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Ethnic chic

Jazz up your wardrobe with an Indian touch. Yamini Dhyani on the seven wonders of Indian fashion.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2008 04:44 PM IST

Zardosi work: A rich variant of embroidery, it sees an extensive use of silver and golden threads. The Mughals introduced zardosi to India.

Designer Abhishek Dutta swears by it, saying that it has made an impact on the international fashion circuit as well. Apart from bridal and ethnic wear, zardosi also livens up loungewear.

Kolhapuri chappals: They're handcrafted leather san dals from Kolhapur and help make style statements. Designer Payal Singhal says that kolhapuris are now counted as footwear essentials world over.

Mirror work: Mirror work has been a dominant art form of our country. Be it patchwork on cholis or in designer bridal wear collections. Designer Swap nil Shinde says that mirror work has got a makeover. "Now, paisley mirrors are used in geo metric motifs. They enhance a neckline like no other," says Shinde.

Floral motifs: Flowers like lotus and marigold are an integral part of Indian culture. They are now being used as patterns on saris and dresses. Designer Shaina NC believes that floral motifs will never go out of style. BANGLES: From plain glass bangles to lac kadas and modern wooden ban gles, they can be combined with traditional Indian wear and western wear to create a fusion look. Payal Singhal says that bangles add a splash of colour to every outfit.

Tie and dye: Eliza beth Hurley couldn't resist splashing on a pink bandhni sari. The bandhej and laheriya designs are an all time favourite classic. Shinde recommends bandhni tunic tops.

Bindi: "It's a statement in itself," says Payal Sing hal. Liz Hurley flaunts it and we cannot imagine theatre personality Dolly Thakore without it.

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