On Monday, I presented about 5 different types of sarees, continuing our series that we have in our Incredible India, today we will see another six varieties of our traditional sarees.
6. Bandhani from Gujarat
Bandhej saree also known as “Bandhani saree“. The technique involves dyeing a fabric which is tied tightly with a thread at several points, thus producing a variety of patterns like Chandrakala, Bavan Baug, Shikari etcetera; depending on the manner in which the cloth is tied. Both Gujarat and Rajasthan are known for the Bandhani saree. No collection is complete without at least one Bandhani Saree.
7. Muga from Assam
The Muga silk sarees from Assam are made by a special kind of silk produced by a larvae that feeds on mainly two special leaves. The resulting silk from this larvae is known to be the best. The sarees are exquisite and rich. Cannot afford to not have atleast one in your collection.
8. Banarasi from Varanasi
Banarasi sarees are among the finest saris in India. They are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The saris are made of finely woven silk, are decorated with intricate design, and, because of these, they are relatively heavy. Banarasi saris are mostly worn on important occasions such as attending a wedding and they are expected to be complemented by the best jewelry. No Indian bride’s trousseau is complete without Banarasi sarees. They are grand, rich, opulent and a very must have.
9. Chanderi from Madhya Pradesh
Chanderi saris are produced from three kinds of fabric: pure silk, Chanderi cotton and silk cotton. The saris are among the finest in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk, and opulent embroidery. The sarees have glossy texture and are light weight. A very necessary to say the least.
10. Phulkari from Punjab
Phulkari literally translates to ‘flower work’ and that is exactly what it is. Thread work in bright hues in the shape of flowers. The Phulkari embroidery is usually done on either cotton blends or khadi fabrics. Phulkari is more popular in the form of dupattas. And having atleast one saree in your collection will make it more diverse.
11. Chikankari from Lucknow
If you ever set foot on the soil of Lucknow, you’ll know that Chikankari is something that is exclusive to this town. Chikan is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net, etc. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. Another must have.
We must feel very proud of our heritage to have such rich, old tradition and variety in something as basic as a single piece of clothing; that is a saree.
So, how many of these sarees do you have and how many more do you need to add to your collection to make it more diverse? we would like to hear from you.