Poila Boishakh ft. Unnati Silks

25 April, 2018

Hello, my lovely ladies. How are you doing? (in Joey’s voice lol). This week has been a roller coaster of a ride for me. From finishing work to giving exams, it’s pretty astounding to me that how quickly time flies. But maybe that happened because work days stretched a little longer than usual as compared to the previous months. Though this won’t end anytime soon and there’s a breeze of calmness in the air today because of Poila Boishakh. Well, for you all wondering, Poila Boishakh is our Bengali New Year and trust me when I say this it is not just another starting of a year, it is a feeling for us. All the bongs out there secretly wait for this day. If you ask me apart from being fascinated by the new start (I am really a fresh start kinda person), it’s the food and the ritual that everyone has to wear new clothes on Poila Boishakh. For me, nothing is better than having proper Bengali food cooked by mom whilst talking about our favorite “Bhoot-er-golpo”. We sometimes make life so complicated but it is really simple. It’s in those little things, the family talks, and the pillow fight with cousins. Not that I am not sailing in the boat of doubts and anxiety as you are but at times I feel that there’s no boat, it’s just our mind or maybe today it’s my positive outlook towards life because of all the good food and amazing clothes I am going to wear (who knows ;) )

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Since the tradition demands of starting the year with new clothes, I am starting the year with a brand new collaboration with Unnati Silks. For those who do not know much about Unnati Silks, here is a brief brand overview.

Brand Overview


Unnati Silks came into existence in the year 1980 and was founded by Mr. Devendra Gopal Ladha. He is currently the CEO and Managing Director of Unnati Silks. Unnati Silks emerged from one single room to one-stop destination store for handloom lovers. Unnati Silks is an inspiring journey of Mr. Ladha and the weavers of India. Mr. Ladha chose his passion and love for textiles over his beginning of a promising career as a medical practitioner. He began engaging directly with the weavers making them acquainted with the market needs and trends. The weavers would follow his guidance and bring life to those ideas. And this made Unnati Silks a beautiful reality where weavers get a global platform to showcase their skills and sustain a decent livelihood. This revival of traditional weaves and growing from small sales to big contracts is giving more power and justice to the brand name “Unnati Silks”. To know more about Unnati Silks, click here. To check out their beautiful and vast collection of sarees, click here.


Now coming back to the celebration part, it is a known fact that no celebration is completed in a Bengali family without wearing a white and red saree. Red and white saree is not just a wardrobe staple for Bengali women but it is inseparable from them. I have grown up watching my Nani (grandmother) teaching the art of draping this saree to everyone at home and I can’t lie but I have always adorned and dreamed to drape this 6 yards of sheer elegance one day. But let’s just admit about the kind of mess I am, 21 years of existence but I didn’t do it because of the two things – first, tripping in saree doesn’t look that pleasant and second, I always carried the fear of not doing justice to this beauty.

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If Unnati Silks haven’t had sent this absolutely gorgeous Kerala cotton saree then I think I wouldn’t try it out for the next 15 years. I know, I know, you must be thinking that Kerala cotton saree for a Bengali traditional day? Well, my friends, that’s how styling works. It’s all about blending in, like in life we often try to gel up with people from different regions and religions, then there should obviously be no barrier when it comes to clothes, right? To shop Kerala Cotton Sarees from Unnati Silks, click here.

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The crème saree with a broad golden zari border with a burgundy strap, in the end, was perfect to match the festive vibes around. The fine print of a vintage car all over the saree just not only took my heart but gave a contemporary twist to the traditional attire. Don’t we all girls love to be in the theme but stand out from everyone in the crowd? Well, this is what has had happened and my mission was accomplished lol.
I paired my saree with a ribbed black crop top because I really really love to do fusion which you all might know by now. When the ensemble was ready and I was about to go for my trustworthy golden jhumkas, something clicked in my mind and I was all set to experiment again. I wore a black choker and layered it with a silver bohemian neckpiece. For earrings, I chose the basic chandbali silver earrings because sometimes you don’t need to make huge experiments to make out outfit stand but little details can really make a big difference.

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And that’s all, I was ready to conquer my new year and also how can I forget about my commitments with bindi? We have a deal, I love bindis but unfortunately, we cannot meet daily. So, we have decided to meet whenever I will wear something even nearly too traditional and that was it, the killing stroke (When your life is too boring, you make your own cheesy story guys, haha). So, that’s all for today. I wish all of you get all the happiness and strength in the world today. Whatever you are dealing with, I hope it passes by soon.

Until the next time,
Sayanti xoxo

Comments (36)

  • Woman

    melaniesfabfinds@gmail.com

    23 April, 2018

    Interesting read about Unnati Silks. I haven't ever worn a sari before but my eldest daughter did last year for a show at school. It's interesting to see how many styles there are.

