe. Hence I decided to create this semi-fusion look that I could carry to a friends wedding or sangeet. I skipped the good old blouse for a floral bodysuit and tied the Mekhela Sador in the traditional way, however for the ease of carrying it around, clenched it with a corset belt, added these nice pom-pom earrings and finished the look off with yellow heels. I decided to keep my hair and makeup simple and let my Mekhela Sador do all the talking 😉
This look can be easily created using a saree too. I am proud of my roots and you can find me experimenting with traditional attires from all over North East very often and when I do, I promise to share it with you.
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Outfit details and link to buy at the bottom of the page 😀
Bodysuit – Forever21, Earrings – Ajio, Belt – Koovs, Mekhela Sador – Gift from Mum
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You can also find alternate belt designs here