The bandhgala was hailed as India’s best fashion export only a few years ago by the nation’s fashion industry. Cut to 2022, when the humble kurta has firmly taken centre stage. The kurta has undergone such a significant metamorphosis in the past two years, with designers from all walks of life reworking and reinterpreting it. Today, the kurta stands for much more than just a piece of traditional clothing; it has developed into a sort of canvas for expression, allowing designers and wearers to champion a variety of causes including East meets West, indigenous handlooms, craftsmanship, and gender fluidity, among many others. Top-tier designers who spoke with us about the kurta and how to wear it share their insights.
How to style a kurta with a sarong
1. A perfect look for a sangeet or mehndi could be a silk sarong or lungi with a Rajasthani or Gujarati bandhani-badhej kurta.
2. Tuck your kurta in at the waist to give it a fun twist.