One of the best things about an ethnic wardrobe is that you can find inspiration almost everywhere. Right from your friends, to your grandmother’s closet to the people you see on the streets, there is a hint on ethnicity almost everywhere. If you are looking to up your ethnic game this month, we’ve put together the perfect inspiration chart. Take cues from these 29 India states and get ready to build a wardrobe that is as diverse as our country.
Andhra Pradesh And Telangana
You cannot miss a visit to the Chudi Bazaar at Charminar in Hyderabad. The colourful maze of every kind of bangles that you could ever imagine (and buy at decent rates) is going to leave you with some beautiful options to pair your white kurti with.
Welcome to the mecca of winter clothes. The local Tibetan markets are the perfect place to invest in those warm woollen scarves and tea-length jackets.
The Assam silk sarees need to be a part of your wardrobe if you are looking at ethnic perfection. The Muga silk (which is exclusive to the state) is the perfect Diwali outfit option.
Khatwa, or the art of appliqué work is something you really need to check out in Bihar. Get yourself a khatwa silk blouse for your beautiful saree collection; or to be worn as a totally desi girl crop top option.
If you are in the capital city of Raipur you have to get your hands on the Dhruva saree; a perfect addition to your #SareeStyle plus you can never have too many sarees, can you?
When in Goa, do as the Goans. Known for its seashell jewellery, we suggest getting a nice statement neckpiece that will beautifully complement your kurtis and skirts.
Gujarat is home to bandhnis. Everything from a bandhni kurta to a colourful dupatta, you’ll find something to fit your every fashion need.
Pick up the famous Chope shawl for a perfect addition to your winter wear. You get a variety of options with colourful motifs to choose from so you’ll definitely find something that matches everything in your outfit collection.
Himachal Pradesh is the land of antique jewellery. Pick up a statement neckpiece or some long dangling earrings from Lakka Bazaar.
Jammu & Kashmir
We are just going to saw two words … Pashmina shawls.
The bazaars of Jamshedpur are known for their jewellery so we suggest picking up some nice silver jhumkis and a kundan set or two to sail you over the wedding season.
Famous for its Lambani crafts you can head to Hampi to get your hands on some beautiful belts made with colourful threads and mirror work. It’s the only accessory you need for that denim skirt and crop top combo.
While Rajasthan is great for juttis too, you must not miss out on grabbing a pair of zari-work juttis from Bhopal. Made from leather or suede these make for great Saturday afternoon brunch buddies.
Another saree to add in your ethnic rich wardrobe is the Kasavu saree. The fine cotton fabric with hints of gold and copper jari is the perfect classy lady outfit for those traditional days.
Mumbai is the perfect cosmopolitan city so you’ll find a mix of everything here, but since Bollywood rules the city we suggest getting a jhola bag with an iconic Bollywood poster. Goes with everything right?
A Tangkhul scarf is exactly what your wardrobe needs from Manipur.
Meghalaya offers a great variety of Scottish dress material. Purchase one and turn it into a fun kurti or simply buy the fabric and stitch yourself a long, flowly, desi-meets-Scottish-girl vibes skirt.
The colors, nature and culture of the place makes my stay here at Aizawl very pleasant.. was here at Chapcharkut 2017 celebration as a part of radio coverage and couldn’t stop myself from taking pics off the assignment of this lovely ‘cheraw kan’ (bamboo dance).. Chapchar kût is the festival of spring of the Mizo people.. People used to practice Jhum cultivation in these hilly region in which after one season of crop they wait for drying of the field and then burn to shift to other agricultural land.. During this drying season they have enough time.. Males from the tribe used to hunt for food while ladies made clothes and other chores.. Chapchar kût marks the beginning of the drying season for the tribes.. #incredibleindia #lovely #instagram #mizoram #indiatour #chapcharkut2017 #chapcharkutk #discovernortheast #northeastindia
Paun, the local traditional wear is the perfect wardrobe choice if you are looking for something quirky and fun.
The tribal handwork in Nagaland are just the right dose of colourful, desi and quirky. Invest in a local shawl, a bag or even a denim jacket with motifs to get the North Eastern flavour in your wardrobe.
Odisha is known for its homegrown fabrics and its metal jewellery. So take your pick and go home with either some beautiful statement jewellery pieces or pick up the locally renowned Tussar silk, Sambalpuri silk or cotton sarees.
If hair accessories are your thing, Punjab is your place. Pick the locally famous parandis that will go perfectly well with that French plait.
Your ethnic wardrobe is practically incomplete without a tie-and-dye fabric from Rajasthan.
You can fill up that jewellery box with some beautiful pieces from Sikkim. We recommend the stone work and floral motifs.
Head over to George Town and get your hands on the beautiful pure mulberry silk sarees.
Tripura is known for its handicraft industry so we suggest investing in an everyday sling bag to go with your corporate wear.
The Tibetan markets are the best places to get your hands on some handmade accessories.
Pick yourselves some beautiful antique jewellery from this state of temples.
Invest in the famous textiles of West Bengal especially the Bulchari saree, because like we said a girl can never have enough sarees.
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