I look for quiet and calm amidst chaos. Therefore, comfort rules my dress code.
And my wardrobe consists mostly of sober cotton, handloom and silk kurtas. I end
up wearing black more often especially when I don’t want to think through colour
schemes. My collection of traditional dupattas/stoles from all over India blends
perfectly with my salwar suits. And the latest addition to my collection is an
Assamese handwoven ‘tongali’ (worn by the farmer as a waistcloth). In this
picture, with a plain silver coloured kurta, I have wrapped a stole embellished with
kantha work around my neck. This stole is from Bengal.
For any kind of meetings and get-togethers, I prefer the Assamese mekhela sador
(mostly the handwoven ones). And for formal gatherings I prefer a paat silk
mekhela sador. Paat silk is probably one of the lightest silks. In this photograph
clicked on the streets of New York, I am wearing a white cotton mekhela sador
with blue and purple flowers. The flower motif is a traditional design called king
khap. The Halloween pumpkins in the backdrop almost seem like an art
(Teresa Rehman is an award-winning journalist and author based in Assam. She
loves collecting ethnic accessories from different corners of India and the world.)
I’m wearing black tights and a fitted full sleeve top; both purchased from somewhere I can’t remember. I’m a great value seeker and buy clothes from small shops tucked away in the local market. The long stole is Merino wool, bought from a shop in Shimla Mall road. It was love at first sight; just love the vibrant colours on it and the stole goes very well with most solid colours. On my feet are peep toes also bought online.
When I was younger, I used to cut up the saris and make them into long dresses and salwar kameez. Mom told me then, stop doing this, one day you’ll love the saris and repent. She was right, like moms usually are. I’m insanely in love with saris now and look for an opportunity to drape one. This rich blue beauty is a gift from a very dear friend, who shares my love for saris and this was her gift to me on my last bday. I love experimenting with blouses and like to wear one in contrasting colour & pattern. The blouse is one of my favourites that I wear with many saris. The necklace I’m wearing also has a story. My friend was wearing it and I liked it so much that she took it off and insisted I take it. I’m very lucky to have such loving friends.
(About Kanchana: Kanchana Banerjee is an author. Her second book, an edgy dark thriller will be released in summer of 2019 by Harper Collins. Her first book was A Forgotten Affair. When she’s not writing, she likes to read, play with her dogs.)
Thanks Kanchana, for sharing these looks with us.