Eid al-Adha 2015 – Melbourne

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Wardrobe : Nabila

This year I celebrated Eid Al-Adha, the second religious holiday celebrated by Muslims across the globe in Melbourne. Unfortunately, being in Melbourne meant I was away from my family and friends in Bangladesh and I missed them sorely, however, I was also lucky to have been able to enjoy the festivities with Naveed’s family and my cousins in Melbourne.

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With Eid, I had the perfect opportunity to yet again dress up in my traditional attires. On this occasion I chose to wear a gold and magenta ensemble. It’s a long, floor-length kameez (also known as suit), however unlike the usual full length kameezes/anarkalis/suits which often have A-line type silhouettes, this dress had more of a sheath silhouette.

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Dress: Nabila

There’s a play of textures, materials, colours and embellishments on this dress which is highlighted around the waist and also at the bottom of the dress. The embellishments, comprising of crystals and golden thread embroidery is known as zardozi work (a type of embroidery) and follows traditional motifs and patterns.

2015-09-24 23.15.32My favourite part of the dress, however, is probably the end of the dress as the alternating fabrics, patterns and laces, is not a very common feature on traditional attires such as this one.

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2015-09-24 22.57.50I would have loved to have put my hair up in a loose updo but sadly I did not have the time, as Eid took place on a Thursday this year and I was busy with my research during the day and was running late for Eid dinner. As I was driving, (and also because I rushing), I couldn’t pair the dress with my magenta strappy heels, however, the gold shoes are I am wearing are a staple of mine (so comfortable!) and they complement a whole variety of attires.

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Naveed decided to wear a short kurta this Eid. He is definitely not a big fan of embellishments on his attires, and so he picked a kurta that only has hand embroidery, that too in threads that are the same colour as the material of the kurta. As he had a long day at work, opting for something that was comfortable yet appropriate for the occasion ensured that he was able to truly enjoy the evening.

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Kurta: Nabila

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