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Noor was a writer with Conde Nast Traveller magazine for 5 enjoyable years where she was fortunate enough to combine her two biggest passions travel and writing. . She recently ended her term there and intends to freelance as a travel writer and also produce content of her own. She loves reading, movies and is very passionate about food both cooking and eating !
“My first foray into Indian craft and textile was the year before my wedding when I was building my trousseau. It was the first time in my life that I was investing a significant sum of money into my wardrobe so I gave it some thought. I’d always been fascinated with all the various fabrics and work available in India and decided to start a collection of different saris from different parts of the country. My mother in law was delighted with this idea and helped me build this collection: we commissioned a Parsi Gaara sari, bought silks from the South, Benarsis from the North, chikankari, mokash, she even ordered a Chantilly lace sari from Dubai and a gota dupatta from Jaipur. Today I think that was the best decision ever because I have a great number of classics in my wardrobe that will always look good despite current trends.
Over the years, I’ve added to this collection during my travels but it was a work related project that took my interest to the next level. For Conde Nast Traveller’s 5th anniversary issue I had to write a story about Indian fashion. During my research, I stumbled upon a whole crew of young, modern Indian designers who were using traditional techniques to make contemporary fashion and decided to write a story about them; it was called “Made in India.” It is because of this story that I’m now building my western wardrobe similar to my trousseau and one by one investing in pieces that have passed through artisan hands and have a story behind them. ”
“I love chikankari in various forms and can wear it on almost anything– a shirt, kurta or sari.The thing with Lucknowi chikan is that you need to find the right person to dye the fabric where the base catches colour but the work remains white/silver; I found someone in Marine line who is able to do this for me. Ikat happens to be one of my favourite weaves and I love it’s colorful variants.I also like the metal work done in Pakistan which is sold by the kilogram.”
This particular piece has a base of soft cotton and is from Neemrana, one of the myriad Lucknowi shops in Mumbai that my mother and I have been buying from for over a decade (the original being Ahilaya at Santacruz station). Paired with Deco Mirror Cascade Earrings .
” My first and most inspiring style icon is my mother. She is way more experimental than me and carries off her fashion choices with such ease.I’m so used to seeing her receive constant compliments no matter what she wears. Image a woman in a silk sari, low bun and a paisley nose pin– that’s her. ”
Designer Naushad Ali works with weavers from all over the country from Pochampally to West bengal and develops his own fabrics. I first saw his dresses in Jaipur and was enamoured by his simple aesthetic. I finally bought this one last year from in Goa. Paired with a beautiful neck piece that was gifted to me by Ron Dutta and a Nepali silver and bone kada I bought from Jaipur.
” It was this LBD with an Indian twist that caught my eye. Made from a cotton and zari sari from Mangalagiri in Andhra Pradesh, this wrap dress always gets me compliments when worn. Neckpiece is a satlada inspired chain. “
I love Ikat with a passion and have to often restrain myself from buying too much of it but this dress was simply irresistible! I was looking for a dress to wear to a brunch party and this fit the bill perfectly. One of the current favourites in my wardrobe. Earrings are from a casual brand Voylla
This vintage sari actually belongs to my mother in law who has a fantastic collection which she has preserved from her own trousseau and through the years. This cream and gold Benarsi saree has sucha (real silver) embroidery and some sequence to add the glam factor. The earrings are from Kolkata based Narayan Sinha .
Noor’s choice of clothes for the following :
After work dinner/ party: Well fitting jeans and an LBT (little black top)
A friend’s wedding: mokash sari
Brunch with friends: happy summer dress
Noor’s life mantra to live by – “Live meaningfully and close to the earth, make a difference to a few people’s lives, travel to make my mind explode, write about things close to my heart, love, laugh and not worry too much about the things we tend to worry about. Ultimately it’s the things listed above that matter most. ”
Noor it was lovely to have you on Peacocks in the rain . Wishing you lots of luck for life’s new ventures . May your personal collection of Indian craft and textiles supersede your travels
May you continue to look as lovely , gorgeous and happy and even more than this picture below.