Are you someone who believes sarees are part of an eternal fashion, that their elegance has no end?
Because if you are, then we’d like to take you on a journey through various kinds of sarees, the originated ages ago from varied parts of our country, and are still very much in vogue!
The always graceful Kanjeevaram is also known as the queen of sarees. It’s made exclusively from a traditional woven silk that’s comes from the region of Tamil Nadu.
Literally translating to ‘flower works’, Phulkari embroidery from Punjab, done with the help of bright colored thread work, employs khadi or cotton blends to make not just sarees, but beautiful dupattas as well.
This is a design, deep rooted in not just the history, but the very soil of the of the magnificent city of Lucknow. While the artisans in the yesteryear exclusively used muslin, today you can find this design adorning a vast variety of fabrics.
The intricate thread work, and the magnificent embroidery that goes into making Bomkai saree, or Sonepuri silk, is what makes these cotton silk saree from Odisha a favorite, especially during festivals!
Another one from the rich culture of Odisha, Sambalpuri is a saree that’s handwoven with a special care taken for various weaving techniques: also, the threads are dyed beforehand, making sure the rich color of the final saree never fades.
The word ‘Bandhan’ literally means ties; and so, Bandhani from the state of Gujarat is an extraordinary 9 yards of fabric, that’s a gift of the tie and dye process – a practice that the weavers of the Khatri community, especially, are pioneers at!
It is from a special kind larvae, that feeds on a couple of special leaves, that the extraordinary golden threads of Muga silk are produced. These rich sarees from Assam are an absolute treat to the sore eyes!
From the land of river Ganga, arise sarees that were meant for the royalty only! The charm of Banarasi from Varanasi lies in the beautiful silver and gold zari work and motifs, and the intricate detailing that goes into making them, taking sometimes a year or more to finish weaving one saree.
Kasavu, also called Settu saree, used to traditionally be a dhiti or a mundu, coupled with a blouse and a stole which went across the blouse. In its contemporary version, it is an elegant saree with a thick golden border; but instead of golden thread, artificial ones are used to keep up with art as well as the times!
A fabric that’s a result of weaving zari, silk, and cotton together, is a fabric that turns out to be almost royal looking, while weighs next to nothing! This easy to wear saree has been a present from the highly skilled weavers of Madhya Pradesh to the rest of the country!