Turbaned Splendor

by Suneet Varma

A simple yard of fabric that chronicles the nostalgia of the days of Rajputana and extravagance within its every fold, the turban is one such accessory that has been a fascination for decades as the bespoke emblem of royalty.

And when it comes to luxury weddings, this head drape plays a perfect soulmate to the regal bandhgala and embroidered shervani or an achkan. From the runways of Jean Paul Gaultier who was enamoured by its royal connect and presented it in his 2013 collection to the offerings of resident cult couturiers of India, turban has been the muse to many.

Be it tanchoi or the lush masuria malmals from Banaras, the fabrics too have come a long way from their usual chola and bandhini prints.

A pure white silk drape forked with a piece of heirloom jewelry (traditionally a diamonds and rubies encrusted brooch, sarpech or a feather kalgi) is another trend that’s been courting the Indian grooms. A sequins encrusted sheath of fabric can weave glamour into this head dress. Experimenting with different drapes like Rajputana with a front turra, to the more traditional - Marwari drape embellished with gems, beads, brocade and raw silk patti connects the groom to tradition. Following closely on heels is a traditional Jodhpuri saafa with a cloth trail in the front paired up with a feather kalgi.

So soak in the air of extravagance with this yard of turbaned splendour.

One of India’s foremost couturiers, Suneet Varma has dressed a host of Bollywood and Hollywood beauties. Varma’s work epitomises meticulous craftsmanship, glamour and sophistication.

Suneet can further be reached at
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