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Yes Melanie, you can drape a saree in countless ways!

    Reply

  • Woman

    HannahSwancott

    23 April, 2018

    They look fantastic! So many different ways you can wear them too. Love it!

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Yes indeed! You should also give it a try :)

    Reply

  • Woman

    Akamatra

    24 April, 2018

    I like how the sari is worn by you. It's like a tribute to history and tradition while being modern at the same time. It's great!

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Thank you Akamatra for such wonderful comments. Means a lot to me :)

    Reply

  • Woman

    Geraline Batarra

    24 April, 2018

    That is so beautiful and I like it because you can do so many things about it and it looks like a good fabric as well.

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Yes Geraline, the fabric is amazing. Its a Kerala Cotton saree and very lightweight :)

    Reply

  • Woman

    Ali Rost

    24 April, 2018

    That's so nice! Thanks for sharing about yoir New Year traditions and about Unnati Silks. I love what you're wearing!

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Thanks Alison :) I am glad that you liked it!

    Reply

  • Woman

    Rhian Westbury

    24 April, 2018

    What a lovely outfit you have for your new year. I love hearing about how other cultures celebrate and symbolise New Years x

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Thanks Rhian. I enjoying celebrating two New Years in a year though, lol xD

    Reply

  • Woman

    Iya - louisa

    24 April, 2018

    wow you look stunning! I looked at getting a sari for a wedding they're just so beautiful! But very hard to put on aha

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Once you get used to draping a saree, it does not remain difficult any more :)

    Reply

  • Woman

    Komal

    24 April, 2018

    It’s great to have such a positive outlook. I am a huge fan of bindis and love the print on your sari. So beautiful!

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      I too love putting bindis whenever I choose to wear something traditional and ethnic !

    Reply

  • Woman

    Zina

    24 April, 2018

    really can I wear this sari without being in your family? I really adore it and especially on you. I like aery fabrics with small motives and this one is beautiful!

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Thanks Zina and I am so glad that you liked it! You should try wearing it sometimes !

    Reply

  • Woman

    autumn

    24 April, 2018

    Unnati Silks look very comfortable to wear. I love the various ways that you can wear them.

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Thanks Autumn. I am most probably going to wear it another 100 times in different styles.

    Reply

  • Woman

    Carol Cassara

    24 April, 2018

    Tradition is beautiful especially family traditions that you still do until today. I hope you guys had a wonderful celebration. This sari is so beautiful, the colors are just so lovely!

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Yes Carol! I enjoyed a lot and best part was I wore something that my mom liked a lot !

    Reply

  • Woman

    Ana

    25 April, 2018

    I have worn a saree before and it truly is the most wonderful feeling being able to embrace and celebrate someone elses culture. I love the sound of Unnati silks and the fact that they have been around so long is truly testament to their brand!

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Yes Ana! Unnati Silks is an amazing brand and it is commendable for a brand to start from a single room to one-stop shop destination for handloom lovers.

    Reply

  • Woman

    Michele Dennis

    25 April, 2018

    I've never wore a Saree, but I've always loved them. They are so beautiful and look so comfortable! Your pictures are lovely and you look so beautiful ??

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Thanks Michele. I am so glad that you liked the pictures :)

    Reply

  • Woman

    London Mumma

    26 April, 2018

    I love this Sari. So nice light and bright, perfect for the spring and summer weathers.

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Yes indeed! The saree is very lightweight and since its cotton, its perfect for spring and summers!

    Reply

  • Woman

    Surekha

    26 April, 2018

    You look amazing in that sari! I love white and red combo saris a lot. It’s a must sari for us in Andhra Pradesh for wedding

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Wow, white saree with red border is adorned in Kolkata in every auspicious occasion. Seems like our cultures are not that different !

    Reply

  • Woman

    JL Prince

    27 April, 2018

    This is so gorgeous! I've been to Nepal, and I purchased a few saris of my own. They are so lovely and the colors are perfect!

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Wow! That's amazing. I would love to see you wearing one :)

    Reply

  • Woman

    blair villanueva

    27 April, 2018

    Omg those are gorgeous silk! I think this is a good investment for ladies choosing the best fabric.

    • Sayanti Mahapatra

      Sayanti

      27 April, 2018

      Yes Blair! Sarees are forever :)

    Reply

  • Woman

    Sigrid

    30 April, 2018

    That's a beautiful saree. So it's made of silk? I love it because of the designs. It must be pretty breezy. :D I would like to be able to wear one. Will really buy one someday. :D

    Reply

  • Man

    Brian

    06 May, 2018

    I love those outfits. I like the light colors as well! It looks breezy.

    Reply