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Sarees - Go Traditional

The Indian women's most popular attire, the Saree, is typical of tradition and culture. The Saree is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine yards in length, that is draped over the body in various styles. Worn as daily wear in most parts of India, the Saree is now gaining popularity as a glamorous choice of evening & occasion wear. With a wide range of materials & styles, originating from different states of India, the selection of Sarees to suit your lifestyle could be a daunting task. Here's a brief guide to the much beloved Saree.

Fabric :

  • Silk : Silk is a natural fiber, which is most commonly woven into textiles. Because of its shimmering, smooth & soft texture, this expensive fabric is considered one of the most preferred fabrics for occasion & festive wear. Although silk is the strongest natural fiber, it loses strength when wet & in harsh sunlight. Today, many manufacturers prefer synthetic fibers or blends rather than pure silk to product more affordable & sturdy textiles. In India, silk Sarees are produced in different techniques, indigenous to the State, and are popularly renowned for their special qualities. Here's a look at the different types of silk Sarees available.

  • Raw Silk & Tussar Silk Sarees

    The beauty of Raw Silk is its rough texture as it has shorter fibers. This makes it the fabric more delicate & so it needs better care. It has a naturally dull gold sheen for which it is popular.Tussar Silk, produced in Bhagalpur, Madhya Pradesh, is a popular choice of Raw Silk Sarees.

  • Kantha Sarees

    A Saree of West Bengal named after the technique of embroidery used. Kantha is a type of running stitch embroidery used on sarees from raw silk to cotton, covering the entire cloth with beautiful motifs of flowers,animals, birds and geometrical shapes or themes from everyday activities. The stitching on the cloth gives it a slight wrinkled & wavy effect.

  • Banarasi Silk Sarees

    Made in Varanasi, India, Banarasi Silk Sarees are considered to be among the finest sarees, known for their gold and silver brocade work. Because of the use of fine silk & opulent motifs, which are inspired by intricate Mughal design, these saris are relatively heavy & reserved for special occasions.

  • Paithani Silk Sarees

    Originating from Paithan, Maharashtra, this fine silk saree is characterized by borders of square design, and a pallu with a Peacock motif. Usually spotted in designs, single colored and multicolored colored designs are very popular.

  • Patola Silk Sarees

    This silk saree made in Patan, Gujarat, is popular due to its special weave,which is a double ikat technique.Patola sarees are also popular for their colorful diversity and geometrical motif shapes.

  • Kanchipuram Silk Sarees

    Traditionally made by weavers from Tamil Nadu, the Kanchipuram Saree is considered to be of the highest quality sarees and are woven naturally. Distinguished by its wide contrast borders, this saree is woven with heavy silk or gold yarns and is worn on occasions and festivities.

  • Brasso

    Brasso fabrics have a print effect where motifs are burned out on base fabric to form attractive patterns. Usually, Velvet Brasso can be found on chiffon, georgette or net bases with designs in multiple colours. The effect is often rich in texture & very attractive-this is why, Brasso Sarees are an eveningwear favourite.

  • Georgette

    Georgette is a sheer, lightweight Crepe fabric originally made from silk ,with highly twisted yarns thus creating its characteristic crinkly surface. Georgette Sarees are lightweight & are available in an array of prints & dyeing techniques.

  • Chiffon

    Chiffon is a very sheer & lightweight silk crepe. The twist in the crepe yarns puckers the fabric slightly in both directions after weaving, giving it some stretch and a slightly rough feel.

  • Art silk

    Artificial silk or Art silk is a synthetic man-made fiber, which resembles silk but costs less to produce. It is a commonly used fiber & sarees made in Art Silk have gained popularity because of its affordable price & great appearance.

  • Net

    The specialty of Net fabric is that the weave construction is looped at their intersections, resulting in a fabric with large open spaces between the yarns. This weave give the Net Saree a fullness & lightness in weight. Along with elaborate embroideries & appliques, the delicate Net Saree is often a choice for eveningwear.

  • Crepe

    Crepe is a fabric of a gauzy texture, having a typically crimpy surface. While silk fiber is the popular choice, Crepe fabric is woven from natural or man-made fibers. Surface textures vary from fine, flat crepes to pebbled & mossy effects. Various print & dying techniques are employed on Crepe Sarees. Popular crepes include, Crepe de Chine & Georgette.

  • Jacquard weave

    Jacquard - a highly ornamented material in which the design is incorporated into the weave instead of being printed or dyed on. These days, Jacquard sarees are often woven in art silk, with a glossy texture & lightweight body. Jacquard is seldom used on its own, often paired with net or velvet in Half and Half sarees.

  • Half & Half Sarees

    The Half & Half Sarees is usually an eveningwear option, which features two or more fabrics combined to make one saree, used in a cut and sew fashion. Mostly Net sarees are bordered with silk, velvet, jacquard or brocade. Additional rich embellishments, appliques & zari-work make up this gorgeous saree.

  • Cotton

    Cotton is natural, breathable & extremely durable, thus making sarees in cotton a popular choice for daily use. As cotton accepts many dyes, a variety of print & dyeing techniques are available. Several weaving options are possible due to the strength & versatility of the cotton yarn; this results in beautifully textured sarees, across India. Often used along with or as an alternative to silk, almost each state in India boasts of it's exclusive cotton saree styles. Here are a few well-known varieties of sarees available in cotton.

  • Maheshwari Saree

    Originating from Madhya Pradesh, this handloom woven silk & cotton saree is a well known for it golden zari borders & pallu. The Maheshwari Saree is also known as the reversible saree & features hand block printed motifs.

  • Chanderi Saree

    A traditional saree made with mix of silk and cotton, originating from Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh, Chanderi Sarees are known for their sheer texture, lightweight and a glossy transparency.

  • Jamdani Saree

    Originating from Bengal, the Jamdani Saree is a delicate muslin cloth on which decorative motifs are woven on the handloom. Often a mixture of cotton and gold thread are used against white or grey bases, lending grace & beauty to this saree.

  • Kota Saree

    This lightweight saree, popular for it's tiny square shaped weave, is made at Kota, Rajasthan. These Sarees are made of pure cotton and silk,usually with additional block printing.

  • Tissue

    Tissue or Lame is a type of fabric woven with thin ribbons of metallic yarns or usually gold or silver. It has a dramatic appearance & slippery texture. Lightweight & shimmering, the tissue saree is often used in evening sarees rather than everyday wear.