It wasn’t too long ago that potli bags and batuas were almost considered an obligatory final touch to your ethnic outfit—confined to the realm of bridal and ethnic wear. Fast forward to 2021 and the playground looks a lot different than it did a few years ago. Luxury brands like Sabyasachi are helping put the potli bag on the world map by incorporating Indian craftsmanship with eclectic designs. One can say that these once-local accessories have gone global now. And they can be paired with a cocktail dress, just as easily as with a silk saree.
The west is obsessed with baguettes and bucket bags—and—we’re here to make the case for potlis and batuas. Practical and incredibly chic—the potli bag boasts of many variations: gota work, zardozi embroidery, fun beading, pearl tassels, mirror embellishments, and the list goes on. Similarly, batuas are available in infinite color and embellishment options—but with a little more structure than the slouchy potlis.
Everyone from Bollywood legends like Rekha to new age it girls like Alia Bhatt have been spotted in these delectable arm candy options. But with so many choices, how can you pick one that’s just right for you? Don’t worry, we’ve narrowed down the list to nine very special variations that you can shop right now. Let’s have a look at them.
This angelic pearl encrusted variation is a perfect companion for your white chikankari sharara. What’s more elegant than white on white?
Who said potli bags can only be worn with ethnic outfits? This sequinned iteration has a faux leather top handle that makes it look like a chic bucket bag—perfect for your late-night parties.
Picture this—you wearing a traditional red Benarasi silk saree, gold jewelry, and this miniature batua to match. Sounds delightful, right?
This black and gold potli bag is practically begging to be styled with your little black dress. Pair the outfit with extra high heels and red lips for that added sultry charm.
Moving on from night to day—this version is perfect for a low-key afternoon wedding. Match it with your blush pink lehenga and juttis. It is adorable with a capital A.
Just like potlis, batuas come in every size, color, and pattern possible. Our eyes are fixated on this Aztec print iteration that features detailed beadwork. Talk about craftsmanship!
This red, feathered potli bag is a statement in itself. No matter what you pair it with, it will help you stand out. We suggest a beige couture gown for your sangeet party with accents of red.
Now coming to this yellow potli bag with specks of white pearl and gold sequin embellishments, it’s a maximalist take on the trend but we’re absolutely here for it. The gold and pearl accented tassels are our favorite part!
Another option for the quirky brides out there, this multi-colored batua demands all your attention. Pair it with a monochrome outfit for some well-needed pop of color.
So which one of these potlis and batuas are you going to pair with your next major outfit? Let us know and don’t forget to check out The Wedding Brigade Shop for countless other variations!