Indo-Western Look: Bolero Blouse

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Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket

How we dress is a representation of our culture itself! And What we wear and what is available in the market is again directly influenced by the cultural aesthetics of that particular area. I love fusing Indian aesthetics with that of Western elements. I like the fact that the Indian markets are now opening up to Global Craftsmen and therefore we have access to their products at a local flea market like the Anjuna Night Market in Goa.

During one Such numerous visits to Goa’s – Anjuna Flea Market, I found this shop by a Mexican Crafts-woman who made Bolero jackets from Indian Banaras Silk and Chanderi Silk which was amazing from an art and fashion perspective. The silhouette was very western but the textile was very Indian and this was something me and my sis-in-law wanted to own.

I also asked my sister-in-law to pose as she is trained in the traditional Indian Dance form – Bharathanrithya (Yep.. and not Bharathanatya which is slightly different). I have given attention to a lot of details here, be it the poses which are stances from Bharatanrithya to the nose ring these dancers wear and the style of draping of the saree which is essentially the Kacche/Dhothi saari worn by the traditional women in Tamil Nadu from the Brahmin families.

Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket

Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket

 Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket

Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket

Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket

Styling/Fashion Note:

Saree and Blouse:

I picked up this Light Orange Crepe Silk saree of 9 yards, which while shooting gave us this Neon effect. The saree draped here is in the Madisar Style essentially worn by the Iyengar and Iyer Brahmin women from Tamil Nadu. (More about saree drapes here). The Saree Blouse’s silhouette is exactly the same as the Mexican Bolero Jacket which was altered to fit exactly like a saree blouse, the pallu was tucked into the jacket’s shoulder flap to give it that western feel.

Blouse Details:

Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket

Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket

Accessories: A fusion of Indo-Western again.

Traditional Nose rings worn by dancers fused with the ear cuffs. The dull gold belt to define the waist to which I added this tribal looking necklace with Neon Details. The Belt is in reference to one of the adornments known as the ‘Patti’ worn around the waist that you see on Shila Balikas on various Stupas/ walls in different temples in India.

Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket
Bolero Jacket Details
Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket
Belt and Tribal Necklace

Shoes that I chose were the Pencil heeled Moccasins with Golden toe and punk details.

Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Moccasins
Golden Toe Moccasins

Makeup: I wanted the eyes accentuated like how dancers usually do, but with an add-on of the smokey effect in Grey. The lips were painted with light stroke of Red.

Indian Festivewear saree, Indo western fusion wear, Bolero Jacket
Nose Ring and Makeup

Photo Credits: Raj Rj Photography

Crepe Saree: Garden Vareli

Bolero Jacket – Saree Blouse – Anjuna Flea Market, Goa

Accessories: Ear Cuff, Dull gold Belt and Tribal Necklace from Styletag

Shoes: Street Market, Singapore

Lips: Lakme Absolute Matte in Classic Red colour

Eye Makeup: Urban Decay Palette – Naked 3

Well thats me trying my hand at mixing different art forms and cultural aesthetics to bring out the essence of it all in this post. What do you think ? Do leave me your comments.

xoxo

Chaicy Sign

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46 Replies to “Indo-Western Look: Bolero Blouse”

  1. Chaicy, this is beautiful… I love all the colors and different material used.. gorgeous 😉

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment… have a wonderful day ♡♡♡

  2. OMG!! Love your clicks dear…you look stunning!!
    ..I can’t believe you got that from a flea market…it is awesome!
    Thanks for mentoning where you got the products from 🙂

  3. never knew there are so much detail to a saree.
    thanks for this post! It is useful!

  4. Beautiful! I love how effortlessly the whole look come together. Almost like traditional meets new edge 🙂

  5. wow i am so honor that you have my country bolero..
    so beautiful.
    and the pattern of the bolero called is batik.. *just for the adding information* .
    thank you for sharing with us hon 🙂

  6. I love this fusion, it has the Indian and the Western feel to it for sure. Great poses there, your SIL must be great dancer GigLOve

  7. i’m very ignorant about fashion, tbh. so if you haven’t state that this is an indo-western style, i probably will not notice! i just know that it’s a very pretty outfit.
    giglove

  8. Awww.. You are stunning ny dear~ I would like to try this westernized indian wear. I wore the classic one before and i love it much. Giglove

    1. Yes Yes!! You must own of these cool jackets! 🙂 Do share the post when you have blogged about the look 🙂

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