CELEBRITIES FLAUNTING THE TRADITIONAL BLOCK PRINTS

Inspiration to incorporate Block Prints into your Everyday Wardrobe

Indian Bollywood actresses are not just some mere celebrities in the eyes of their fans; they are considered as the emblem of style, fashion, and beauty. Block prints have always been popular among the women since time immemorial. If you think block prints are for the commoners like us, we are far from truth. Celebrities have flaunted their block prints in such an exquisite manner that all of us could sit down to take style notes from them and build a wardrobe rich in Indian prints for your next big party or event.

Bollywood celebrities who have been flaunting gorgeous block printed outfits in various occasions and appearances, in both reel and real life, have only fueled the handloom movement among the masses.

To inspire your style, here are a few noteworthy outfits from celebrities who wear these traditional prints on their sleeves (quite literally sometimes), becoming the trendsetters for the same.

 

  1. Vidya Balan

The actor has been using her Instagram page to promote homegrown labels by wearing outfits only from local and sustainable designers. Her page is full of colorful block printed sarees, maxi dresses and stylish top and pant sets.

Fun cotton dress with block print done by artisans of Sanganeri lanes.
Figure 1.  Fun cotton dress with block print done by artisans of Sanganeri lanes. Image Courtesy - Instagram/ balanvidya

 

  1. Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt’s desi summer wardrobe consists of beautiful block printed anarkalis and kurtas from designers like Anita Dongre.

Handblock printed anarkali during the promotions of Raazi.
Figure 2. Handblock printed anarkali during the promotions of Raazi. Image courtesy - Instagram/ aliaabhatt

Alia Bhatt in block printed kurta with geometrical motifs
Figure 3. Alia Bhatt in block printed kurta with geometrical motifs. Image courtesy - Instagram/ aliaabhatt

This kurta set qualifies as a quality party wear piece and when paired with jeans, becomes a perfect outfit to sport for any casual event.

 

  1. Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor who has won our hearts with her sartorial choices, has umpteen number of hand block printed pieces in her wardrobe. She has been seen wearing elegant Ikat dresses for events while coordinates for an easy breathable look.

Sonam Kapoor in black ikat dress from Grassroot
Figure 4. Sonam Kapoor in black ikat dress from Grassroot . Image - https://www.lassiwithlavina.com/

Sonam looks in Ikat coordinates at Mumbai Airport
Figure 5. Sonam looks in Ikat coordinates at Mumbai Airport . Image Courtesy - https://www.vogue.in/

This Ikat shirt would look great on jeans as well, making it a perfect pick for the day out.

  1. Janhvi Kapoor

Janhvi, the new generation B-Town star, is often spotted in easy traditional kurtas and dresses when it comes to choosing off- duty. She gives us reasons to keep an eye out for block prints with her breezy ethnic sets. Being an integral ingredient of her personal style, she supports the case of Indian handlooms.

Jhanvi Kapoor at Mumbai Airport

Figure 6. Jhanvi Kapoor at Mumbai Airport. Image Courtesy - https://swirlster.ndtv.com/

  1. Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif in a red saree with traditional block prints by Anita Dongre.
Figure 7. Katrina Kaif in a red saree with traditional block prints by Anita Dongre. Image courtesy - https://swirlster.ndtv.com/

 

  1. Taapsee Pannu

Tapsee Pannu in a block printed saree on the Handloom day.
Figure 8. Tapsee Pannu in a block printed saree on the Handloom day. Image courtesy - Instagram/taapsee

 

  1. Aditi Rao Hydri

Aditi has always aced ethnic looks like a pro and no wonder hand block prints make up a good portion of her wardrobe. She is often spotted in block printed dresses for promotional events.

