"The saree is synonymous with women in the Indian subcontinent. With roots that go back to the 14th century, it is perhaps the oldest surviving clothing. What might completely surprise you is the fact that the saree, the beacon of femininity, actually originated from men’s wear. Statues and idols found from the Indus Valley Civilization depicts both men and women draped in dhoti with bare torsos. The simple loin cloth is the precursor of the gorgeous sarees that we know today.
Over the centuries, sarees have undergone massive changes in textures, varieties and draping styles. Every region in the country boasts of at least a couple of variety of sarees and each saree is accompanied by a fascinating history and lineage. Broadly sarees can be classified into the material they are woven of. Even today, the most popular textiles are silk and cotton. Cotton sarees are extremely good for legendary Indian summers. They are light and airy, and can be worn by women who undertake a lot of physical activity. In fact, most classic forms of dance and martial arts practised by women in India are done in a saree. Nothing matches the grace that a saree delivers when worn properly. Silk sarees are the crown jewels of any woman’s wardrobe. Exclusively reserved for special occasions like festivals, weddings, pujas, etc., designer silk sarees can never fail to impress with their effortless elegance. In fact, for Hindu brides, it is mandatory that they wear heavy silk sarees in brilliant shades of red and gold like Kanjeevarams and Banarasi sarees. Other silks that are prized are tussar, muga, Bangalore silk, mangalgiri, uppada silks, to just name a few. Modern times have also seen the emergence of other materials for designer sarees like chiffon, net, tissue, georgette and velvet. Designer sarees today come in combinations of any of the above to create exclusive designer pieces.
Sarees can also be differentiated by the weaving technique and the work on it. From ikat to paithani, tie and dye to block printing, there are umpteen techniques that are used by skilled weavers to make exclusive designer pieces. If one is looking for exclusive sarees in latest designs, opt for ethnic styles like Patola, Chanderi, Maheshwari, Bandhani, Gharchola, Panetar, Kota Doria, Phulkari, Jamavar, Tanchoi, Amru, Phulkari among others. Handloom sarees are favourites of saree connoisseurs for the immense amount of effort, skill and time that is poured into making just one saree. Handloom sarees like patola can take months or even years to complete and are prized at lakhs. Each saree is a story in itself of the skills of generations of craftsmen. Though most forms are ancient, these craftsmen have incorporated various changes keeping the changing times in mind. For example, silk in itself is very expensive and cannot be afforded by all, hence, weavers have incorporated cotton threads in the silk weft to create silk cotton, which is a more pocket friendly option. Traditionally most designs are inspired from floral and animal motifs like tendrils, flowers, lotus, peacock, elephants, etc. In areas that have plenty of fortresses and temples, designs inspired by the royal architecture are incorporated in the sarees. Drapes from Madhya Pradesh like Maheshwaris have chequered window like designs that is its distinctive feature.
Designer sarees have undergone considerable metamorphosis over the years. Changing fashion trends have reflected in this timeless drape as designers continue to experiment with it. Weddings are a time when designer sarees become the call of the hour. Designer bridal sarees have beautiful embroidery work on them and are often encrusted with precious and semi-precious stones, as per the bride’s requirement. Gold and silver zari work are more common and never fail to disappoint in terms of regal elegance. These days, pre-stitched designer sarees are quite popular as they make draping a saree easier and less time consuming. The lehenga saree is a very popular type of designer saree and is the perfect cross between these two classic drapes. The skirt has a pleated front which mimics the flow of the saree while the dupatta is thrown over like the pallu of a saree. Latest designer sarees display techniques like Kalamkari, Leheriya, Batik, Ajrakh, Dabu, among others. Mixing and matching unusual craft forms is high on the trend list now. A designer Kalamkari saree may be paired with a Gujarati brocade blouse, or a classic georgette saree may be embellished in beautiful Parsi work. Geometric patterns are extremely popular with the youth of today as these look classy and edgy at the same time.
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