I have always had a fascination with the eye-catching embroidery that comes from the North-Western Indian state of Rajasthan.
The women there never shy away from colour, and their intricate designs often feature the most unexpected of colour combinations that somehow manage to look so regally cheerful when paired together. Apart from the clash of colours, I absolutely adore the mirror-work that goes into Rajasthani embroidery; so ethic, and so beautifully boho.
Mainstream fashion has taken cues from traditional Rajasthani handicrafts. From mirror-work to block prints and tie-dye, regional flavours have managed to make their way onto global catwalks.
As I was spending my very first Eid in India, I made a trip to Meena Bazaar (Bur Dubai, Dubai) before my departure. When it comes to ethnic wear and besotted tailoring, Meena Bazaar is my favorite place to shop in the UAE. The endless rows of shops always manage to entice me with uniquely different pieces, and this time was no different.
I found a little shop in the heart of Meena Bazaar selling heavily embroidered Rajasthani material, and my imagination went on overdrive. This piece of material even has mirror-work on it! What will I get stitched for Eid? An ethnic-inspired gown? A tunic? A pair of pants?! I had a chat with a tailor there who proved to be very helpful, and I settled for a long jacket.
I have an obsession for unusual jackets (see my previous posts here and here). Throwing on a beautifully detailed jacket is the easiest way to upscale a simple jeans and tank-top combo. They also look great over a monotone dress or jumpsuit.
A heavily embroidered Rajasthani jacket can therefore still manage to be a very versatile wardrobe addition, I reasoned with myself. I wore it over my GAP Girlfried jeans and a plain black tank top.
As the colours are so cheerfully loud and bright, I kept my makeup and accessories to a bare minimum.
I think my self-designed jacket looked pretty festive on Eid day 😊.