A delightful folktale narrates the origin of the sari as-
” The sari, it is said, was born on the loom of a fanciful weaver. He dreamt of women. The shimmer of her eyes. The drape of her tumbling hair. The colour of her many moods. The softness of her touch. All these he wove together. He couldn’t stop. He wove for many yards. And when he was done, the story goes, he sat back and smiled and smiled and smiled”A must-have in every Indian woman’s closet, saree is an incredible gift of pure Indian tradition. It is one of the world’s oldest and perhaps the only surviving unstitched garment from the past. Over the millennium, it has not only become a sensuous, glamorous all-time-wear for women, but also the ‘canvas’ for weavers and printers to create artistic weaves, prints and jewelled or gold-silver embellishments!In the modern world we look at saree as the style statement a fashion piece, well we have to agree on this one because it is fashionable as well as trendy it can take many forms & style. If you like, you can wear it both traditionally or in a modern way at the end it will never go out of the fashion league.Different states and regions in India have different styles of sarees and each one is unique. Famous saris like Banarasi Silk Saree, Patola Saree, Kanjeevaram silk Saree and much more, these brilliant Indian Saris are crafted in a special way using different fabrics and embroidery techniques.
The unique technique of tie and dye, widely known as bandhni, enjoys an almost incomparable admiration. Bandhani Sarees are the most perfectly designer sarees collection you can think of. Bandhani Sarees are the reflection of elegance and sensuality and are usually engaged with the cotton clothing material which comes with tie-n-dye designed in more than 3 and 4 colours. One can easily select your choice with the appropriate climate, season, situation, festivals, occasions and functions. In India, places in Rajasthan like Jaipur, Sikar, Bhilwara, Udaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, and Jamnagar in Gujarat are the well known hub producing odhnis, sarees and turbans in Bandhani. Very elaborate motifs are made, in tie and dye work. Knots are placed in clusters, each with a different name including, flowers, creepers, bells and jalas.
Banarasi saree are the hallmarks of the today’s modern fashion world. It is a must wear attire for women who want to look elegant and yet sober and sophisticated. The typical Banarasi saree is hand woven specifically in silk with golden thread and it takes about 15 days to a month to complete one piece. The best part of the saree for which they are famous in the world is the silver and a golden brocade work. The special characteristic of a Banarasi saree are intertwining floral and foliate motifs, i.e. kalga and bel, which are inspired from Mughal designs. When we talk about weddings or bridal sarees, the first kind of saree strikes in our mind is Banarasi sarees that come in various designs, colours and textures such as embroidered Banarasi sarees, silk Banarasi sarees, designer Banarasi sarees, cutwork sarees, Butidar sarees, tissue sarees, etc.
Kanjeevaram silk saree
The breathtaking beauty of the Kanjeeveram has entitled the sarees to act as the bride’s trousseau, not only in Karnataka, or South India, but in other parts of the country also. Created by the craftsmen of a small town called Kanchi in Tamil Nadu, this is one of the most popular south silks. Made of the finest quality of silk, with the best zari work, these sarees come in a variety of bold colours and designs.
The heritage of Indian textile is displayed by the Kanjeeveram silk sarees and the peerless craftsmanship, the beauty and grandeur of the gold thread work, quaint motifs are mesmerizing. The magnificent Zari is interleaved into the yarn, to weave diverse cultural motifs, and images of flora or fauna. The best part of kanjivaram saree is that, you can wear minimal jewelery and still look the beautiful and elegant. The majestic outlook of Kanchipuram sarees can best highlight the innate beauty of the Indian women.
A pride of Maharashtrian women, Paithani Sarees is made of silk and zari. Famous creation of weavers from Paithan, Maharashtra, Paithani saree collections is exclusively hand woven sarees that are characterized by distinguished oblique square designed borders and the flow of designs with colourful thread and solid gold pallus. They are a symbol of the intellectually refined elites. This timeless artistic fabric can suit any formal occasion as well as celebration like get-togethers, corporate bashes, social parties and other events.
Chanderi, which is amongst the best known handloom clusters, occupies a special place because of its centuries old weaving specialty of producing finely textured fabrics of silk and cotton embellished with zari woven work, and more specifically because of its saris that have been patronized by royalty. Chanderi saree is one of the most famous products of the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. The Chanderi fabric is known for its texture, lighter weight and a glossy look that sets it apart from factory produced textiles. Traditionally, the fabric is woven using hand spun yarn, which accounted for its delicate texture. The artisans took a lot of time in spinning the yarn so that it quality, designs, colors and motifs are as per the expectations of the elite and royal clients.
Kota Doria Saree
Kota Doria fabric has square weave pattern which makes it one of the finest open weave fabric in India. Kota saree or Kota doria fabricates strong cotton or cotton-silk yarns to weave out this extremely transparent, light textured and weightless saree are favourable for summer season. Kota doria is made in a series of steps. The weaving of yarns creates a graph like geometric pattern called ‘khats crafting a grid effect and giving it a unique dazzling finish. The standard Kota doria is woven in white and later dyed in different colours. Some of the Kota dories have a narrow edged with zari.
The glory and the colours of nature, flora and fauna captured beautifully on cloth illustrates the popular Jamawars of Kashmir. The technique of weaving this fabric travelled from Persia to Kashmir, reaching the Indian subcontinent about 5 centuries ago. The term ‘Jamawar’ literally means robe and yard, which was once used by the royalty for the purpose of robes and which now is a very popular variety of Indian traditional sarees that you can invest in for a wedding. The uniqueness of the saree is that many of its varieties come with matching silk shawls attached along them and are embellished with meenakari colours like orange and green and have beautiful aksi embroidery for the borders.