6 Must-Have Traditional Accessories For Diwali
The fast-paced and highly competitive scenarios that are exclusive features of the 21st century have come to define the average lifestyle of an Indian.
Even in these tirelessly unforgiving circumstances if there is one thing that we Indians still yearn to experience no matter what the cost is the exuberating presence that we gain from celebrating a festival.
As a fellow Indian, the writer feels enamoured to know that he is not alone in sharing such a fascination towards festivities of all kinds in a land filled with a plethora of rich and diverse cultures and traditions.
From Kashmir to Kanyakumari the country is filled to the brim with a profusely unique variety in the number of important festivities that it holds, yet none so prestigious and cherubic than Diwali, the legendary festival of light.
While the event and its aura are pretty much well known to almost every citizen in the country, let us still explore its underlying significance and eventual depth which makes it such an irreplaceable chapter in Indian society.
~What is Diwali why Diwali is celebrated and what is its significance?
Diwali or Deepavali is a religious festival celebrated across India primarily by the Hindus, yet has grown to be incorporated by the Sikhs, Jain’s and almost everyone throughout the country as a relatively common consensus of communal harmony.
From a mythological perspective, the festival is associated with the eventual return of Lord Rama and his wife Sita to Ayodhya after their 14 years of exile which culminated after their defeat of King Ravana.
The 5- day festival that is usually celebrated annually during October and November following the Hindu lunisolar month of Kartika in its true essence symbolises the spiritual embodiment of the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.
This is also a season where families across the country, divided by their busy lifestyles, come together to spend time and celebrate with their loved one’s.
Community events are also very much proficient during this period as the presence of melas, fairs and entertainment based programmes across the country are a common sight, thus signifying this as a festival that shines above mere religious perception and instead promotes community involvement and harmony.
The above-mentioned scenarios provide a colourful atmosphere towards the festival as a whole, yet also enables the dimension of it being adorned with a wide range of traditional fashion statements.
Men and women take this opportunity to showcase some of their innovative voguish apparel and outfits. Women, in particular, immerse themselves in traditional attires and accessories, some of them are discussed as :
- Jhumkas Or Heavy Earrings
Let’s start with the first thing we notice in a person, the face. The presence of a glossy and dome-shaped jhumka around the ears can never go out of style for a traditional Diwali based attire.
A classic look, that works well with sparkling chokers or a more orthodox necklace within a high line both of which attributes the glow of each other. Mixing this up with a traditionally exuberant attire consisting of radiant colours can complete the look that dreams are made up of.
Jhumkas offer a versatile input towards the whole outfit and their constant bouncing along with movement makes them resonate a sort of cherubic presence.
The diverse range of earrings available in the form of pearl, gold, silver and other lightweight metals make them an accessory that we can pair with almost any traditional wear.
The writer recommends Kundan Meenakari Jhumkas by Indya features enamel to be the perfect fit for your Diwali look.
- Oxidised Necklaces, Choker Sets
Along with the impact of the earrings, the neckline is another part that attracts attention right from the first impression itself, this makes the need of having an effervescent necklace or a choker a necessity while carrying out an innovative and distinct traditional look.
While much less luminous and shady as compared to pure silver jewellery, Oxidised silver designs are much more exotic in their appeal.
Made when sterling silver is exposed to Sulphur and other gases with the resultant material having a darker, lustier and antique-like appearance, the literal uniqueness and aura associated with these necklaces make them distinguished from all other traditional forms of jewellery.
Not only are they an edgier and funkier replacement, but they are also way less expensive than ordinary necklaces. Another significant aspect is the literal ease with which they can blend in with all the other accessories and attires, making them a must-have whatever the situation.
- Gold plated Maang Tikkas
An irreplaceable accessory to complete the look. As we mentioned Jhumkas and necklaces, The Pearl based Maang Tikka is very much necessary to compliment the look of both of these above-mentioned accessories to give an overall appeal that cannot be matched on the occasion of Diwali.
A striking feature that can turn eyes, the Maang Tikka is a forehead based accessory similar to a head harness that can completely enhance the glow present in the overall outfit.
Also known as a Matha Patti, these tiny and delicate trinkets gleam brightly under the lights providing a rich and sophisticated look for the wearer.
Their diversely prolific varieties including pearl maang tikkas, Rajasthani Borla amongst many others make them an accessory that is widely available across the country. The latest Kundan and Pearl layered Maang tikka collection from Ajnaajewels.com is a must-have that fits all the bills for Diwali.
- Shararas and Gararas
While technically not an accessory, they are instead outfits that can become a revolutionary choice against the usual salwars and anarkalis.
Staying true to the traditional poise of both these historical attires, the Shararas and Gararas can incorporate a much wider and diverse design palette that can be easily adaptable whatever the occasion.
Depending on the look you want to go for, you can choose between the two. If you are going for a more elegant and easygoing look you can try fabric oriented shararas, while if you are looking for a much sleeker and sophisticated look then gararas are the way to go.
Considering the need to stand out in Diwali, they can prove to be very vibrant apparel that blends well with a big pair of jhumka earrings, nude make-up, pearl based Maang Tikkas and an elegant and wavy hairstyle.
These work well with a diverse range of shades including lime green, rose gold and traditional peach which can be matched with a simple styled Juti.
Also, if you are in the mood to experiment, these innovative apparel can be mixed with an Indo western twist by pairing them with a traditional blazer or a stylish Kurti. This Diwali or the next, Shararas and Gararas will never go out of style.
- Designer Bangles and Payals
Nothing is more joyous than seeing a handful of colourful bangles and anklets filled with shiny little jingles. Such a look is pretty common with traditional attires and should without a doubt be adopted for the Diwali clad outfit as well.
These bangles should be matching in colour with the overall attire and must highlight the hands to provide a luminous glow. A wide range of bangle designs from gold plated pearl designs, Glass, Metals and even the Rajasthani Lac designs can be selected according to their preference and can greatly help provide an edgier outlook.
As for the Payals, these little shiny pieces of jewellery are often ignored for their lack of visibility, yet their presence marks a touch of innocence and appeal for the wearer.
The chiming sound of the ghunghroo as well their effortless blending with the overall outlook make them a popular style statement for traditional celebrations. Choose these anklets based on how well they match with the other accessories such as the Toering, Mehndi, Silk pattern etc.
Nowadays there are a lot of options when it comes to our feet and their overall outlook. From poise heels to laced sandals with matching outfits and even dynamic boots with a plethora of colour schemes, the options just keep on increasing each year.
Yet, no matter how many more come and go, classic hand-crafted Jutis never go out of style. These flat soled accessories present a blend of rich heritage and exasperating designs in their unique styles and varieties and do not compromise on comfort or aesthetic appeal in any manner.
From a diverse palette that fits the bill whatever the occasion, their embroidered designs and varieties can match any style or outfit statement.
With a wide array to choose from in the form of embroidered light shaded Jutis, Leather Jutis, Rajasthani Jutis and Fabric Jutis amongst many others, they are accessories that completely resonate with the merry feeling of Diwali.