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Traditional Haul ~ JAINSEM

I was in my hometown, Shillong, in July, and I bought these traditional pieces last minute - meaning: the day before leaving. So, they're not even completely stitched yet - the hemlines need to be embroidered and scalloped and whatnot (see on the yellow floral one in the pics below).

Our traditional attire (what sarees are to some of you), is called 'Jainsem'. 
'Jain' means cloth, 'sem' means drape. Both words are Khasi language.

How We Wear It: There's 2 pieces of square fabric, which you drape over each other; each going from under the arms and pinned at the opposite shoulders. Gosh, I hope I explained that alright. 
Please google it, if I confused you.

Pins for securing each piece of the Jainsems.

I also got these lace stoles that are embellished with pearls + pink tartan shawl - tartan shawls are also a big part of our traditional outfits. 
*The 2nd peachy watercolour one next to the yellow lace stole was gifted by my cousin sis.

I want to wear some of these pins as brooches on my neck ties ;)

When it comes to my own traditional trends, I no longer knew/know what's in, what's out, what's "common" - Common is the most unfortunate thing that could happen to a clothing item in small towns.

That's only because I haven't lived there for so long.
Hopefully, that will change when I start wearing them more often - here in the city too. 

When I went to buy them, I had only 2 things in mind - Florals & Bright Colours.

Whenever I do wear them, will post here or on my Instagram.


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