As 2021 sets in, we’re already gearing up for the upcoming festivities; however big or small, the first festival of the new year has a special place in our hearts. New resolutions are made each year, and there are new hopes, new aspirations as January commences. And I must admit, the first Indian Festival of the First Calendar month of the year is truly special. Yes, Makar Sankrant or Uttarayan or Maghi is a festival celebrated across states by different names and different ways, marking the harvest season. Another occasion to dress-up, have lots of sweets, fly kites, and enjoy the holiday!
Unlike other Indian festivals, Makar Sankranti is unique as it is celebrated on the same date and month every year. Makar stands for Capricorn, and Sankranti means transition. So this day the sun sets on its journey north (not quite literally).
Apart from the sweets, dancing,and kite flying, wearing new clothes is also a part of celebrating this festival.
When we talk about sporting a black outfit for any religious festival, it is considered inauspicious. During festivals, it is necessary to wear an outfit that is colorful, bright with beautiful work on it. But Makar Sankranti is an exception. During this festivity, a black outfit is a must. Why so? The sun rises in the north direction, thereby believing that the heat is absorbed inside, increasing the body temperature. As this festival comes during the winters, sporting black is an ideal choice for keeping warm, and celebrating with no distractions.
We at Phulari have curated a black collection keeping Makar Sankranti in mind. This collection consists of beautiful handcrafted products that include sarees, dupattas, kurtis and stoles. All crafted lovingly by our local artisans and small businesses.
Here are our recommended products you could wear and also tips on how to style them on this joyous festival:
If you are looking to drape a piece that is simple yet fashionable, a black phulkari saree will make an ideal pick. It is black with Kanchan embroidery on the entire fabric along with a gold tissue border. Accessorising it with silver jewelry adds that extra touch to your look.
For all hand-painted lovers, this Makar Sankranti adorn yourself with a black and white Kalamkari saree. The saree has beautifully hand-drawn and hand-painted motifs on the pallu and border. It will not only set you aside from the crowd but also compliments is sure to follow.
Celebrate the occasion in both comfort and style by wrapping yourself in a black woollen stole. It will not only protect you from the cold climate but also enhance ethnic attires.
This is a popular choice among many women. It is easy to carry, comfortable yet chic. It can be matched with a palazzo and leggings. To accentuate your appearance, adding some oxidised jewelry would work the magic.
If wearing an Anarkali is not your cup of tea, you can go in for a straight fit Kurti with leggings. It is simple but definitely will create a style statement.
A perfect choice for a woman who loves silky, soft, and sturdy drapes, the Assam Kantha saree is an ideal pick for Makar Sankranti. It has a very ethnic feel with the beautifully handcrafted Kantha embroidered motifs on the entire fabric. The saree itself is sure to bring in all the compliments that you can skip accessorising it with jewelry.
An all-time favorite, a Banarasi dupatta will never go out of fashion. It is classy, making it the ideal accessory for any ethnic outfit. Carry it on your shoulder along with some jewelry and juttis for a charming traditional look.
If you are looking for an outfit that is a blend of simplicity, casualness, and elegance, a hand-embroidered salwar suit is the right pick for the festivity. It can be stitched to the comfort and pattern of your choice.
Drape a timeless art form that has been passed from generations this Makar Sankranti. Cotton or modal silk Ajrakh is a suitable choice for saree lovers and those willing to experiment. Unlike other art and craft forms, Ajrakhs are on a rustier and less bright side but are extremely alluring and a must-have.
Accessorise your kurta or lehenga by wrapping a Phulkari dupatta. It is an ideal piece to elevate your look and outfit.
And if Black is too cliche, how about you try some of these quirky recommendations:
- Handloom saree with Kite applique work
- Handblock Dhoti pants for a nice kite flying session with friends
- Handblock Ajrakh Skirts for that chic yet traditional look
These outfits are sure to bring warmth, happiness, and richness on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. Just see how effortlessly the magic is evoked by sporting any of them. Tell us what you wore this Sankranti, just tag @phularicom on Instagram or Facebook, we’d love to see your style statement and learn a few cents from you too.
Have a fun-filled Sankranth!
Don't forget to explore our Black Collection!