From Kutch, with love: This Navratri, flaunt the best Garba outfit, choose from these handmade artisanal pieces
Navratri celebrations are around the corner and it is time to get your Garba outfit in order for dandiya nights. While stores and streets are flooded with lehengas, jewellery and juttis from all over the country, nothing says Garba better than Gujarati and Rajasthani traditional embroidery and mirrorwork handcrafted by expert artisans themselves. Keep reading to discover a list of websites and stores that offer clothing and accessories for all kinds of closets and tastes, for that perfect Garba outfit from Kutch, with love.
Clothing: Kutchi Embroideries, Mirrorwork ghagras, and Tasseled chaniya cholis
Multicolour Pink and Blue Lehenga Choli by Karigiri
Karigiri aims to introduce consumers to beautiful Indian textiles and designs and brings India’s choicest artisans to the online world. Apart from pretty sarees, Karigiri also brings you ornate lehenga choli sets, which make for the perfect Garba outfit for a classy yet colourful Dandiya night.
We recommend – Multicolour Pink and Blue lehenga choli with sequin and mirror work.
Price Rs. 21,558
Jacket Style Navratri Chaniya Choli Set With Attractive Work
This international boutique defines the desi and Gujarati aesthetic in a modern yet minimalistic style. Their bright hues, simple mirror work and stylish cholis are bound to make you go gaga over their lehenga sets. Grab your ethnic wear ahead of your big Dandiya night by either placing an order on their website or on their Instagram page.
We recommend – Jacket style Navratri Chaniya Choli Set with Attractive Work
Price Range – Rs. 18,000 to 12,000
Multicolour Garba Chaniya Choli by Rajwadi
A veteran in the Indian textile business, this four-decade-old Gujarati business specialises in ethnic wear for all members of your family. It is an affordable option for those who love to have a bank of outfits planned for a multiple-day Navratri event. So, get your garba outfits in order with these beautiful traditional chaniya choli sets with Kutchhi embroideries and fun colours and play dandiya in ethnic style.
We recommend – Rajwadi’s vast display of Kutchi embroidered chaniya choli sets and Navratri kediyas for women and Koti and kurta sets for men
Price range – Rs. 2,000 to 12,000
Chaniya Choli from Banjara India
If you are going for a traditional Rajasthani and Gujarati flare this Navratri, Banjara India is the best option for you. Working with experienced designers and artisans specialising in Kutchi and Rajasthani embroidery, this retailer brings the style of the desert to your doorstep, no matter where you are. Get these extremely affordable yet super stylish chaniya choli sets made by Rajasthani and Gujarati craftsmen and flaunt a new garba outfit each day.
We recommend: Cotton Chaniya Choli with Kutchh Work Embroidery in Yellow and Kutchi embroidered Koti jackets for both men and women.
Price range – Rs. 1,000 to 5,000
Chaniya Choli by Mirraw
Mirraw claims to bring the traditional colours and weaves from around India to anyone and everyone no matter where you are. Collaborating with many small creators and businesses, Mirraw compiles different ethnic wears of the country on its website and titles itself ‘India’s biggest ethnic store.’ Get their handpicked true-to-their-roots chaniya choli sets and glam up your Garba outfit.
We recommend – Off-white embroidered cotton semi-stitched lehenga choli
Price range – Rs 1,700 to 12,000
Accessories: Silver jhumkis, ancestral weaves, and Jaipuri potlis
A handmade potli by the Kala Raksha artisans
The Kala Raksha trust is a non-profit group directly linked with the artisans of Kutch. This group is dedicated to the preservation of traditional arts and helps the artisans keep their ancestral craft alive through education, documentation and, of course, awareness. Find beautiful Kutchi potlis and handbags to accompany and accessorize your Garba outfit and in turn, help out the traditional artisans step into the new age markets.
Price range – Rs. 200 to 5,000
View all their products here.
A pink mosaic embroidered bag from Shrujan
Another non-profit organisation, Shrujan works with craftswomen from over 120 villages doing over 50 different kinds of embroideries. The organisation hosts multiple workshops and exhibitions across the country regularly to not only make the world aware of these ancestral art forms but also to gain support for the continued livelihood of these women. Get these beautifully embroidered dupattas, potlis and tote bags and keep the art of Kutchi embroidery alive.
Price range – Rs. 900 to 12,000
Buy the accessories here.
