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25 Mar

Dress up for Gudi Padwa at home

From the nauvari to the nath, here are the traditional items that you can find in your closet to work your sartorial charm even though you’re at home

A sari sight
One of the key essentials of a traditional Maharashtrian look is the culturally-rich and beloved nine-yard nauvari sari or kashta. Available in vibrant colours—from magenta to emerald greens—and flattering textiles such as comfortable cottons and luxe silks, the timeless nauvari is intrinsic to a Maharashtrian woman’s wardrobe. Unlike a typical sari, the nauvari is worn sans a petticoat with the centre of the sari tucked in at the back. With the decorative ends of the drape sitting pretty over the shoulders, this style of draping will make you look every bit the part for your Gudi Padwa celebrations!


The sundar buns
Apart from the striking gold jewellery and vibrant outfits that are intrinsic to the community, the locals very proudly style their hair in a sleek low bun festooned with garlands of fresh flowers. While a mogra gajra is the more authentic choice, you can also accessorise your hair with marigolds or roses taken from your garden. And if you still wish to go the extra mile, insert an ambada hair pin to elevate your festive look.


Nath effect
Of all the culturally-rooted baubles that are inherent to the Maharashtrian woman—be it green bangles, thushi, kamarbandh, Kolhapuri saaj, antique hair pin or jodvis, to name a few—the nath or nathni is a must if you’re looking to make an authentic statement. In its most popular iteration, the crescent-shaped nath features an uncut diamond flanked by an array of Basra pearls.


Fall for flats

To complete your traditional avatar, don’t forget to ditch your heels and step out in a pair of ethnic Kolhapuri chappals. Made of long-lasting handcrafted leather, this footwear also comes embossed in a variety of prints and vivid colours.


Head’s up
Add a distinctive finishing touch to your look by placing a chandrakor bindi on your forehead. Worn with pride by the Maharashtrian community, the bindi—designed in the shape of a crescent moon—will lend your ensemble an authentic touch. Typically found in a deep red hue, you can also find style variants—some of which come studded with diamantés—in a broad spectrum of complementary colours.

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