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MOTIFS- The Garb beats
Just like our hearts, even our usual turnouts and glad rags have their own rhythm. The heartbeats of our clothes- “The Garb beats,” as I name them- are what we call the Motifs. Repeating certain aesthetic elements to form a pattern, motifs become not just the rhythm, but also form the most important of cells of a lively outfit! They generate a kind of intensely pleasant vibration which makes us feel good and also look flamboyant. Every clothing has its own story to tell; and they speak it through these small aspects! And here are a few of the most widely seen motifs and the connotations they want to voice.
According to Hindu perception, an Elephant is seen as a form of Lord Ganesha, who is said to be the God of luck, fortune, protection and is prayed for the successful accomplishment of all new projects one takes up in life. An Elephant Motif represents strength and power. It adds on to the dignified look one might look forward for. Being a symbol of strong mental faculties, cooperative spirits, loyalty, stability, tenacity and longevity, it gives an intense vibe to the person donning it.
THE MOST popular motif in Indian Traditional wear is the Mango Motif. It symbolizes love, wealth and fertility. It gives a touch of royalty to the person wearing any attire having the mango motif. Spiritually, it represents prosperity and happiness.
A tree, which denotes physical and mental nourishment, transformation, integrity, strength, growth, selflessness, liberation and union, gives a complete feminine feel and emanates strong vibes to the woman adorning it. A tree motif is also commonly found in traditional wears of India.
“Go-Matha,” as we call her, the Cow has a few many reasons for being celebrated next to our own mother. She symbolizes purity and divinity, and refreshes our emotions and self, and adorns us when we sport an outfit holding a Cow motif on it.
The Horse is a Universal symbol of freedom without restraint. It makes us feel that we can free ourselves from our own bindings sometime soon even if not now. In mythology, a horse is seen as an ever present living. It represents independence, freshness and lush.
A lotus symbolizes ultimate perfection. Being the symbol of purity, enlightenment, self- regeneration and rebirth, a Lotus gives a feel of standing out which comes from its unique, wonderful nature of staying clean and still producing the most beautiful of flowers even whilst inside the dirtiest of waters.
The symbol of immortality, courtship and fertility- The Peacock, is again, one of the most commonly sought motifs. Most importantly, it represents fresh energy which comes from the renewal of its feathers every year. Starting from paintings of different ages till the modern rigs, peacock motifs are found everywhere. Especially, when seen in Indian traditional attire, the peacock symbol completes the feminine aspects of the wear.
Leaves symbolize different things in different cultures. But universally they represent a few aspects like hope, revival, growth, plenty, rebirth and fertility. Wearing a dress or draping a saree with a Leaf motif makes us look humble and feel pleasant.
A Yaazhi, having a catlike body, head of a lion, tusks of an elephant, and tail of a serpent, is a mythical creature. They were believed to be more powerful than a lion or a tiger or an elephant. It adds a royal look to the outfit (mostly sarees) too.
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