The idea for a house dress came to me during my own 4th trimester. My baby girl was born during the pandemic via c-section. I had a difficult recovery without any help (social distancing). And more than anything, I wanted to be comfortable. I had purchased nightgowns to wear after the birth of my son three years prior, and while they were comfortable to an extent, they were too short to wear during the day or to answer the door in. The sleeveless gowns left me shivering during my frequent night sweats, and they weren't exactly nursing friendly.
In my quest to find comfortable, nursing friendly clothing, I was reminded of the house dresses my mom and nani (grandmother) wear. Having fond memories of these dresses and their loose, light weight cotton in fun and vibrant prints, I set out to find something similar. I wanted something that was modest enough to wear during the day and comfortable enough to sleep in.
When I wasn't able to find a house dress that checked all my boxes and to fulfill my own postpartum needs, Nesara was born. These house dresses are designed for anyone who wants a little bit of comfort and style.
The midi length allows you to move freely and comfortably. The buttons allow you to easily nurse or lay your baby on your chest. Comfortable enough to sleep in and cute enough to lounge in; this is the house dress reimagined.
Nesara dresses are hand sewn using lightweight cotton fabric. Our textiles are hand stamped and dyed using organic vegetable dyes by artisans in India using a technique known as block printing. Because the fabrics are handmade, variations in color and pattern are a part of the uniqueness of each piece. Indian textiles are used around the world in the production of clothing, yet, you rarely see South Asian culture represented within the brands using these fabrics. As a South Asian woman, this has always stood out to me. As I build this brand and forge partnerships with artisans in India, I hope to change that narrative. The cotton fabric we use is more than a textile - it is a craft, a tradition, a livelihood and a snapshot of the beauty that can be found in India.
If your Nesara dress is an act of self care, enjoy her as you lounge, sleep or even work from home. If your Nesara dress is a postpartum purchase, I hope she brings you comfort during your fourth trimester and beyond. My hope is that your Nesara dress will carry you long after the postpartum period ends. She can be your perfect beach dress, your perfect nightgown, and your perfect reminder of that special time in your life.
Dr. Pragati Gusmano