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Potli Bags: little bundles of embellishment.

From the viewpoint of convenience, every Indian outfit should be complimented with a small bag in which to carry your necessities such as your money, lipstick,mobile phone etc. From the bride herself to others, one such bag which is used very frequently is the much talked about Potli bag.  Usually small in size, these little pouches can be made to match a particular outfit and have the same colors and embroidery or contrasting pieces can be matched and teamed up with your Indian wear for a more varied effect. Rather then carrying a standard designer bag, such pieces also express a certain amount of individuality and sophistication in fashion sensibility. They speak of a woman who has moved beyond labels and is able to marry tradition with style.

Historically, Potli bags have been around in India since the Vedic civilization.  Mentions of these bags have been found in ancient literature and references are to be found in many paintings and artworks as well. Such bags were also used in the Ramayana and Mahabharata period. When Lord Rama went in forest on his exile for fourteen years, his brother Lakshman accompanied him along with a potli bag containing clothes, medicinal leaves, fruits, water and mud of Ayodhya.

In the Mahabharat, Arjuna used a potli bag to hide his weapons in a tree, and the Pandavas carried their personal weapons in such bags during their exile. Sudama was also known to carry a Potli of rice when he went to meet lord Krishna. Massages given with Potlis filled with herbs were famous during the Vedic period, a tradition that continues to be popular even today.

For the modern Indian women, these bags have increased their span of use from merely being a utility to a stylish fashion accessory. Many designer bags can be found made of various materials such as silk, brocade linen, velvet etc. 

The embellishments can range from Gujarat embroideries from Kutch, sequins, Zari, mirror work, beadwork, stonework, Chickankari and Phulkari to and endless list of traditional and modern embroideries. Adornment to the strings in the form of tassels, fringes, shells, pom poms and ghongroo bells further add a look of attention grabbing style to the Potlis. The closure for these bags is traditionally a drawstring, but for the sake of convenience in modern times zips and buttons are added to increase the utility .In Australia and New Zealand, large potli bags are being used as money swag bags.

These swag bags are also used by foot travelers or swagmen for carrying personal belongings especially bedroll.

In some countries, Santa Claus is also portrayed carrying a potli bag (instead of other type of bags) on his shoulder filled with toys and sweets to distribute on Christmas festival.

At Pookaari we have a special section of Potli style bags from various designers such as Aiyana, Karmic Kabira, Plumeria and Seetam. These bags are available in a varied variety of styles and colors to match your ethnic wedding outfits and can later be used with indo-western dresses or beach wear as well.

However you choose to use them, Potli bags are effective was to marry style and convenience in a stylish and memorable fashion.

References for historic and cultural facts: www.articlesbase.com

An article by ShriVyshnavi Annush, written for the Hindu MetroPlus in September, 2014 talking about the trends of the festive season!

Pooja Chic!
Navarathri, Durga Pooja, Dussehra are some of the names given for the 9 days of celebrating the feminine form of the divine. The poojas are all about festivities and spiritual indulgence in different parts of our country. And what better occasion to play dress up than during Navarathri? The best part of living in India is that trends change depending on the festival that is being celebrated, rather than something as mundane as just the weather.
The full length skirt is the chicest trend to sport during the pooja season. Its fun,charming and embodies femininity and therefore very apt for this season. The skirt comes in a myriad of hues and fabrics. Orange, Fuchsia and Tangerine are the colors to be seen in for the pooja season. Pick the crinkled silk ones or the printed cotton ones to wear. Be adventurous and wear the skirt in its trendiest avatar, with a long tunic in a contrasting color and a dupatta. There is something about the skirt that allows you to relive memories of your childhood when you twirled around in your paavadai until you became dizzy or until one of the elders in the family chided you to stop.
When it comes to the accessories that you can pair the skirt with, you are spoiled for choice. Haath phool which literally means “ hand flower” dates back to the Mughal era. Traditionally worn by the bride on her wedding day, haath phools or hand harnesses designed with a contemporary twist, worn on one hand are all the rage now.  Potlis made of hand embroidered nets in various colors with traditional gota work are another hot trend this season. So, the phone that we cant live without, a lipstick and a key bunch can all fit into the versatile potli, our very own Indian version of the little evening bag. Last but not the least, pair the skirt with silver anklets. Ornate or simple, the anklets complete the ensemble. In the end, its much more fun to visit golus and play the gharba with the tinkling and auspicious sound of the anklets.