Checked Saree

Plaid saris are hot this season, but aren’t these Tolly ladies hotter? Here’s what they have to say about their latest fashion crush.

Like all things retro, the plaid or chequered pattern is back with a bang, with the crisscrossing lines accentuating feminine curves right from college campuses to ramps. And going by this year’s Puja fashion trends, Kolkata has gone the whole six yards to embrace the trend.
“Even Kanjivaram and Benarasi saris are using this pattern. There are Benarasis with inch thick chequered borders that look like Gharcholas – the traditional saris of Gujarat,” said Kavita Samsukha, the owner of a chain of sari shops. Vinay Manglani, owner of another sari store in New Market, said, “Medium multi-coloured checks are a rage. The pattern has even made its way into the wedding trousseau of Bengali brides.”

Designer Bibi Russell, who started experimenting with checks when these were just patterns on rural Bengal’s gamchas and lungis, said, “In a way, the lungi and gamcha checks have inspired the mainstream fashion scene, with large checks giving way to medium ones in recent times.” Later, after Sabyasachi incorporated checks in his oeuvre and Vidya Balan and Rani Mukherjee made plaid saris their trademark, our Tollywood celebrities jumped on the bandwagon.

In fact, we spotted several Tollywood celebrities wrapping themselves up in checks. While Rituparna brought in a mix of tradition and trend with a black and white check sari for Lakshmi Puja at her home, Gargee RoyChowdhury pledged her love for the pattern while out Puja shopping with CT. Check out these Tolly beauties who seem to have checked all the right boxes when it comes to draping themselves in style!