Dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, Kutch’s tribal community has been practising an art form which has become a textile signature in the contemporary fashion landscape in the name of ‘Sheesha’ or ‘Abhala Bharat’ embroidery. And who hasn't been mesmerized by the beauty and timelessness of ‘mirror work’? Be it the meticulously done jewelry, clothing or footwear or the mere sight of mirror-embroidered craft in the streets of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It is perhaps the never-ending experimentation of mirror work that makes it reflect in millennials wardrobe. Now when it is officially the season to open the doors of your ethnic wear closet, let yourself witness the magic of mirrorwork fashion.
Read on to find out how you can make this art form a part of your wardrobe in a distinct way to ace the much-awaited celebration season in the chicest fashion.
Ivory Embellished Jacket
When talking about mirror work craft of India, it is essential that we start with the whites because nothing looks as ethereal as a piece of white cloth painstakingly hand-embroidered with hundreds of tiny mirrors. But that need not necessarily be the conventional ethnic silhouettes – this jacket from Aarti Mahatani is just the thing if you have been looking for something which transitions easily from official lunch meetings to festive celebrations. Pair it with bootcut denim or a drapey skirt as this one goes with virtually all types of bottoms!
Embroidered Chanderi Kurta
If you are somewhat of an observant art geek then you can’t let the Lippan work patterns of this Jaypore kurta go unnoticed, which is influenced by the homes and paintings of Rajasthan. With breathable chanderi fabric, elegant colour palette, and mud mirror art inspired detailing this pick is oh-so stately and just done up enough for the festive season’s house parties. So choose this fuss-free ensemble over the cumbersome ornate outfits for small gatherings and intimate occasions to feel equally comfortable.
These electric boho neon luxe juttis by Needledust will sail you through an entire season of festivities and weddings as they can be thrown under any outfit for the most beautiful finishing touch. Done in pink, green, and blue mirrors of many geometric shapes on an ivory base, these juttis spell bohemian in all means! Moreover, the neon touch of orange, fuschia, lime, navy, and red threadwork gives off a lively and youthful vibe that can brighten up even the simplest of outfits. And did we mention that it’s created in collaboration with Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla?
Or if you’d like a classic version of these for all your eclectic outfits, then we loved the nude Fireflies juttis in silver and gold zari work embellished with mirrors.
Off-white Embroidered Mirror Lehenga Set
Looking for something a bit more dressy? Turn to this flirtatious lehenga by Vvani Vats in an off-white organza base and a linear mirror work border on the bottom hem. To further enhance the beauty of mirror work on the lehenga and dupatta, its koti comes in heavily embroidered pattern with a floral sequin pattern. Make this white ensemble an evergreen addition to your wardrobe and look like a dream at all those destination weddings.
If a splash of colour is what you’re looking for in a lehenga, then swear by Abhinav Mishra’s mirrorwork ethnic wear collection where you’d get a plethora of options in colours and designs; we especially liked this mint and pink sequin and mirror embroidered lehenga set made with raw silk net, just pair it with some silver chandbali earrings and you’d be ready for a perfect day wedding look.
Pink Mirror Worked Crop Top
If white and pastels are not for you then this statement-making power-packed pink top by Roshni Chopra will be the appropriate pick for you. The top features an ornamental silvery neckline on a stretch cotton base. We suggest pairing this one with dhoti pants for a look that will make you stand out at any occasion. Just keep the rest of the look minimal with stud earrings and natural-looking makeup.
Sequins and Mirror Work Box Clutch
Not in the mood for experimentation? Stick to a classic appliqued box clutch like Inayat’s mint green and peach one to seal off all your occasion wear with panache. The clutch has a geometric patterned mirror work and sequins all over the front as well as back, plus, it comes in handy to neatly store your cell phone and other knick-knacks while on the go. There’s also a metal clasp on the top for easy access. Make this piece yours and pair it with earthy outfits for a pastel pop of colour.
It’s September already and now seems like the best time to start adding your favourite festive pieces to the shopping cart. Whatever your heart desires, say it with mirror work craft this time.