My mom, who runs an organization to preserve the craft of silk weavers in India, instilled a love of fabrics in me. Along with the fit & fashion of a garment, I'm always conscious of it's feel as well.
The history of the brocade fabric is as rich as its intricate patterns. In a not so ancient past, this fabric with its gold & silver threads and detailed weaves, was only worn by nobility and the ultra-rich. Luckily for me, its now significantly more accessible to shallower pockets.
I got this brocade corset made in India a few months ago. I love its rich color palette and the slightly raised texture of the fabric. The detailed boning of the corset allows for a custom fit. The best part? Versatility. I can wear it with a full skirted "ghagra" in India with a stole on my shoulders, or inside a western pant-suit for a cool twist on office wear or simply style it like these pictures for dinner dates and drinks with friends.
The earrings are amethyst and gold that I got custom designed for myself the last time I was in India. The metal cuff is also from India; I found it at a street stall in Mumbai and fell in love with its texture and dull color.