While India is home to some of the finest woven textiles, one remarkable fabric that has stood the test of time is chanderi. What's so great about chanderi, you ask? The fabric is unique for three reasons — it’s luxurious, has a unique sheer quality, and is also the only Indian fabric that shimmers because the glue from the raw yarn is not removed when making it. Think exuberant silk-like outfits that look super glamorous, but are extremely lightweight, and easy to wear. Because of these factors, more and more designers are using this fabric to craft their creations and are adapting it in a lot of other ways to create phenomenal occasion wear.
Here's us taking some inspiration from celebrities and enlisting 3 quintessential ways to wear chanderi for any occasion.
1. Chanderi Sarees
One of the most popular ways (and celeb-approved, too) to wear chanderi is in the form of a saree. While Kajol wore a lovely blue saree by Torani which was adorned all over with beautiful floral prints, Sonam Kapoor kept it stylish in a mint green saree by Masaba which featured lotus prints and a balloon-sleeved blouse. Both these sarees wowed us for their exuberant appeal and perfectly fit the dress code for a casual dinner or a family get-together, don't they? If you are, however, looking for something more extravagant for a wedding, then, we bet Sobhita's saree must have caught your eye. Not only did we love the unusual dark brown colour of the saree but also love its gossamer-like texture. Pair it with a stunning brocade blouse and you'll be wedding ready like Sobhita. Here are some other styles that you can check out too!
2. Chanderi Kurtas
For those who love kurta sets as much as we do, we think you'll love these chanderi kurtas. Looking like a goddess dipped in gold, Athiya stole the show and our hearts in this gold kurta set. We love the fact that she kept the styling to a minimum. For Kangana Ranaut, it was an exquisite floral printed kurta set by Torani that came with a matching dupatta. While her colourful attire was enough to steal the show, the Manikarnika actress styled the look with a floral headband that gave us major Frida Kahlo vibes. We love, especially for a mehendi ceremony! Even Anushka joined the chanderi kurta clan as she opted for this pristine Anarkali kurta by designer Manish Malhotra. Handwoven in chanderi fabric, the kurta also features puri zari work and antique gold zardozi work on its borders. Anushka kept her beauty look fresh and natural, and paired her kurta with kadas and emerald-encrusted earrings which added a pop of colour to her overall look. Did you love these festive styles, too? Then shop for them right away!
Chanderi Printed Kurta Set By Torani
Chanderi Kurta Set By Ajiesh Oberoi
Chanderi Kurta Set By Heena Kochhar
Chanderi Kurta Set By Talking Threads
3. Chanderi Lehengas
For those who want to wear a lehenga for an upcoming occasion but don’t like the idea of a heavy-duty outfit, we bring to you - the chanderi lehenga. Making a strong case for pastel hues, Tara Sutaria looked ravishing in this pink embellished lehenga by Punit Balana which featured over all buttis and was matched perfectly with an embroidered choli. Even the elaborate latkans and the glossy dupatta caught our attention. (Just wondering if they caught yours, too? ) We love how she kept it glam all the way, with soft wavy curls and statement earrings. Just what the lehenga needed. Ananya Pandey, too, made a minimal yet maximal statement when she wore this lehenga by Abhinav Mishra to a wedding. Based on chanderi, the ivory lehenga featured the designer's signature mirror work all over and came with a modern blouse. Both the fashionistas made us want to cart these styles right away and reserve them for a bridesmaid look at the next wedding. If you love them too, then take a look at these styles!