Plain, printed or embroidered. Silk, cotton, chiffon or synthetic. Matched to the outfit, or contrasted. Covering the torso, or draped over one shoulder.
Odhanis come in many forms, but have one thing in common. It is not an accessory- it is an integral part of the outfit.
There are conventions to follow when you pick the particular odhani to wear with a dress, and even if you bend the rules, you do so only in certain ways.
With Western-wear gaining popularity, odhanis are fading out. And for all that I consider them difficult to manage, I will miss them so.
There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described. In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a drabble of exactly 100 words.