Punjab: Where Cultures Culminate With Clothing
Whenever I think of Punjab, there are some images that come running my mind – I think of fields full of yellow mustard lowers, I think of the holy sanctity of the Golden Temple, I think of glasses full of lassi and plates full of delicious food.
And then comes running to my mind, the image of the stunning women of Punjab dressed in their traditional attires. Whether it is the kurtas or the salwars, the ghaghras or the shararas, the Patiala suits or the phulkari, there is something truly unique about the way women dress in Punjab.
I had been to Punjab a few months back and while I was walking around the markets of Patiala and Amritsar, the one thing that I realised was that in the past few years, fashion had changed incredibly in this state. No longer were the women and girls of Punjab looking for what was completely traditional.
Today, they want something that will keep them rooted in their tradition, but still allow them to look stunning and in keeping with the times. So, even if they are looking for the traditional Punjabi suits, they want something modern about it; either in terms of the fabric, or the embroidery or at least the silhouette.
Because I had been instructed by a few friends to pick out some interesting Punjabi outfits, apart from the obvious Patiala suits, I knew that I had to spend some time shopping for the latest trends.
A long sleeved jacket style kurta with a slit in the middle, teamed with a Patiala salwar was my first pick. The outfit I picked out next was a simple looking kurta and Patiala salwar, but what made it special was the phulkari embroidered jacket. However, the outfit that I liked the most was a Patiala salwar with a shorter version of an anarkali!