Sarees are anindispensablepart of an Indian woman’s trousseau. In the quest for elegance and beauty, most of us start from our mother’s and/or aunts’ wardrobes. We pick out that classiest drape thatwhen adorning its owner has never failed to amaze us with the ageless beauty beheld before us. Although chiffon and netted sarees online are the go-to choice for young women today, here are some traditional styles that you should definitely possess to flaunt your natural elegance and poise with those 9 yards draped around you in perfection.
- Kanjeevaram Silk:
Crafted with pure mulberry silk thread by skilled hands in a small town of Tamil Nadu called Kanchi, this silk is one of the most popular Indian silks. Adorned with exquisite zari work and designs, these sarees sport bold colours. The motifs on the Kanjeevaram Sarees, named Kanchipuram after their place of origin, are based on the paintings of the temples and palaces of the Pallava dynasty. With prices ranging from above a couple of thousand rupees, a Kanjeevaram Silk is a must have in your traditional drawer.
- Benarasi Silk:
Craftsmen in Benaras/Varanasi take around 15 days to weave a single Benarasi Saree. The intricate hand woven details on the gorgeous silk make this saree perfect for bridal occasions. Benarasis come in a variety of colours with rich brocades and zari work. Zardosi is another elegant variety of the Benarasisilk.
- Bandhni Sarees:
Popular in Gujarat and Rajasthan, these sarees are of the tie and dye variety available in numerous designs. These are found in light interspersed pastel shades with soft borders and designs and are lightweight. Thus they are perfect for traditional Dandiya nights. In fact, most women participating in the Navaratri festival make sure to adorn themselves in this emblematic Gujarati attire to celebrate the final night.
- Paithani Silk:
The Paithani silk sarees originated in Paithan in Aurangabad. These are characterised by oblique square borders, the designs being inspired mainly from the paintings and sculptures in the Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra. The pallu usually has exotic peacock designs.They are light, mono or dual coloured in bright colours, and sport mostly a plain or spotted design. This saree is thecoveted attire for Maharashtrian and other Indian women alike.
Patola sarees are hand -oven in Patan, Gujarat. They are usually made from silk with double ikat weaving. The singular of Patola is Patulu. These sarees are on the expensive side in this list. Once worn by only aristocrats and royal women, these sarees are very much in demand by those who can afford them. Their cost is justified by the difficult and elaborate weaving process, spanning over six months to a year to make one saree. Also, the weaving process is a fortified family tradition, and there are presently only three families left in Patan who possess the skill and patience to weave these timeless beauties.
Sarees are amongst the most coveted ladies wear, traditional sarees never fail to make people turn their heads be it anyone carrying the saree. So, go and get yourself these magical hand woven drapes.