The Divine and Purest Bond of Love and Protection – Raksha Bandhan

What comes to your mind when you hear the word Raksha Bandhan?
A little deep speculation will actually make you realize the essence of this beautiful relationship. The beauty of the bond starts budding in the very childhood and the special moments that Bhai-Behan share is incredible. It is usually said that blood is thicker than water. And, the saying couldn’t be truer when it comes to the bond of brother and sister.
Yes, it’s that part of the year when our televisions are filled with the advertisements of chocolates. Why just chocolates, but? WE WANT MORE!!

Let’s now have a glimpse on how it all started, The Legends, Myths and some historical Sources of Raksha Bandhan –
Numerous legends are linked with this festival that speaks about the eternal bond of love between sisters and brothers.

One of the most popular myths which is credited with this festival is that of Draupadi and Lord Krishna. Draupadi (wife of Pandavas), once tore a strip from her saree and tied around the wrist of Lord Krishna. She did so to stop the blood from the injury of Lord Krishna after returning from war. Lord Krishna was very pleased with her action told her that he is indebted to her, and will repay her kind act when she needs him and promised to defend her from all odds.
Thus, the festival of Rakhi is also about the trust that a sister shows with his brother.

This day being a culturally significant one, women take additional efforts for selecting their festive wardrobe. The dress code followed for this day usually revolves around ethnic wear like suits, indo-western dresses and these days, even tunics and other fusion wear silhouettes. Keeping the current trends in mind, we have some smart outfit ideas –

Basic Suit/ Kurti I don’t think we women will ever be able to get over these basics. The sober-ness and majestic appeal of these basics are definitely drool-worthy and these are here to stay for a long time! Just add some minimal jewelry and you are good to go!

Maxi-dresses/TunicsDoes handling the dupatta drain your mood, too? Con-temporizing the top garment of salwar suits, these days, kurtis and tunics, without side slits have hit the market as independent outfits which can be worn like a complete dress. Asymmetrical hemlines, back cut-outs, flared or cold-shoulder sleeves, collar details; your options just don’t end there. PHEW!! Indian ethnic wear has a smart solution to all of these issues!

Layered Outfits Whether it’s a huge family gathering or a quiet Rakhi ritual followed at home, showing off your fashion skills never hurts! Follow the trend of layers; add a jacket, scarf or a poncho to your Crop top- skirt set or a tunic. From subtle and elegant to vibrant and quirky, layering allows endless wardrobe innovations.
Just go twinning with your handsome brother by adding coordinated layers over your plain outfits! Mix-And-Match, ladies!

Indo-Western – Time to go around with a little fusion! Relatively new and are fast catching up with ethnic fashionistas all over the world. 

Flared Bottom Silhouettes – A heavy palazzo suit or an embroidered sharara suit will stylishly match up with the mood for a family gathering. A few pieces of ethnic jewelry and a statement hair accessory to go with it and you’ll be moving around like an Indi-fashion goddess!

No Indian Festival is complete without good looks, good looks and good looks! There’s no doubt sisters would own it up with their looks! *wink*
That sums up a few ideas and now it’s time to head over to the online sites and get-set-go with the puja thali with a diya, some flowers and sweets (How can you even forget that aroma of Jalebi or kheer or malpua? The list is literally endless!!) in your hand. It’s the time to get pampered..YAYIE!!
So, bhaiyas... this year, in return for our awesome love and protection, we want pressies! *Twinkling Eyes*
Happy Raksha Bandhan, girls and boys! Cheers to an amazing bond of siblinghood and hum along *Bhaiya mere rakhi ke bandhan ko nibhana*
And Don't forget to check out our Fusion X collection this festive season.

Sakshi Jain 

A globetrotter and a fashion enthusiast by heart and a wordsmith by profession!