We’ve grown up watching the women in our lives wearing the mekhela so effortlessly, either in the traditional form or with an uconventional twist. Usually seen as a traditional attire, mekhela has stood the test of time and is still an essential part of our lives today. Thanks to the young women from Northeast India, always looking for innovative ways to ramp up their wardrobe – and most likely, with borrowed inspiration from their mothers. Let’s take a look at how different women style their mekhelas.
Mizo ladies in their traditional mekhelas ‘Puan’ paired with trendy tops and accessories.
Yakching looking lovely in her Naga silk mekhela paired with a white bell-sleeve top, perfect for a day-out.
Valentina in all her elegance, in a pastel toned Naga mekhela, and matching shawl.
Her take on mekhelas : “Although elegant to look at, it requires a skill to be in it all day. It always needs readjusting (especially if it’s made of silk) and one cannot do that openly in public. This is why my mom sews an extra piece of cloth on the sides so that it’s easier to pull it together. That’s how I wear mine with ease. I love how comfortable it is while adding a touch of femininity.”
Arunachali girls of the Nyishi tribe flaunting some serious chic vibes in their traditional mekhela – ‘Gale’.
How pretty does Ilikivi look in a pastel toned short mekhela with a simple sheer top and Naga head gear?!
Keeping it elegantly feminine and fabulous in the Manipuri ‘Phanek’.
What appears like a saree here, is actually a two piece drape called as the ‘Mekhela-Chador’ worn traditionally by the women of Assam. Pretty easy to drape and super elegant.
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