Saris(a long piece of clothing draped around the waist with an end over the shoulder) and Salwar Kameez(two piece clothing that consists of a tunic and pants) brings me memories of dolki parties, one out of a quite a few celebration gatherings that lead up to a wedding. Here I thought we, Latinos, were hard-core when it came down to the boogy--not! It was at one of these parties where for the first time in my life I experience and confirmed women can indeed party hardy and take dressing to the next level. My first time ever wearing a Sari was for a fashion show and since that day, they will always be encrusted in my heart and put into perspective that certain cultural clothing should never come to pass and that you should have a certain stamina because these embroidered and stone dripping gowns are h-e-a-v-y.
There are other occasions to wear these gorgeous attires--Eid! One of the two celebratory days that comes after a month of fasting called Ramadan where these pieces come into play and women get dressed-up to the nines! The Muslim community within the U.S. is overly a diverse one, growing and blending in terms of culture--so, these pieces tend to be one of the clothing at first along with caftans and abayas(overgarments) people who convert to Islam come into contact in terms of modesty coverage. No, they are not converting heritage, just practicality and many times a serious style attraction to these garments(as in my case). But, on a style note, seriously, they are irresistible! Like who doesn't want to feel royalty from time to time? All that embroidery work mainly done by hand and colors! These cultural clothing pieces have also taken a few aesthetic changes in the recent years, some include blend designs with other cultures such as that of clothing brand Tarun Tahiliani with Africa, artistic approaches such as that of Satya Paul for Masaba on saris and some toned down a bit with Western elements. The result? Still stunning!
As far as for my Pakistani friends and there Eid dresses, they already know where to get their regional clothing(overseas or that one local shop with no online site--please get one, some of us can't get to Pakistan) and probably have dropped a couple hundred(or thou) for them already and are hanging in their closets or en route. For us outsiders with South Asian tendencies below are some inviting designs that range from straight cultural to Western-blend elements. The designs and inspiration vary depending the regions within Pakistan and India in addition to the designer's collection inspiration. Also, note that each piece of clothing has its appropriate name as there are various different style pants, tops and conjunctions. These are a few that caught my eye in terms of personal taste from current Eid, Summer and Resort 2015 collections. Oh, by the way if you are feeling inspired but not quite sure how to go about it, one safe way to tame these elaborate gowns is by working one element of clothing vs. using the entire outfit. Enjoy!
Script was updated July 07, 2015.
Written by Mariana