Traditional jewellery has evolved over time and making a statement with bold choices is the new mandate. A lot of brides have been flaunting fun and quirky gota jewellery for one of their wedding functions for a while now. Bridesmaids are catching up too, opting for gota jewellery as they are lightweight which make them a viable option. Here are a few ideas for inspiration.
Choose your options well
The key to flaunting gota jewelry depends on what ensemble you choose to wear. If you are going for a saree, try matha pattis or stud-earrings. Since you will also be handling your saree pallu, a long necklace might become unmanageable. For a Lehenga with an off-shoulder choli, you can opt for a layered necklace traditionally known as 'satlada' or a choker that has been the rage for a while now.
The trick is to use jewellery that completes your look, giving it the right finishing touch. Opt for a color that creates an admirable contrast. Pair gold with warm colors like red and pinks, while cooler hues like blues look better with silver.
A 'head'y story
Indian designers have brought back matha-pattis, oversized maang-tikkas, and even passas. Depending on the outfit and your hairstyle, choose a head accessory that you can carry with ease for the occasion. A maang-tikka can be worn with a mid-part hairstyle as well as a back-combed, half tied hairstyle. For a passa, go for side part or a whimsy side braid. Matha pattis tend to look slightly extravagant, so make sure you keep your hairstyle simple.
The resurgence of 90s fashion has brought back chokers which have gradually trickled to ethnic jewelry as well. Gota chokers are a great style to flaunt with sweetheart /deep necklines. You can also layer it with a longer neckpiece for a maharani-look. A lot of bridesmaids also coordinate their neck pieces for Mehendi functions to flaunt a very desi, girl-gang vibe. Gota jewelry is also easy to make if you want a customized, special piece for the wedding where you can add pom-poms, beads and ghungroos.
Bracelets and bangles
These two accessories are very popular as Mehendi giveaways so you might want to wear them on other occasions. You can experiment by stacking them in bunches or pairing different colours together. Tassels are another detail can be added to the bangles.
Bracelets also come with haath phools, but one has to pare it down or it can look too over the top. Go for a single ring haath-phool with a floral ring that will compliment your henna design.
Bollywood has made chandelier earrings a mainstay in recent times. A pair of gota earrings is a long time investment as it is easy to pair with any attire. Jhumka earrings are a classic, you can pair it salwar kameez, sarees, and lehengas. Same goes for chandbalis. If you tend to take the road less taken, go for layered hoop earrings, dangling tassels or floral designs; the options are endless.
Experimenting with traditions is the new ground rule for weddings these days. Once you embrace it, a sea of new ideas come crashing in and you will never shy away from hopping on a new trend. Gota-patti is an age-old technique that has been revived and will continue its reign in the ethnic-wear market. Opting for jewelry that is made with gotta seems to be a very obvious choice looking at its popularity.
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