Senior Fashion Writer
Once you’ve decided what colours you’re going to incorporate in your outfit, you’re onto the next step of the process - picking the right fabric. This is especially true if you’re getting an outfit made from scratch. A lot of factors need to be considered before choosing a fabric - occasion, weather, and body type being the top priorities. If you happen to be one of those women who don’t like to buy anything ready-made and prefer adding a personal touch to the things they wear, you’ve landed on the right page. Here are 6 commonly used fabrics for Indian wear along with the perfect occasion and season to wear them. This guide will come handy when you get your outfit stitched!
When it comes to daily and casual wear, cotton should be your go-to. Since the fabric is soft and breathable, it’s apt for the hot and humid climate of India. Another advantage of the fabric is that it can be dyed into different colours - making the outfit vibrant and dressy. Printed cotton kurtas along with palazzo pants make for comfortable workwear attire but if you want to wear cotton during the cold months, you can mix things up a little by opting for cotton silk. The fabric has a sheen to it which makes it slightly more formal.
POPxo Recommends: Layered Cotton Kurta (Rs 2,999)
Silk is amongst the most popular fabrics in terms of Indian wear. The fabric is produced in India, and is considered rich and more traditional. Thick and heavy fabrics such as Banarasi silk, Mysore silk are commonly used to make wedding ensembles and heavy ethnic wear. Lighter fabrics such as Tussar silk, Kosa silk are used to make sarees and suits that aren’t as heavy. So, if you want to get a lehenga or a suit stitched for an upcoming wedding, silk is the fabric you should be eyeing! The fabric is best worn during the colder months and will help you stay warm, even in Indian wear.
POPxo Recommends: Modal Silk Lehenga (Rs 14,500)
Georgette is known for its soft, flowy look - one of the reasons that this fabric is commonly used in designer wear. Though the fabric has a dainty appeal to it, it has a strong texture which can easily support heavy embroidery and embellishments which makes it ideal for sarees. Owing to the flowy nature of the fabric, it can be used to make kurtas and longline jackets as well. Since the fabric is a little see through, you can get it lined with a heavier fabric for the winter months and pair it with a comfy slip for a summer-friendly outfit.
POPxo Recommends: Half & Half Georgette Saree (Rs 1,202)
Crepe is preferred for formal and workwear since it’s crease-resistant and has a light look. Since the fabric is quite absorbent, it works all year round. It has a very graceful fall which gives the wearer a slimming appearance. The fabric is mostly used to create formal wear suits or sarees but can also be used as a daily wear option, since it requires little or no ironing at all! Crepe was initially only made from silk, but it is now made from satin, cotton and rayon. Which makes the fabric a versatile pick for any occasion!
POPxo Recommends: Mustard Off Shoulder Kurta And Sharara Set (Rs 31,000)
The flowy dupattas and gorgeous sarees you see in Bollywood films are mostly always chiffon! Synthetic chiffon (unlike the traditional silk variant) is much cheaper and can be dyed into different colours, making it quite easy to customize.The fabric is usually used to make sarees, dupattas and scarves. But you can use it to make kurtas and dresses as well! The see-through fabric works best as a base for embroideries and appliques.
POPxo Recommends: Red Chiffon Dress (Rs 14,650)
We hope this helped you!
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