Promila Kanya
Old is really gold and not only because things of the past hold more charm, but also because they evoke nostalgia and contain many memories. In the fashion world, antiques seem to make comebacks every five to ten years and from jewelries to clothes, everyone goes for the ancient designs. From Mughal inspired floral clothes to high-neck chokers, the year 2018 was all about bringing back the glory days of the Kings and Queens. Designer Sabyasachi’s entire collection this year seemed to be mostly about darkened kohl around the eyes, heavy jewelries, sleek buns and nude but glittering make-up. Rust gold, wine red were also seen widely in his designs. With that being said, in Bangladesh too, women are opting for the traditional silk or Benarasi sarees and statement jewelry pieces.
One might wonder how to incorporate antiques as everyday accessories. You don’t always have to wear your hair in a braid and use flowers, not for work at least! However, a side braid with a long dupatta and small jhumkas and a tip on the forehead actually gives off a nice 70s vibe. You can easily use silver nose pins with antique designs which are available online and also in many shops, the designs are bold and vibrant (I particularly liked one which was shaped like a coiled snake, also available in online shops). A leather purse used by your grandmother can be polished and used again, good quality leather goods last a life time. Same goes for an old watch, you can clean and reuse.
Don’t throw away your grandmother’s or mother’s old sarees, they look great in a lot of occasions if you can team them up with other accessories. Silks and georgettes from the 60s and 70s look great with modern blouses.
Antique furniture is always beautiful, especially the almiras or king-sized beds which often have intricate designs like tigers, roses or even fished carved at the bottom or on the legs. Since the wood quality is usually really good, once these old pieces are lacquer polished, they look great even in a modern atmosphere. You can turn an ancient shinduk (case or chest) into a table.