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4 Rilli Shirts You Must Own

An age-old craft made stylish and new


By Mahvish Ahmed

Our favorite time of the year has officially arrived – a time when we can think outside the “lawn” box when it comes to our wardrobe. The lovely winter weather has finally given us the freedom to wear something less airy than our usual uniform, so why shouldn’t we make the most of it? This season is the perfect time to celebrate the traditional rilli.

For those not in the know, here is a little to background to this charming traditional fabric: Rilli is an age old form of art that is indigenous to Sind and involves the crafty use of patchwork, appliqué and embroidery. With our recommended list of must-have rilli outfits below, you won’t regret the investment you make to support local craft and sport a unique look this winter.

The boho chic white tunic by Inaaya


On a warm winter day when you want to unleash the free spirited artist in you, go for this white rilli tunic, which is beautifully paired with box pleated voluminous susi pants. The loose silhouette is laid back yet stylish and screams comfort! Suitable for work or lunch, this is the perfect choice to make you look like someone who means business.

The Antler block and rilli shirt by Blocked Textiles


Blocked Textiles is known for their creative interpretations of the traditional art of block printing but when a daaman lavishly adorned with rilli also enters the equation, it takes the outfit to a whole new level. Black, white and maroon, with just a hint of gold, makes just the right combination for a coastal winter. Also, in the barrage of short kurtas available in every store these days, this top surely stands out. Style your hair with a top knot bun, paint your nails black, throw on some ethnic jewelry and slip on a pair of traditional gold kohlapuris to wow everyone.

The leatherite rilli kurta by KAAM


We are super excited to introduce you to the exquisite outfits by KAAM. Gold leatherite-like material is used to create the rilli patchwork in this silk article. Point to be noted here : simplicity is indeed beauty. The no-frills and simple cuts in this top is what makes it a must-have.

The Thar rilli kurta by Sonya Battla


Isn’t this black beauty to die for? Made meticulously by expert craftsmen, the Thar kurta takes two weeks to make and is available on order only. Accessorize with small diamond studs and a shawl draped around your arms to fight the cool evening breeze and add a bit of color to your look. Style tip: Tie your hair in a neat low bun and dab a bit of red on your lips.

P.S. For affordable, casual rilli kurtas, don’t forget to check out Khazana Crafts, shop # 48 in Zamzama Mall, Karachi.