Durga Puja has approached and we have set a complete Bong look for you to carry off with elan. Durga puja is a celebration of good over evil, the good of our soul wins over our evil thoughts and hence, this revelry.
Bengalis have imbibed the tradition of wearing a white sari with red border. The colour red exemplifies the beauty of the Bengali woman. This vibrant color signifies love, passion, happiness, and celebration which is also a reason why it is preferred in the culture. White is the symbol of purity and peace thus, it is used to balance the vibrancy of red.
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Traditional Bengali Look for Durga Puja
The sari is draped around the body with the pallu thrown over the left shoulder from the front. Pleats do not form a part of the Bengali sari. The red border is also combined with gold brocade for ornamentation. Fabrics like Taant and Silk are the favoured fabrics for the sari.
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Bengali Sari & Jewelry For Durga Puja
Gold jewellery is as coveted among Bengalis as in the rest of India. Danglers, bangles and neckpieces specially chokers and strings of gold chains are worn to accessorize the sari. A married woman has to wear ‘pola’ and ‘shakha’ bangles as part of the tradition. The bangles usually have gold work on them.
The red bindi is a significant part of the Bengali custom. Bengali women wear a big red bindi at the centre of their forehead; they also smear sindoor in a big dot between their brows to resemble the bindi. This red dot focuses the attention to their face. A nice way to attract your husband’s attention! Don’t you think!
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Bengali Look – Makeup & Hairstyle
The Bengalis favour a look that highlights their beautiful eyes and golden complexion. Eyes form the mirror to the soul and Bengalis do have a golden heart to spread infinite joy to their surroundings. Thus, they have divine and artistic eyes. A liberal amount of kohl is applied on the eyes to beautify them. The big red bindi excites the whole look.
Bengali women are also known for long, dark hair that cascades up till their lean waist and adds to their sensuality. A shapely pout in crimson or peach enhances the divine features of the Bengali ladies.
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All said and done, if you desire this look then read the following:-
- A Bengali red and white sari is worn in a different drape form with no pleats to tuck at the waist. This sari also comes embroidered in red and white Kantha stitch. The gold brocade in the paar is used to jazz up the borders
- Gold bangles and jhumkas are a must if you are going out to enjoy the puja. A gold pendant or a simple choker can be worn with it
- Wear a big red dot on your forehead to complete this Bengali look
- Apply Kohl to get those attractive eyes
- A crimson pout will add up to your oomph quotient
Bong Tip: Wear this sari for ‘anjali’ on Ashtami morning. You will look graceful while offering your prayers to Ma Durga. Walk gracefully and show-off your Bong-look this Durga puja.
Shubho Durga Pujo to all the readers of Glamcheck!
Model: Kusumika Ghosh
Photography by: Suchetana Sen