Good Old Mekhela Gets A Makeover



Fashion, they all say is fickle-minded. It doesn’t stay the same for too long. While this could be a bane at times, at other times, it proves to be a blessing in disguise. As in the case of the famous Assamese attire, mekhela sador.

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For the uninitiated, once draped, a mekehla sador looks very similar to a sari or even the South Indian half sari. Mekhela sador, the way we know it, is what our moms and aunts wear to weddings. Stately, ornate and very lady-like. Not anymore. While mekhela sadors continue to turn every belle into a lady, it has undergone a much needed makeover.


Today, we women like to dress up as per the demands of our lifestyles and individuality. Preferences are made as much on the basis of functionality and comfort, as it is made on the basis of style and glamour quotient. Fortunately for us, these elegant outfits have gone through a gradual but definite transformation. They have what today’s women have – spunk, style and variety.


Mekhela sadors now tend to be much more colourful, flexible in design and open to improvisation. Infact, considering the variety of designs available in the market these days, it wouldn’t be wrong to call this period the renaissance of mekhela sadors.


While there is no dearth of good showrooms and boutiques of young designers at Guwahati where one could buy a mekhela sador, creating something yourself has its own charms. Let’s look at some of the things to be kept in mind in coming up with a unique and trendy version of the attire.


Explore your adventurous side

Don’t balk at trying something new. Give the classic white and regal muga colour a miss. Dual colours are very much in this season. Go for hot pink with beige, yellow with purple, orange with blueberry, maroon with dark blue, etc. You can also make your own fabric motifs or add floral and flock prints if you want something contemporary.


Mix and match

One of the leading trends of the season is that of mixing and matching different fabrics. Try a kesa paat sador with a muga mekhela, go for a chiffon sador with a brocade mekhela, add a bit of banarasi silk to the shining paat. You can also try out digital prints, zari borders, brocade, hand painted fabrics and even the regular georgette or cotton. The idea is to go totally creative.


Go crazy with your blouse

The classic elbow length blouse is back with a bang. But if you are a little more adventurous go for noodle straps or even a halter neck blouse. If your mekhela is on the subtle side, use a brocade fabric for the blouse. You could also invest in a zari or sequin work top which you can team with a number of mekhelasand wear as a top otherwise.


Drape it differently

If you are fed up of the sidha palla and the ulta palla, discover your own way of draping it. Go for a longer blouse with heavy zari work and wear the sador like a dupatta. Alternately, instead of leaving the sador on your shoulder you can drape it on your arm. Wearing a riha in place of the sador also gives you chic and smart look.


All said and done, try to achieve a fine balance between the traditional and contemporary. Be stylish without completely doing away the elegance of the traditional piece.


So ladies, what are you waiting for? Put your creativity together. Get hold of someone who can weave your wonder and watch the world fall at your feet.


Anindita_DasAnindita is the meaning of contradiction. The perfect biryani of extroversion and introversion. Hyper sensitive and lazily hyperactive. A cynic and an idealist. Happy-go-lucky and intense at the same time. An alumnus of IIMC, she is an advertising copywriter but thinks she is capable of doing just about anything else. That’s why she also claims to be an armchair philosopher, a part-time traveller, a full-time dreamer, an amateur photographer, a wannabe artist, an everyday fashionista and an on & off blogger. When she is not dancing to the tune of her clients, she is either dreaming of going on a world tour or writing her bestselling book.