Nothing says an Indian woman like saree. I remember raiding my mother’s wardrobe every time we had a saree day in school and college. Today, I have a collection of my own. A saree can immediately make you look all sophisticated ad royal. Here are 16 sarees that every woman needs to have in her cupboard.
Kanjeevaram, Tamil Nadu
Made exclusively in the Kancheepuram area in Tamil Nadu, the Kanjeevaram sarees are made from exclusive mulberry silk thread. They have bright, contrast borders and have temple designs, stripes, checks or buttas over the whole saree.
The quintessential Kerala saree, it is a trademark. The off-white and golden sarees are quite the rage and can basically be worn by anyone. Traditionally, it had pure gold weavings but now the trend has changed. Some colors are also introduced in the saree.
The peacock design is the trademark of Paithani sarees from Maharashtra. It is woven in the towns of Paithan and Yeola near Nashik. Almost every Maharashtrian woman has this saree in her wardrobe.
Bandhani and Lehriya, Gujarat and Rajasthan
Originating from Gujarat and Rajasthan, these sarees are just as colourful as the states. Bandhani and lehriya are the types of designs created by the method of tie-and-dye. They are usually light weight and look very pretty when worn
Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh
Handloom sarees made with a mix of silk and cotton, these are almost translucent and light-weight. Very easy to wear and manage, these sarees will be your best friend if you hate fuss.
Believed to be introduced by the Mughal Begum, Noor Jahan, in India, chikankari embroidery is not limited to only sarees, there are salwar suites and other items as well. The intricate thread work is available in all sorts of materials!
The Bomkai sari is available in cotton, and silk fabrics. Mostly the design of fish is seen in the sari as it is believed to be a sign of success and affluence.
A traditionally hand woven ikat saree, it has motifs of shankha (shell), chakra (wheel), phula (flower), all of which have deep symbolism.
It is one of the finest sarees in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade work. It has Mughal inspired designs such as intricate intertwining floral and foliate motifs, kalga and bel and a string of upright leaves called jhallar at the outer edge of border.
Baluchari, West Bengal
Produced in Murshidabad area of West Bengal, these sarees are world famous for their depiction of Indian mythological epics on it’s pallu.
Taant, West Bengal
These sarees are woven from cotton threads and distinguished by its lightness and transparency and are used for daily use by women in West Bengal. It is usually white in colour with bright red embroidery.
Kantha, West Bengal and Odisha
Kantha is not a material but actually the kind of work. It is very intricate and superior work done all over the saree. The saree looks very regal.
Muga Silk, Assam
Muga silk is known for its extreme durability and has a natural yellowish-golden tint with a shimmering, glossy texture. It is produced from a special larvae and found only in Assam.
Phulkari generally means flowers, this native design of Punjab can be found on sarees, dupattas and salwar suites.
So make a list girls, because I am sure you want to own each one of these sarees!