Madhubani Suit Sets: Mithila's timeless artistry for your summer wardrobe

There are numerous art forms in far corners of India that have been inspiring design and fashion for centuries. Among these, Madhubani stands out as a vivid celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the Mithila region in Bihar. 

Steeped in tradition, Madhubani boasts a rich history. Legend speaks of its origins tracing back to the very footsteps of  Ramayana, where Sita’s father, King Janak commissioned his artists to create a Madhubani painting for her wedding with lord Rama. Each intricate motif, each burst of color of this centuries-old art form tells a fascinating tale – of deities and nature's bounty, of rituals and the rhythm of daily life.

Madhubani, which translates to “forest of honey” is known for its ingenious use of local plants for colors, cow dung for paper treatment, and bamboo sticks as brushes, enhancing both the process and the beauty of the art pieces themselves. Traditionally created by women for auspicious events, these paintings were often lost due to the temporary nature of the medium, until a severe drought prompted the All India Handicrafts Board to encourage women to translate their craft onto more lasting mediums like canvas and fabric. 

Today, Madhubani flourishes on various surfaces, captivating the world with its bold colors and natural motifs. 

Our new edit of Madhubani suit sets captures this timeless art in handcrafted ensembles for summer, reinterpreting this age-old art form for the modern wardrobe with elegant pieces that resonate with both style and cultural significance. Think flowy silhouettes in lush and luminous Chanderi silk, with solid hues kurtas cut with defining panels, paired with dupattas that become a canvas for Madhubani Art. 

Let’s dive into these exquisite pieces, and see how they can be styled this summer to create  unforgettable looks that are both artisanal and undeniably chic.


1. Off-White Elegance with a Pop of Color


Looking for effortless summer chic that transitions from work to weekend? This off-white Chanderi kurta set is your answer. Perfect for breezy office days or relaxed soirees under the warm sun, the clean lines of the kurta with its pintuck yoke and straight pants offer a sophisticated base, ready to be highlighted by the vibrant splash of color in the hand-painted Madhubani dupatta –showcasing intricate peacock motifs and delicate floral booti patterns in a fiery carrot hue. Let the artwork be the star – keep your accessories minimal with a touch of gold. Think delicate earrings and bangles that complement the artistry without stealing its thunder.


2. The Classic Charm of Black & Ivory 


Monochrome is timeless, and this black Chanderi kurta set proves just that. The kurta features flattering side panels and a graceful V-neckline, paired with the off-white cotton pants that create a clean canvas that's begging for a touch of artistic flair. A hand-painted Madhubani dupatta completes the look adorned with intricate floral motifs, injecting a dose of heritage into your look. Let the dupatta be your statement piece, and keep your accessories simple. Black Kolhapuri chappals are the perfect finishing touch, offering ethnic charm and completing your summer look with both chicness and comfort.


3. Light & Breezy Summer Blues 


Summer days were made for breezy blues. Experience effortless elegance with this light blue Chanderi kurta set. The Kalidar kurta, with its striped yoke and button detail, adds a touch of whimsy, while the straight cotton pants keep things effortlessly relaxed. The hand-painted Madhubani dupatta with intricate fish patterns along the borders and scattered floral booti motifs completes the look. Complement the cool tones with silver jewelry. A statement silver necklace or a pair of jhumkis will add a touch of elegance.


4. Earthy Elegance in Sage Green


A true ode to summer and the artistry of Madhubani craft, this kurta set in a shade of sage green is perfect for leisurely days. The kurta, adorned with side gathers creates a relaxed silhouette paired with straight cotton pants. The hand-painted Madhubani dupatta with intricate fish patterns and delicate floral bootis adds a layer of heritage to the ensemble. To complete the earthy vibe, opt for natural materials like jute sandals or wedges, perfectly complementing the ensemble's organic charm. Embrace the tranquility of summer in this sublime sage green creation!


5. Captivating Radiance in Red 


Inject a pop of vibrance into your summer wardrobe with this captivating Red Handloom Pure Cotton Chanderi Kurta Set. The A-line kurta with its flattering V-neckline creates a clean silhouette. The off-white hand-painted Madhubani dupatta with its mesmerizing peacock and floral motifs marries tradition & artistry.

Pair the bold red hue with gold-toned jewelry to style this suit set. A gold statement necklace or bangles will add a touch of glamour.


6. The Soothing Shade of Pista Green 


The pistachio green Chanderi kurta set redefines summer chic. The kurta is a unique combination of grace and tranquility – think delicate side panels, a chic V-neck, and a stylish high-low hemline that adds a touch of modern flair.  Paired with pristine off-white cotton pants and a hand-painted Madhubani dupatta with intricate peacock and floral motifs that add a touch of artistry to your look. Keep your makeup natural and dewy to complement the soft green hue. A statement clutch will add a finishing touch to this ensemble.

Written By – Vatsla Sanguri