By Tarun Tahiliani
It’s been around since the days of the Raj, and its evolution from utility to luxury
has been a fascinating one. From a simple waist belt to hold a sword, the kamarbandh
went to being an integral part of regal Indian attire. Lately the kamarbandh has
been infused with new life with more and more grooms opting for it to round off
immaculately detailed wedding outfits.
And its modern avatar is as ornate as it is striking. Often embellished with Swarovski
crystals and rhinestones, and created from fabrics like raw silk or pure malmal,
this waist-band has added style and oomph to the groom’s attire. Raj Kundra opted
for the maharaja look with the kamarbandh taking centre stage in his ensemble at
his wedding to Shilpa Shetty. Whether it’s a ghera anarkali or a slick, long achkan,
the kamarbandh provides just the right finishing touch to a perfectly decadent wedding
It’s very malleable too, and lends itself to a slick customisable styling. Use it
as an embroidered leather belt with a piece of heirloom jewellery or a jewelled
brooch replacing the buckle in the centre. The kamarbandh can also be matched with
the turban for a seamlessly coordinated look. In addition, the clinched waist gives
detail to the body structure, enhancing the silhouette and bringing the eternal
classic back in vogue for the wedding day.
The undisputed king of Indian couture, Tarun Tahiliani is known for his penchant for elaborate drapes, layered styles and innovative silhouettes. His fashion house uses traditional Indian techniques and combines them with a western notion of cut, construct, fit and finish. The designer is single-handedly credited with re-inventing long neglected drapes and getting many traditional accessories back to the spotlight – the kamarbandh among them.
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