Aditi Rao Hydri in light pastel handblock printed dress.
Figure 9. Aditi Rao Hydri in light pastel handblock printed dress. Image courtesy - www.vogue.in

 

  1. Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza in a block printed gown an event in Rajasthan- Grassroot by Anita Dogre.
Figure 10. Dia Mirza in a block printed gown an event in Rajasthan- Grassroot by Anita Dogre. Image Courtesy - www.pinterest.com

Perfect pick for party wear!

 

  1. Anushka Sharma

Dia Mirza in a block printed gown an event in Rajasthan- Grassroot by Anita Dogre.
Figure 11. Anushka Sharma in a floral block printed suit by Sabyasachi. Image courtesy - www.pinkvilla.com

 

  1. Sara Ali Khan

She is often spotted in traditional outfits with beautiful hand block prints.

Dia Mirza in a block printed gown an event in Rajasthan- Grassroot by Anita Dogre.
Figure 12. Sara in hand block printed outfits. Image Courtesy - https://www.time8.in/

Recently, during the lockdown, we witnessed many celebrities promoting their movies from the comfort of their homes in block printed outfits. Vidya Balan donned beautiful block printed maxi dresses and sarees for the virtual promotions of Shakuntala Devi. One of her recent looks was an indigo block-printed maxi dress from Rivaaj Jaipur, which featured handloom cotton and the region’s local hand block printing. Balan added an informative excerpt with her followers: “Indigo, the deep and rich blue colour is derived from the ancient dye. The indigo prints have been taken to remarkable journey and evolved over time in India,” as part of her #VocalForLocal series.

Vidya Balan in Bagru Printed Maxi dress for e- promotions of Shakuntala Devi
Figure 13.Vidya Balan in Bagru Printed Maxi dress for e- promotions of Shakuntala Devi. Image courtesy - Instagram/balanvidya

Jahnvi Kapoor for the promotion of Gunjan Saxena
Figure 14. Jahnvi Kapoor for the promotion of Gunjan Saxena. Image courtesy - Instagram/janhvikapoor

From what we see above, celebrities love flaunting traditional hand block motifs and designs on sarees, kurta sets and dresses. In case you’re not interested in sarees and suits, there is a variety of hand block printed tops in stylish western silhouettes, which you can pair with jeans just like Sara did here. This pair of a stylish front slit top with jeans would look great for any occasion whether it is a party or a day out with friends.

Sara in stylish front slit block printed top paired with jeans
Figure 15. Sara in stylish front slit block printed top paired with jeans. Image courtesy - https://blog.mirraw.com/

A block printed lehenga with a stylish crop top or a sharara with a relatively longer top would qualify as a perfect ladies party wear for a chic look. You can mix and match with umpteen number of silhouettes and styles based on your body type and preferences but it is the traditional motif designs which give it a flare of Indianness.

The fashion industry has reverted to garments with a personal touch; a phenomenon which is being witnessed across the world. It's no different for block printing too. The forte of block prints lies in the fact that they are easy to carry and so versatile a craft which can be a heritage saree, a dress, tunic, top or churidar. They are a reflection of pure handloom work and suitable for every occasion, whether it be a party or just a get together with friends. Perhaps that’s the reason it has been a part and parcel of both reel and real lives of fashion Divas like Sonam Kapoor and ravishing Vidya Balan. They not only combine the grace of Indian heritage and comfortable silhouettes, but incorporating them into our wardrobes lend a voice to the weavers and the artisans of the nation. On the occasion of National Handloom Day which was on August 7, Friday, when people from all over the country supported the #Vocal4Handmade cause, Bollywood celebrities who are the top fashion trendsetters of India, also urged people to embrace local handmade crafts. Priyanka Chopra, Karisma Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty to Janhvi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu and many more celebrities took to their social media and posted stunning pictures sporting handloom sarees like true Indian divas.

Popular personalities like these are paving the way in terms of creating awareness for Indian handlooms, but this trend should not stop where it starts!

Like Bollywood divas, welcome handloom outfits into your wardrobe and support #Vocal4Handmade

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