As women we all love to wear grand sarees to look special and stand out from the crowd. Here are 5 must have sarees that would make our wardrobe ready for any event.
We have several styles of saris originating from various locations in India, however, the most popular are:
1. Kanjivaram: Kanjivaram sarees are well known for its exquisite zari work. They are traditionally made by weavers from Kanchipuram located in Tamil Nadu, India. The Kanchipuram sari is distinguished by its wide contrast borders. These sarees symbolize the ‘luxury in silk’. Kanchipuram saris are woven naturally with heavy silk and gold cloth are considered to be special and are worn on occasions and festivities only. Go classy and elegant in your family functions with these graceful Kanjivaram sarees.
2. Banarasi: These hand-woven sarees with explicit embroidery are almost impossible for any Indian woman to give a miss. Banarasi saris are made in Varanasi, a city also called as Benares or Banaras. The saris are among the finest saris in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The saris are made of finely woven silk and are decorated with intricate design, and, because of these engravings, are relatively heavy.
Their special characteristics are Mughal inspired designs such as intricate intertwining floral and foliate motifs, kalga and bel, a string of upright leaves called jhallar at the outer, edge of border is a characteristic of these saris. Other features are gold work, compact weaving, figures with small details, metallic visual effects, pallus, jal (a net like pattern), and mina work.
3. Paithani: These saree are named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad Maharashtra state where they are woven by hand. Made from very fine silk, it is considered as one of the richest saris in Maharashtra.
Paithani is characterised by borders of an oblique square design, and a pallu with a peacock design. Plain as well as spotted designs are available. Among other varieties, single colored and kaleidoscope-colored designs are also popular. The kaleidoscopic effect is achieved by using one color for weaving lengthwise and another for weaving widthwise.
4. Bandhani: The art of Bandhani is highly skilled process. The technique involves dyeing a fabric which is tied tightly with a thread at several points,thus producing a variety of patterns like Leheriya, Mothra, Ekdali and Shikari depending on the manner in which the cloth is tied. The main colours used in Bandhani are yellow, red,blue, green and black. Bandhani work, after the processing is over, results into a variety of symbols including, dots, squares, waves and strips. Bandhani pieces can be dyed by natural and artificial colors.
The main colours used in Bandhani are natural. In fact all colours in bandhani are dark, no light colour is used, and the background is mostly in black / red cloth.
So, next time when you have to attend a religious function or shake a leg at dandiyanight, look ravishing in a bandhani saree, and steal compliments for your looks.
5. Patola: Patola saris are a double ikat woven sari, usually made from silk, made in Patan, Gujarat, India. The word Patola is the plural form—The sigular is patulu. They are very expensive, once worn only by royalty and the aristocracy, they are popular and in demand from those who can afford them. Velvet patola styles are also made in Surat. Patola-weaving is a closely guarded family tradition. There are three families left in Patan that weave these highly prized double ikat saris. It can take six months to one year to make one sari.