Types of Handloom Sarees you should own
For women in India, a saree is more than just a mere piece of clothing. For some it's a souvenir from their mothers and grandmothers, or a cultural extension that reminds them of their shared heritage.
An instance of the Indian caliber, is a handloom saree, also encompassing the traditional textile art of the country. Such sarees are produced in different regions, which majorly influences their styles, colours and fabric. Painstakingly woven on a loom are these six yards of sheer elegance that symbolizes the rich culture of India. Adding a traditional charm to your look, they are also comfortable- both for you and the environment, as for being highly eco friendly. In view of this, let us dive into the discussion that a woman can barely resist - the types of handloom sarees you should own. Whether it is Kanjeevaram from the South, Chanderi from Madhya Pradesh or the fine weaves of Baluchari from our very own Bengal, they swear to never go out of vogue, and here's why:
Kanjeevaram/ Kanchipuram Silk
The kanjeevaram sari, hailing from the Kanchipuram region in Tamil Nadu, India, is considered as a major garment for festive occasions and bridal purposes by most women in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly, they are largely compared with the Banarasi saris and are known as their south indian versions. The patterns found in the kanchipuram sarees were actually inspired with the scriptures in South Indian temples or natural features like leaves, birds etc. They have a unique woven pallu that mostly include paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and also images from the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Intricate work throughout the saree, rich quality, use of vivid colours, zari used in the pallu are some of its foremost features that also make it a breathtakingly phenomenal option for occassions that allow you to go a little extra!
The beauty and charm of a Banarasi saree needs little to no introduction. As the name suggests, a Banarasi Saree was originally from Varanasi, also known as Benaras, and is one of the finest sarees known for its first-class silk material, gold and silver zari detailing and luxurious embroidery. Its opulent and extremely embellished look makes it one of the most sought-after sarees to be worn by brides on their wedding day. The most common yet the best designs of such sarees are kalga and bel.
Also known as wild silk, Tussar silk is obtained from the larvae of a moth that breeds on wild forests. Being porous in the texture and breathable too, it is thankfully wearable in the most humid seasons. It is usually compared to mulberry silk and is among the most expensive handloom sarees of India. Quite apt is the cost when it looks luxurious too; with the gold sheen and rich texture of the fabric, it lends an extremely glamorous and classy look to the one wearing. The different varieties of the silk is produced in many Asian countries like China and Japan. As for its mostly pale colour schemes, it holds a quality of sobriety and serenity within.
Originated in Bengal, the Baluchari saree traces its existence to 500 years ago. The weaving of the saree started in a small village called Baluchur in Murshidabad district in West Bengal, giving it the name 'Baluchari'. The sarees are woven using the purest silk thread and is popular because of its handwork and intricate design. The designs on Baluchari sarees mostly display mythological figurines from stories of the temples of Bishnupur. The pallu and the borders usually showcase designs of animals or royal court scenes. Baluchari sarees are found in almost all colours including red, white and yellow.
The special appeal of Chanderi silk is characterised by its light weight, sheer texture and luxurious quality. The fabric got its name from a small town in Madhya Pradesh named Chanderi. Weavers of Chanderi then used a special weaving technique to produce textured fabrics of cotton and silk with a fine zari work and sheen to come up with the extremely delicate and ultra-fine saree that Chanderi is. The Pallu is hand woven in colored thread or dazzling zari. This is perfect for women seeking comfort and glamour in one single saree.
When you think of the variety of sarees in Kolkata, Tant is the first name that comes to mind. It is a light, airy, breathable cotton material that is preferred by women as a basic, all-day wear. Cotton, being a boon for a climate like India, is largely chosen over other materials when it comes to comfort. Apart from that, they are the perfect mixture of traditional and modern, making it not just in Bengal, but popular across the nation. Motifs of flowers, the sun, and modern art depictions can generally be seen on the Tant Saree. They are also stiffly starched with borders a little thicker than other sarees, since the fineness of the weave may lead to the tearing of ends.
Last but not the least is this sheer, soft, feather-light Saree with intricately designed motifs, known as Jamdani sarees. They are considered as one of the finest muslin handloom textile in India. The fabric sometimes also has a mix of cotton and gold threads weaved in it. Jamdani sarees are also called Dhakai jamdani sarees because of its routes in Narayanganj District in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
It involves the work of floral motifs on its muslin cloth. As with every handloom saree, this is also strictly made by hands, and thus takes a lot of time in its making. More than others, it can take about a year as well, when the detailing is complicated.
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