Mehreen black Kutch embroidery silver choker from Tjori
Traditionally, the women of Kutch adorn their bright coloured outfits with silver or silver-oxidized jewellery. At Tjori, a brand that collaborates with designers and artisans both to curate tasteful ethnic wear, you can find an amalgamation of Kutchi embroidery and silver jewellery. Get these unique pieces to accessorise your Garba outfit and stand out in the crowd.
Price range – Rs. 600 – 2,300
Silver choker necklace with pearls by Jaypore
Get that true desert look with silver jewellery from Jaypore’s eponymous label. Be it tassled bangles, long layered necklaces or statement ear cuffs and jhumkis, Jaypore collaborates with artisans and craftsmen from around the country to bring you a wide range of designer silver jewellery in unique yet ethnic designs which will surely complement your outfit.
Price range: Rs 600 to 39,000
Sonakshi Sinha in Ritika Sachdeva jewellery. Image Courtesy: Ritika Sachdeva website
Want to add some shine and bling to your colourful outfit? Ritika Sachdeva’s mirror-studded jewellery in flattering ethnic shapes is just the thing you need. Be it in gold or silver, Sachdeva’s evergreen designs in simple motifs are statement pieces that will look great on any ethnic outfit. Take inspiration from their celebrity edit or buy their standalone pieces to bring that extra glam to your Garba outfit.
Price range – Rs. 1,350 to 6,000
Pabiben along with her creation
One of the first women enterprises in India, Pabiben.com was founded by Pabiben, a Kutch native. She learned the art of commercial embroidery in her hometown and went on to form a coalition with other women from her village. The master artisan also invented a new kind of embroidery called ‘Hari Jari,’ an art form that used ribbons and trimmings in embroidery. But handbags, potlis, batuas, and more to add to your dandiya night outfit and embody the Kutch flare.
Price range – Rs 300 to 2,800
Footwear: Jaipuri juttis, leather Kolhapuris, floral embroidered slides and sneakers
A pair of juttis from the Mulberry Cocoon Collection by Imlee
Based out of Jaipur and adopting the craftsmanship of Punjabi artisans, Imlee offers luxury juttis and mojaris for every occasion that deems an ethnic touch. From block printing to gota patti to Aari work and Kashmiri Kashidakaari, Imlee has a wide range of designs for men and women to choose from.
Price range: Rs 1,650 to 3,200
5 Elements by Radhika Gupta
Sonam Kapoor wearing 5 Elements by Radhika Gupta. Image Courtesy – 5 Elements website
A designer Indian footwear brand, 5 Elements was founded by Radhika Gupta in 2005. It works hand-in-hand with the country’s craftsmen and offers some of the most premium and ethnic Indian designs for juttis, Kolhapuris and mules. Buy tassels, pompoms, embroidery or sworovski-studded juttis and give your strut a glamourous update.
Price range – Rs. 1,500 to 9,000
House of Vian
House of Vian juttis in Sundari
This chic brand is for every modern-day jutti lover who is not just looking for Indian footwear for ethnic wear but any and all kinds of outfits. With a vast variety of juttis, mules, wedges and matching even clutches and potlis (yes, you read that right) handmade by artisans from Rajasthan and Punjab, this brand is the definition of modern-day desi fashion.
Price range – Rs. 2,500 to 4,000
An artisan at Vhaan making Kolhapuri chappals
Vhaan brings the stories of the leather craftsmen of Kolhapur to you. Made by leather artisans following an ancestral craft, Vhaan is the place to go to when you want the most authentic Kolhapuri chappals online. Albeit not the most stylish, this footwear is super comfortable, easy to wear and evergreen. Give your feet a break with these airy and casual slippers.
Price range – Rs. 1,000 to 6,000
Coral Haze Sneakies in Penny
Coral Haze is the brand that you need if you like to bend the rules. While this brand specialises in juttis and mojaris made by Punjabi artisans, come here for a fusion twist to your Garba night outfit. Buy embroidered slides and sneakers which complement your outfit and flaunt your Indo-Western style.
Price range – Rs. 2,000 to 4,500
Happier Shades of Grey Jutti from ShilpaSutra
Founded by NIFT graduate Shilpa Agarwalla, this handcrafted footwear brand focuses on making handcrafted luxury and delicately designed juttis, kohlapuris, and loafers. This bespoke brand keeps up with the preferences of the customer and aims to change the way Indian fashion is perceived based on international fashion trends. Buy intricately embroidered juttis or comfortable sequinned loafers to amp up your Navratri outfit.
Price range – Rs. 2,000 – 4,600
By Tanushi Bhatnagar
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