We had some hullabaloo over the dhuti a few years ago — about them not being allowed inside some spaces (like malls). Why anyone would take offence at this beautiful piece of clothing is bewildering. We say bah humbug! Pick up this ethereal piece of clothing from Parama.
This classic Indian garment can be a great alternative to a pair of trousers when going out. It’s perfect for Bengal’s sultry weather — like luscious langda mangoes and afternoon siestas, these dhutis remind us of lazy summer days. Parama’s creations have a distinctive ochre and gold borders with intricate embroidery showcasing some atypical Bengal motifs (like fish and lotuses) and/or geometric patterns. They ship worldwide (free shipping within India).
A bit about the design label, Parama. It is a local brand run by city-based designer Parama Ghosh who is known for her whimsical appliqué and embroidered designs inspired by the world of art, cinema and literature. Her brightly-hued creations have fun motifs like Kolkata’s yellow cabs, rickshaws, raindrops, local flowers like hibiscus, and the Kolkata skyline. She also does home decor stuff like cushion covers with pop motifs, or portraits of artists like Satyajit Ray, and very Bengali stuff like owls.