Different Ways You Could Shine Bright Through Mirror Work
When Taylor Swift said, “I’m a mirrorball”, we took it seriously.
Mirror work is widely known as sheesha or abhala bharat embroidery. It has been shining through traditional Indian outfits for centuries. What’s fascinating about the evolution of mirror work is that we’ve found ways to modify, mould and stretch the traditional art form to be incorporated into our modern wardrobes seamlessly. The mirror work that we see today originated in the 17th century’s Jat communities. They brought with them Balochi techniques of mirror work when they migrated to India. Since then, the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan have intensely held onto the handcraft.
Experimentation with motifs, patterns, colours and silhouettes have helped reintroduce the craft in contemporary times. Designers like Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Arpita Mehta, Abhinav Mishra, Neeta Lulla and Manish Malhotra, among others, have relentlessly carried on including mirrors as a part of their sartorial narrative.
The versatility of mirror work is essentially why it is increasingly found in the wardrobes of the millennials. It can be paired and layered with everything from an ethnic ensemble to denims. It adds a statement to an otherwise dreary outfit and can change the aesthetic completely. The best way to introduce mirror work in your daily wardrobe is to accessorise with phone cases, juttis, some timeless jhumkas, laptop cases, an alluring mirror work belt or even suspenders. Start small and build up to bolder pieces for special occasions. You can also customise pieces by mixing different embroidery techniques like gota patti, katdana or salli work with mirror embroidery to make your festive season ensembles dazzle just that little bit more.
We have some fascinating ways for you to bring the kitsch bling into your daily life that will help facilitate you in owning every room you step into. Here’s to multiple moments of self-reflection! Literally.
A mirror embroidered blouse with a supreme cut paired with a sari is classic.
Style Tip: You can pair it with an oversized, light, washed denim jacket, boyfriend jeans and some fun sneakers to make it casual-chic.
Shweta has paired the cropped bustier with high-waisted box-pleated pants and a flowy tulle jacket. The merging of mirror work with the silhouettes is effortless.
The borderless shard earrings are a thunder stealer. Equally perfect for a red carpet entrance or a wedding.
We all remember when JLo graced the stage with this risqué piece. The light reflecting from the mirror work makes her look scintillating and adds a glow.
A Manish Malhotra birthday outfit is definitely the way to go. It’s sizzling and shining, everything you need to remain the centre of attraction.
Ethereal, commanding and gorgeously enigmatic Sonam Kapoor-Ahuja does it yet again – turning every head in the room she enters.
Tara Sutaria made the perfect fashion statement with this Rajasthani craftwork laden mini skirt. #SlayingInStyleAthiya Shetty
Athiya’s elegance always has us in awe of her. A blinged up empire line dress is a must have when looking to accentuate the look effortlessly.
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