Popularly known as ‘sheesha’ or the ‘aabhla bharat kaam’, mirror work is a traditional embroidery technique passed on to us through generations. This style of work involves sewing small pieces of mirror on fabrics, with thread-work stitches all around them. Whether in blouses, lehenga skirts, or co-ord sets, mirror work has a quality of looking festive without being gaudy or OTT. Best of both worlds, isn’t it?

Mirror work has come a long way; from decorative torans to borders and hemlines in the Mughal times, contemporary fashion is now making statement pieces with this handicraft. From oversized square mirrors to small circular ones, designers today are incorporating the art for the much sought-after bling in Indian wedding outfits. Through the years, designers like Abhinav Mishra, Manish Malhotra and Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla have revived this artwork and have brought it into the mainstream. Mirror work now has a completely different expression; from de-constructed motifs with Gota and silk threads to sparsely placed ones with applique and sequin, there is a style for everyone.

Today we will walk you through some stunning, versatile hand embroidery mirror work blouse designs. Whether you are the bride or the bridesmaid, mirror work blouses are not only celebrity-approved, ace couturiers have also given their stamp of approval to this stunning traditional handicraft. Here’s an edit of the best mirror work blouse designs you’ll need in your festive wardrobe this year. 

Full-sleeve mirror embellished blouse 

Image Courtesy: Abhinav Mishra

Modern yet traditional, this full sleeve blouse has extensive mirror work all over and alternating Gota Patti work on the sleeves. With heavy mirror work on the front and back, a mirror work bridal blouse like this one is ideal for the 21st-century bride. 

Vibrant yellow noodle strap blouse 

Image Courtesy: Monika Nidhii

Go for a sunny yellow noodle strap blouse with Chikankari work to match with your saree or lehenga skirt. If you are the bride, pick something like this for your Haldi, and if you are the bridesmaid, you can wear this to your BFF’s mehndi ceremony. 

Peachish nude halter neck tulle blouse  

Papa Don't Preach
Papa Don't Preach

If you don’t want to go with the traditional mirror work heavy blouse, pick out a nude halter neck one to match with your multi-hued lehenga or saree. Take cues from this Papa Don’t Preach design; the nude blouse compliments the vibrant hues on the saree exceptionally well. 

Cream boat neck blouse 

Image Courtesy: Abhinav Mishra

A sheer net saree will look fabulous with a boat neck blouse like this one. With mirror work on the sleeves and the neck, the beautiful cream blouse can be paired with several contrasting colour sarees. You can add traditional jewellery to add to the beauty of this blouse. 

Sunset yellow sleeveless choli style blouse

Kalki Fashion
Kalki Fashion

Shades of yellow are increasingly getting popular and have been on the trending charts this wedding season. Handcrafted with mirrors in floral and leaf motifs, this sleeveless choli style blouse in dupion is a great pick for bridesmaids who want to go for a mirror work blouse which is not too heavy. 

Electric pink V-neck sleeveless blouse 

Image Courtesy: Akanksha Gajria

This deep V-neck blouse has Gota Patti floral motifs and mirror work detailing all over its neck and the bottom hem. V-neck blouses look great when paired with lehenga skirts; You can opt for a mirror-work style blouse like this one to go with a similar complimenting lehenga skirt.

Queen Anne neckline blouse in unicorn hues

Image Courtesy: Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor

If you want to experiment with the neckline a bit, go for a deep-set Queen Anne neckline blouse. This unicorn-hued mirror work blouse by Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor makes a classic case for modern-day silhouettes amalgamated with centuries-old workmanship.

Canary yellow off-shoulder blouse 

Image Courtesy: Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor

If you want to create a longer, leaner silhouette, go for a deep set off-shoulder blouse like the one in the picture. The canary yellow mirror work blouse is ideal for both lehenga skirts and sarees. Whether you are the bridesmaid or the bride, a blouse like this one is a versatile pick for the season.

Lavender sweetheart neckline blouse with puff sleeves

Image Courtesy: Yoshita Couture

A sweetheart neckline with mirror work all over the front and back and sheer puff sleeves is a classy take on the modern-day blouses with a hint of tradition. Go for a blouse with liberally done sequin work and scantily placed mirrors for an appealing look. 

Traditional handicrafts are making their way back to millennial wardrobes! These timeless and versatile modern-day mirror work designs will not only add glamour to your wardrobe but also make great statement pieces. We hope we could update you with the new mirror work blouse designs that are making rounds this wedding season. You can bookmark your favourites and shop from the mentioned designers or get yourself a style to similar to these custom-made by your trusted masterji.

Do let us know your favourite mirror work blouse patterns from the list above! Was it the glamorous one or the understated kind?