Sarees – A weaver’s dream

From shimmering silks to elegant chiffon and starched cotton to flowing crepes and Georgettes; vivid colors, attractive embellishments and intricate embroidery, Sarees are available in all mesmerizing designs.

kanchi saree
Kanjeevaram sarees have a gold dipped silver thread woven on premium quality silk. These sarees are hand woven in the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu.

North India
The timeless grace of Banaras Brocade
Generally, an essential part of a bride’s trousseau, these sarees came in existence during the Mughal era. Banaras is undoubtedly the rich weaving craft center of India, famous for brocade saris. Exclusive varieties of sarees include Jangla, Tanchoi, Vaskar, Cutwork, Tissue and Butidar made out of silk warp and silk weft on plain or satin ground base. It is handcrafted by weavers in intricate patterns of intertwining floral and foliate motifs-Kalga and Bel. These are reminiscent of Mughal designs. A fringe of border resembling a string of leaves on outer and inner borders is a very common pattern.

The vibrancy of Kota Doria or Kota Jali
Handpicked from Rajasthan, these sarees are manufactured in small villages in and around Kota city. Lightweight and transparent, these hand-woven sarees exude a charm and beauty of their own. The cotton ones are best even though weavers are bringing forth silk varieties as well.

South India
The silk hub of India, South Indian sarees is the representation of several cultures that co-exist here. The most popular traditional sarees from south are Kanjeevaram, Konrad, Mysore silk, and Pochampally, Chettinad and Gadwal.

Kanjeevaram sarees have a gold dipped silver thread woven on premium quality silk. These sarees are hand woven in the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. If you are ever planning to buy a Kanjeevaram silk sari, remember that the heavier is the silk, the better is the quality. A traditional design pattern for these sarees comprises of peacocks and parrots.

Konrad sari is a specialty item from Tamil Nadu. Also popular as temple saris, these are wide bordered saris. The motifs such as elephants and peacock are typically weaved in these saris.
Chettinad sarees come from a small town of the same name in Tamil Nadu and the weavers create traditional designs in contemporary colors.

Gadwalls, which actually originated in Varanasi, are adorned with south-eastern temple structures. These sarees are usually worn during festivals and religious occasions.

Mysore silk sarees are woven from the finest silk and are found in vibrant colors and traditional styles. The Mysore crepes are worldwide famous for their opaque crepe silk with fine zari borders.
Pochampalli sarees weaved in Pochampalli are also present in a myriad of traditional motifs, contemporary colors.

Nayanpet and Bavanjipet are traditional sarees from Kerala which typically have a golden border on cream base. Traditionally these sarees are available in earth shades of browns, greys and off whites.
Mangalgiri cotton weaved in Mangalgiri; Andhra Pradesh is also very popular.

East India
Baluchari Sari
Baluchar, a town in Murshidabad district of West Bengal is the place where Baluchari sarees come from. These sarees have a traditional border and silk brocaded designs. These rich and sophisticated sarees are weaved with patterns of nature like flowers, narratives like people on horses, musicians in action, men and women in different poses. About 200 years old, Baluchari sarees are available in feisty colors of red, purple, deep blue. The borders also depict tales from the great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Keeping in sync with the rich culture, craft and tradition of Bengal, the classy and elegant Tant sarees are a big hit with women. It is one of the finest handloom products of Bengal. The sarees are made of cotton fabric with crisp muslin like finish and feather weight. Easy to wear and comfortable to carry, the broad and silky thread work and the colorful range make it one of the most attractive saris.

Kantha is an embroidery art form of rural Bengal. The embroidery is done in decorative motifs with running stitch traditionally on hand-woven saris. Kantha sarees are very exquisite and sophisticated and a result of hard work, talent and labor of rural Bengali women folk.

Central India
Chanderi saris
Chanderi village in Madhya Pradesh is famous for its hand-woven Chanderi saris, weaved in silk and cotton. The sarees are dazzling owing to their subtle hues, beautiful borders in gold. Butis, gold checks with lotus roundels all over, are also common.

When a saree weaver intertwines his threads and creates a mesh of his dreams, what emerges is the beautiful Indian sari.

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