Every autumn in the months of September and October Navratri is widely celebrated across India honouring Goddess Durga and the victory of good over evil. The history of Navratri is filled with fascinating legends and myths, one of which says that Goddess Durga is said to have fought the demon Mahishasur for nine days, the final day of which is known as Vijay Dashmi, when the demon was beheaded by her. The word Navratri is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Nava’ that means "nine" and ‘Ratri’ meaning "night" in English. Each of the nine days is dedicated to one of Goddess Durga's nine avatars.
It is a time of religious introspection and fasting for most, but it is also a time of dance and feasting for others. Garba, the festival's most popular dance form, is typically performed around a centrally lit clay lantern called a Garbha Deep or a portrait of the Goddess Shakti, thus honouring Durga and the feminine manifestation of divinity. Garba is performed before Aarti (worshipping ritual), while Dandiya is performed after the Aarti, as a part of the merriment. Dandiya Raas has men and women in two circles, dancing to the beats of the Dhol (drum) with wooden sticks (dandiya) colliding to produce a uniform sound. The sticks (dandiyas) used in the dance represent a sword. The dance form is a mock fight between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura, the mighty demon-king.
Make this Navratri Special with something from our Utsav Collection!
Black Kurti and printed skirt.
Welcome the dancing season in this stunning cotton flax kurta. A faux mirror lace detail makes a strong impact against black and heightens the neckline and sleeves. The wide open V neck and high slits make this kurta ideal for new beginnings.
Pair it with a tonal printed skirt with five layers, for a modern take on a traditional silhouette.
Complete your ensemble with a Sanganeri booti dupatta in soft chiffon, edged with wafer thin silver discs. For a change the dupatta can be draped like an odhana by tucking one end at the waist to go over the shoulder like a saree.
Silver or oxidised jewellery and a pair of colourful jootis will make this the best part of your festive wardrobe.
Brown Kurti and Long Skirt.
Make your festival style come alive with our take on the traditional choli.
A notch neck with an assortment of gota details in gold and silver look stunning on chocolate brown. Similarly embellished sleeves take this to another level of sophistication.
This voluminous long skirt with 32 panels is ideal for an evening of dancing and fun.
An orange band with twinkling gota is neatly stitched to add a pop of colour to the tonal print. Do take a moment to appreciate the drawstring with little beads and tassels which have been specially crafted by our ladies.
The traditional dupatta has been given a twist by adding a printed panel at both ends. Edged with gota, this will certainly earn you compliments.
We suggest you wear flowers in your hair and carry a mirror work 'batua' to look even lovelier.
Blue embroidered blouse and ghagra.
This cool blue 'kanchli' (top) comes with a modern twist, just for Navratri.
Sleeveless and adorned with sequins and striped diagonal bands, it is a gentle nod to the original Banjara kanchli.
A colour coordinated skirt with layers of big and small bootas and bootis, it is beautifully contrasted with silver gota all the way to the ankles.The mix of vintage motifs and classic stripes create an easy to wear ghagra for dancing or just feeling graceful. The adjustable drawstring is finished with a cute tassle handcrafted with thread and beads.
Tonal blue stripes interspersed with scattered silver stars create a deep blue sky in chiffon. Silver gota at the edges gives this odhani a beauty of its own.
Oxidised silver jewellery and thick silver payals will highlight the black blue shades in the outfit.
Handcrafted straight cut cotton kurta.
Ideal for new beginnings, this kurta is a classic pick for the festive season.
The tonal colour palette is offset by the sequin motifs and zardosi pattis on the yoke and sleeves. High side slits make it perfect to be worn with palazzos.
Dyed sea green palazzos flare out dramatically from the waist and are fashionable yet comfortableInterestingly, wide leg trousers flatter all body types and create a sophisticated silhouette. Palazzos have never gone out of fashion but are constantly being reworked to become a versatile garment.
Tonal kota doria dupatta is soft and gorgeous. The printed magzi edges, highlighted with golden zardosi lace elevate this to a different level of elegance.
Pink sleeveless kurti and palazzos.
This knee length sleeveless kurti delivers on both style and comfort.
A wide scooped neckline, edged with golden sequins and the tiniest of beads is offset by a gold band of gota at the hem. Little golden stars are scattered all over the two tone pink stripes. The finale is the stylish scooped back with tie-up strings to bring out the bold you. Team with denims or palazzos.
Printed monochromatic palazzos with just a hint of gold gota at the hem, it is a vision in pink. This sets the tone for effortless styling when worn with a kurti.
Soft pink chiffon stripes dupatta, highlighted with golden gota edges, transports you to feel relaxed and sophisticated. Dainty gold flowers strewn across the fabric gives it a dreamy look.