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Jugni & Co founders recently took our first trip alone to Pondicherry! Yay! Bucket list is finally shorter! *phew* the pressure social media creates is immense nai? While we strutted around in the mini french colony that India boasts of it struck us to do a full post on the classic south Indian saree. And no, kanjeevaram is not the only types of saree they have. So many varieties, so many stories behind them, here is a breakdown on my favourite one!
The garment we are referring to is traditionally called the Mundum Neriyathum (or its modernized version –Kasavu Saari). The origin of Mundum Neriyathum can be traced back to third century BC when Shramana tradition was spread all over Kerala. Shramanas followed a simple lifestyle. They used to wear hand woven cotton cloths which is yellowish off-white in colour. The gold borders were added on later, when we spoke to locals we figured how this beauty has been worn to temples, weddings, special occasions and even in routine.
Have you ever noticed the traditional attires all across India, You can see that locals tends to wear fabrics with colour contrasting to the landscape of that region. For example, the colourful Rajasthani/ Kutchhi styles match the desert landscape of Rajasthan; or radiant traditional dress of Kashmiri women contrasting with the whitish landscape of Kashmir. Likewise, the off-white coloured Mundum Neriyathum contrast well with vivid landscape of Southern India!
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Had to do a little bit of bhangra.
Unfortunately, you can’t see the traditional mogra hair do on the back of my head, but it looked stunning and if I had a smaller face i would prefer tying up my hair in a bun instead of the braid.
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Disclaimer: I don’t know much about the fabrics, sarees and authentic details about this trend. Points mentioned here are purely out of our little research 🙂
But, tell me; have you tried a traditional attire somewhere you travelled? Like the pahadi dressing up north, or the tea gardens inspired dressing, or anything that made you feel like doing a little happy dance? Also, wouldn’t you try on a saree like this one on your next occasion. I think it’s ideal for summer weddings too!