Gamcha is a traditional cotton towel used in various parts of India, Bangladesh, and other South and Southeast Asian countries. The material is thin and coarse, and is mostly used by men as towels, scarves, and dhotis. It is commonly available in red, orange and green checks and stripes. Gamcha sarees are not just beautiful, but really comfortable too. These days they are available in a lot more shades, including pink, yellow, black, etc.
I got my first ever Gamcha saree from Happy Pique. A brand based in Chennai, they have everything ranging from accessories to sarees, blouse/salwar fabrics to skirts. ‘Happy Pique’ means happily started out of interest or curiosity. They stand for Indian tradition and fashion. The founder, Akshaya, shares her beautiful journey on her website. She started curating jewelry during her UG days. She just knew she had to start her own business, but little did she know about the financial aspects involved in setting up a business. With the help of her parents and friends she slowly started working towards her dream. Post UG she joined Amazon, and nine months into the job she realised she wanted to give all her time to her own business. She quit her job and started working on making her website better. That meant reading a lot of books and blogs on coding and on customising websites. She took almost two months to create a website that she was happy with. She wanted to do everything on her own, from website developing to marketing, as the business was her baby. Do check out her entire collection here, or on their FB/instagram pages.
Here is how I styled my first Gamcha saree 🙂
About the look : I have mostly seen Gamcha sarees in red being paired with a black or red blouse. I wanted to bring in a new colour, so I wore the blue-green blouse from my previous post. I skipped wearing earrings, and chose a silver choker necklace and a silver ring with white stone. I wore a big bindi to complete my look.
Do you like the look? How would you style a Gamcha saree and which colour would you prefer? Do let us know your thoughts 🙂 And if you would like to buy a similar saree, you know what to do 😉
Photos by : Nikhil Babu Thomas