There is a common trait amongst we Indians, it doesn’t matter how modern our thinking has become, but we always stay grounded and close to our roots. Even today, no bridal trousseau is complete without the traditional sarees that we all used to envy our moms and grandmas for. If you are a bride, you certainly cannot give these seven traditional sarees a miss. Check it out!
Banarasi sarees are especially made in Banaras or Varanasi. The sarees are well known for its silver and gold brocade work and are very famous all around the world. The brocade embroidery involves very intricate designs which make these sarees nothing less than an exquisite piece of art. The sarees are woven out of pure silk and ornate with elaborate brocade and Zari work which involves floral patterns, motifs, leaves, etc. hence these sarees are a must in every bride’s bridal trousseau.
The Patola sarees originate from Patan in Gujarat. These sarees are hand woven from silk and thus are very expensive and were once worn only by the royalty. The weaving technique is what makes these sarees one of a kind and adds to the cost of it. A Patola saree may take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to get ready, depending on the complexity of the design. Patola sarees involves a dying technique known as Ikat. This technique involves dying the yarns before the weaving so as to create the surface pattern on the yarns even before the weaving starts. This characteristic of the Patola saree is what that makes the difference. If you have a Patola saree in your bridal trousseau, consider yourself very lucky.
These cotton sarees are known for their simplicity and belong to the Dhaniakhali village in West Bengal. The designs of these sarees involve stripes, checks and complementary borders. Dhaniakhali is woven out of thick cotton by the womenfolk off the village. The saree involves a 100 by 100 thread count.
sarees hail from the Chanderi district of Madhya Pradesh. This style of weaving is rather ancient as this is believed to started somewhere in between 2nd and 7th century. According to the mythology it was Lord Krishna’s cousin Shishupal who set up Chanderi. These sarees are basically crafted from three type of fabrics, which include pure silk, Chanderi cotton and silk cotton. These sarees are very light weight and perfect for summers.
It is an embroidery technique which hails from Punjab and means flower work. It involves embroidery on a thick coarse hand woven fabric with a floss silk thread. One of the most distinct characteristic of this embroidery is that it is done on the wrong side of the cloth. Phulkari is mainly done by women. Earlier Phulkari was restricted to only the personal use of the craftswomen only, more like a domestic art. The most preferred base fabric colours are red and shades of it, other colours being blue, brown and green. Usually the pattern involves geometrical shapes but also comprises motifs of parrots and peacocks.
This variety of hand woven sarees belong to the Paithan town in Aurangabad Maharashtra. Crafted from the finest silk, it is considered one of the richest sarees of the country. The designs includes various motifs such as lotus, parrots, peacocks, etc. earlier the sarees were crafted from both cotton and silk, but now it is made from pure silk with no trace of cotton. These sarees look very traditional yet exotic, which is perfect for the present era’s contemporary brides.
These sarees are made by tie-dyeing the warp before the weaving procedure and are handmade. These sarees have their roots in various districts of Orissa. The designs mainly comprises of traditional motifs like chakra, shankha, peacocks and flowers. These sarees may sometimes take several weeks to get ready due to the minute detail work involved in the making of this saree.