Promising Patchwork

As an average Indian kid from a middle class household, most of us have luckily been intricately involved with role of patchwork fabrics in our day to day lives..won’t you agree? I still remember the patchwork quilts (called ‘kantha’ in bengali) that my grandmother would sew for us when we were young. Also, remember Maa sewing patchwork cushions on her Usha sewing machine on lazy afternoons. Ah..those were the days! Also, haven’t we grown up watching amazing patchwork designs on Kacchi Ghagras from Gujarat and wall hangings from Odisha’s Pipli?

While you’ll still find these patchwork wonder linens across every household in India, it has also fortunately become one of the hottest fashion trends that international designers have brought into our cosmopolitan radar. Patchwork pieces are intricate and time-consuming and hence, obviously grabbed the attention of fashion lovers all around the world. From Dior, to our very own Sabyasachi Mukherjee, designers and their muses are indulging themselves in a plethora of colours and fabrics patched into one outfit.

So, one fine day, in one of my rarest visits to Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar Market, that I bumped onto this groundbreaking patchwork jacket hanging precariously on a dusted wall. I couldn’t quite believe what I was looking at. After the first sighting, and a short and pleasant chat with the shop keeper, I found myself putting this beauty in my bag at a price of Rs.350/- (You read it right, please don’t hate me for this). I have no idea, which brand it is, and how much it should ideally cost. What grabs my eye about this jacket is the attention to detail and the execution of the intricate work. You really don’t come across handmade pieces like this every day.

For today’s look, I chose to pair the jacket with a dainty white summer maxi dress which is almost 5 years old, and perfect for summers. Honestly, it’s not really jacket weather in Delhi right now, though nights are cooler enough to style a jacket. I purposely did not wear a necklace so that it would not detract from the overall appeal of the outfit. Again, you may always wear perfect accessories to accentuate the colors of the jacket. I wore military green boots to balance out the components of the outfit. Overall, the outfit came out to be as I wanted and I hope you guys enjoyed the look. I think I’m gonna be obsessed with this jacket for quite some time now. As always, thank you so much for reading.

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What I Wore:

Jacket: Sarojini Nagar Market, Delhi

Maxi Dress: Vero Moda

Boots: Street Style Store

All Pictures by Chinmaya Parija

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