Lehenga: c/o Indus Threads
Hand cuff: Forever 21
I think we all have a weak moment when we set our eyes on an amazing designer piece; that embodies beauty, elegance and royalty. When we glance at the intricate work, read about the inspiration and listen to the story behind each piece, we can’t help but bow down with admiration to the designer- the visualizer and the skilled craftsmen that work behind the scenes. South asian outfits/patterns are by itself so beautiful that with a Midas touch of a designer it becomes an art that comes alive. When we lay our eyes on a beautiful designer lehenga, we don’t just admire it and wish we could own it but we get transported into a different world. We start imagining the beautiful process of wearing the exquisite piece and having our own twirl moment and as we twirl, the sequins shimmer their way up and end up as a twinkle in our eyes! Not too soon we’re pushed back into reality when we hear of the exorbitant prices of each piece and let’s be real not all of us can afford to splurge such an amount on one outfit. Now to preserve the safe and the moolah in it Sumaira Nabeel- an entrepreneur, has introduced Indus Threads for our rescue. Indus Threads is a rental boutique based out of California that carries beautiful Indian and Pakistani designer pieces for south asians living in United States/Canada at affordable prices! Sumaira also claims that she now gets many non south asian clients too that love these designs/outfits and opt them for south asian/non south asian events!
Indus Threads carries designer names from India and Pakistan like, Astha Narang, Sabyasachi, Nikhil Thampi, Satya Paul and Nida Azwer to name a few. Sumaira Nabeel, the founder has an impressive sense of style which has helped a great deal in picking the right outfits for Indus Threads. She has rightly identified the need of the hour especially in a foreign country when south asians go crazy hunting for ethnic wear when its most needed. What’s interesting about this kind of a set up is that you can easily rent an outfit (reserve it for 4 days), make the dream of slipping into your favorite designer’s piece come true, feel fabulous, own the moment and return once done. This way you’d avoid stocking up your wardrobe with a line of ethnic sarees, anarkalis and lehengas that would eventually collect dust after being worn a few times. You can save yourself from splurging and also avoid repeating the same outfit twice. A rental set up comes with it’s own client concerns and major one being the hygiene factor. Hence Indus Threads makes sure it gives hygiene the highest priority, so every piece is dry cleaned, ironed and folded neatly in a cardboard box and delivered to your door step. Indus threads acknowledges that each of us come in different shapes and sizes, so they’ve tweaked the outfits slightly to accommodate the highly variant factor making sure no-one is disappointed. So incase you want to attend a friends wedding on a short notice or a bollywood party, a sangeet, a cocktail party or just want to make heads turn at an event then Indus Threads is your answer. Sumaira Nabeel, the owner also shares that some clients wanted to drop in and take a look at the outfits before booking. Some clients also wanted assistance in choosing an outfit perfect for a particular event. So Indus Threads introduced an online stylist helpline and a drop in option if you’re located in the same city.
Indus Threads sent me a beautiful pastel peachy pink colored lehenga by Astha Narang and it was nothing short of perfect. The lehenga was covered with intricate sequin work and it looked like a pink sky full of twinkling stars. It felt amazing to wear a designer’s outfit who’s work you admire and are in awe of! Astha Narang’s collection is a line of very simple, elegant yet making a bold statement pieces dominated by beautiful pastel shades. I was beaming with happiness and couldn’t stop flashing my wide smile for the short amount of time I got to wear this lehenga and wished I could keep twirling, even if that meant feeling dizzy! Thank you Indus threads, I finally had my ‘twirling in my lehenga’ moment and I couldn’t have asked for a better deal!
I hope you enjoyed reading, thanks for stopping by. Have a great week ahead!
Photography: Vaishali Gupta
Styling and Editing: Swati Dixit