In the age of palazzos and nude makeup, don’t celebrities supporting Indian handlooms sound strange and weird to you?
How many of you know that the Indian handlooms are springing back to fashion and pics with #iwearhandloom are trending on Twitter and Facebook?
Just to keep you updated –
When Textiles Minister Smriti Irani tweeted a picture supporting Indian handlooms on August 1 last year, she virtually flagged off the national campaign promoting handloom cotton dresses on social media. In fact, Smriti Irani (the “Tulsi” of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi serial) had posted a picture of herself dressed in a handloom cotton saree from Bihar and asked people to share their handloom clothes look. The idea behind this mission was to lend support to 43 lac Indian weavers and their families spread across the country. Isn’t it a brilliant idea?
What happened then? The ordinary folks to celebs happily started embracing this social-and-personal endeavor. And became participative in the promotion of handloom saree.
Here Are The Top Celebs Supporting The Indian Handloom:
The growing number of celebrities who are wearing and endorsing handloom cotton saris will certainly impress you. There is not one but many.
Starting with the actress and fashionable diva Samantha Akkineni who has been promoting Indian crafts and embroidery to the fullest before and after her marriage to Naga Chaitanya.
Sam Prabhu shared a pic of a hand-embroidered blouse which she paired with an Ajrakh print saree. Supporting the cause and initiative of Indian handlooms, Samantha Akkineni urged her fans to come to Chennai for an upcoming exhibition.
Any clue of the caption of the image? It said –
“A beautiful hand embroidered blouse paired with an #ajrakh print sari from Kamala, Chennai – the crafts shop of @craftscouncilofindia #Chennai #iwearhandloom.”
Is this the only instance of the lovely actress Sam Prabhu supporting Indian weaves? Nope!
Samantha Akkineni looked every bit regal in a monochrome ikat saree teamed up with a long black jacket. Her shoulder-touching long silver earrings and well-defined waistline complemented her handloom style.
Aren’t the fashion choices of Samantha Akkineni worth a headline in itself? She is doing her bit by championing the cause of Indian handlooms pretty well. And all this when she is in the thick of the action in her Telugu and Tamil films! Surely she has a heart for the Indian handloom.
Samantha Akkineni is not the only one involved in the promotion of the Indian handlooms. It has attracted many more personalities from the film and fashion industry and politics. Some of the celebs have even walked the ramp for fashion designers in handloom saree blouse.
It’s time now to scroll down and scan through the through the variety of celeb-endorsed fashion statements made the Indian handloom way.
Kalki Koechlin spotted in a handwoven saree.
#Neerja Sonam Kapoor flaunting her hourglass figure in a blue handloom piece. How confident she looks in this quirky piece.
Sonam Kapoor again in colorful weaves from Anavila (left) and Gaurang Shah (right).
Actress Vidya Balan is “Entertainment Entertainment Entertainment” when it comes to celebrities supporting Indian handlooms. How elegant she looks in Indian fashion. It seems her curves are specially made to wear handlooms – whether in the form of cotton dresses or saris. Dressed in this white handloom saree with a printed black blouse, she is no doubt looking like a handloom diva. Perfect cue for the fashion aspirants reading this piece!
Tumhari Sulu Vidya Balan in this block-printed kalamkari sari. This actress-n-award winner has pure love for handlooms and we love it!
Not every time does actress Neha Dhupia look absolutely desi. She looks oh-so-cool-and-hot in this white Anavila handloom cotton saree.
Priyanka Chopra who impressed the global audience with her performance in ‘Quantico’ would not like to leave her Indian roots and handlooms behind. Spotted she is in this dual tone blue and pink handloom saree.
Kirron Kher is very dignified in dressing and supporting #iwearhandloom. Seen here wearing Gaurav Gupta’s handloom saree for a ramp walk.
We all loved Radhika Apte in the film Padman. She looks equally ravishing in this beige handloom saree by Anavila, paired with a red blouse.
Radhika Apte showed her love for the Indian handloom as she donned an Ikat dress in cotton from the label ‘The Meraki Project’ designed by Sonali Pamnani as she strutted the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016.
Neena Gupta caught sporting one of the finest examples of handloom cotton saris which she paired with statement chunky jewelry to look stunning.
The lovely Kajol and her unibrows are here to stay. Her white and black handloom saree beautifully paired with an orange blouse depicts her love for the handloom saree.
Priyanka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi’s style is synonymous with their love for handloom cotton sarees. The daughter proves it in the pic below, so did her grandmother Late Indira Gandhi.
Bengali film director Aparna Sen’s daughter Konkona Sen walked the runway in this quirky handcrafted mustard color saree dhoti.
Dia Mirza walked the ramp in this beige handloom cotton saree. Doesn’t she look enchanting even after her marriage?
Mini Mathur in a handloom saree and a bell-sleeved blouse. That’s nice and experimental, isn’t it?
It is hard to stop three-time National Film Awards winner Kangana Ranaut from looking boho even in handloom cotton dresses. (On left) Easy breezy cotton ivory dress from Pero by Aneeth Arora, (On right) sari and sunnies.
Tisca Chopra in a charming Raw Mango pink and green checkered silk saree paired with a contrast sleeveless boat neck blouse. Polki earrings and a big bindi complete her look.
Novelist and activist Arundhati Roy loves handwoven cotton outfits from labels Pero by Aneeth Arora and Rina Dhaka.
Anu is wearing a vibrant sea blue handloom saree with a contrasting black blouse.
Catherine’s saree in a different draping style is definitely awe-inspiring!
So which of the actresses endorsing the #iwearhandloom campaign did you like the most? Tell us in the comments box below. Don’t forget to share your pics with #iwearhandloom and this blog on your social networks too. Love India, love Indian handlooms!