Kamarbandh Capers

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 ensemble.

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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