Mardana kurtay, zanana style

Yearssss ago, I walked into Kurta Corner with my mother to buy eid kurtay for the boys at home. Except for sherwanis, I don’t think any of them have bothered buying their own kurtay. This is around the time Indian chikankari kurtay for men had just been introduced and I found myself gazing at one (probably drooling, because very few things are better than white chikankari).

I believe it was my mother who opened this can of worms for me. It was something as simple as, “Aap ko chahye?” which made me wonder what was stopping me from actually wearing it. And that is the extremely short story of getting into my first mardaana kurta.

Very little of the kurta shows but you can tell. Also, some days I skip ironing my pants as is quite obvious.

I loved it so much so that when the blinding white became pale and no amount of neel or dry cleaning could save it, I got it dyed in pink. #paisawasool

I have another one which is basically a hand-me-down from Shoaib. The sleeves are too short on him somehow and now I wear it. It’s a plain off-white kurta. Quite boring, not at all photogenic.

The urge to buy mardaana kurtay washed over me once again when my mother and I strolled into Thredz last month to buy kurtay for my dad. While my mother was trying to recall the colours my dad may or may not have, I ventured towards the shelf sporting the marvel pictured below.

I stopped dead in my tracks.

How do you not get seduced by this?

If that ‘come hither’ colour coded shelf doesn’t entice you, stop reading and go away.

I didn’t buy anything then because I wanted to sleep on it (a really handy self-control exercise that jazbati khawateen like me need to practice).  Waited for a couple of days but the desire to get one of those vibrant kurtas was going nowhere.

Fare thee well. For now.

For some reason the racks at the Dolmen Clifton branch lack…. energy? I was almost heartbroken before I accidentally glanced over to the boys’ section. I had taken a zanana kurta of mine along to measure the shoulders and bust for a better fit match. I didn’t want to risk the embarrassment of asking if I could try on a boy’s kurta only to be told, “No, go away, creepy lady.”

Tip number 1. If you’re petite, check out the boys’ section. I am not petite and a bachkana 28 fits me brilliantly on the shoulders.

The attendant, who was probably new, was already judging me. I could see it in his eyes. The second uncle who salvaged the situation was familiar with the crazy (is it?) notion of khawateen buying mardana kurtay for themselves. He genuinely helped me out.

Enough jibber-jabber. Look!

I’m not saying I’m a style maven but I think streamlined gharara and kolapuris just bring everything together.

The colour, the fabric! ❤

The self print is so frikkin nice; I want a cotton saree in this fabric!

I experimented with one kurta.  And after the success of this one, I finally found time to buy more.

Tip number 2: If you’re in Defense, go to the Khayaban-e-Nishat branch which serves as their warehouse as well. SO MANY OPTIONS! They have colour coded stacks with one pattern never repeating itself. WOAH.

There’s plenty more folded and stacked on the other side, and then a hundred more hanging. I’ll be honest, the plethora of options also confuses you.

Thredz ke mardana kurtay are like Pokemon. Gotta catch ’em all. But I shortlisted a hundred options down to three.

Shoaib was a little stunned to see this be designed for men but loved it for me. Very banarsi-ish, but jacquard.



“You look like a little boy!” – my Khawand

This purple one I adore! The self-print makes tiny polka dots on the fabric and it is just undisputedly cute. Very lightweight material as well. I decided to bring out my patterned gharara for this and Shoaib decided to tell me how to pose. One of this was a bad decision.

“Aisay khari hon.”

You know how they say mix and match patterns? These are my versions of it.

And the last kurta of this episode is this mint green wonder. How are they not making zanana kurtay in this fabric?! Oh well, clearly doesn’t matter.

There’s something about this kurta, it fits the best.
Random, myterious dhabba. Idiot.

Tip number 3! Thredz offers alterations. In case you have your heart set out on a kurta that isn’t in your size, you always have the option of getting it altered. Imagine the possibilities!

You can always switch up the look with scarves, dupattay and shawls (hello, winds of change) but a plain kurta can be so much more with an interesting pair of pants or a plain gharara.

I urge you to try at least one kurta. The boys’ one is around 2500 (with complementary shalwar) and the adult’s is around 3000 (sans shalwar). Try it.


*continues to whisper like a dheet*

PS: Iffff you do get one (or more), I’d love to know your jazbaat about it and how you styled it! 😀

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