Sari, a traditional garment worm by many women in India attributes to approximately 30 percent textile production in the country. Leaving aside textile mills there are over hundreds of centres manufacturing sari, also there are numerous kinds of fabrics and weaving techniques, dying methods, different patterns, prints and embellishing styles, motifs, colours etc. These different style and patterns have set a style statement over the years.
History of Saris
The origins of saris are ambiguous, owing to the fact that there are very few historical records in India. The origin of a sari can be dated back to Indus Valley Civilization and there is different evidence available for the same. The Indian Sari is over 5000 years old as it was first mentioned in Rig Veda.
Different kinds of fabrics used for saris
There are distinctive types of Indian sari fabrics and the common ones used are cotton, georgette, chiffon, crepe and silk. Cotton saris are light weight and are easy to maintain. It is usually preferred in summers. Georgette saris are made up of nylon and polyester and the fabric is very graceful. The texture is soft and delicate and comfortable at the same time.
Chiffons are considered very elegant and the fabric is very fine and often made of nylon and silk. Different prints and pattern and shades only add beauty to this elegant fabric. Common prints sold are block prints, resham work woven on it, bandhani style, and gold embroidery looks absolutely stunning. Crepe is used in saris as the fabric is very fine and light fabric woven into silk and at the same time fashionable.
Silk unquestionably is an evergreen fabric. There is a wonderful range in silk sari right from Kanjeevaram to Patola, Banarasi and Mysore silk. This fabric demands extra care. Steam press is suggested for silk.
Other categories of fashionable fabric used for Indian saris include Linen, Satin, Velvet, Organza, Crush and many more.
Indian saris: Specialities from different regions
A variety of stunning saris come from different regions such as Gujarat, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Western Madhya Pradesh. The typical feature of the sari from the above mentioned regions is the dyeing of saris rather than weaving techniques. Also the three main types of Indian resist-dyeing block printing, tie & dye and ikkat have originated here. Using different colours, fabric, weave and embellishments help in enhancing the elegance of these saris. There is an unlimited option when it comes to wearing saris. Each style of sari is particular to the state it comes from and can be easily identified by those who wear them.
Saris from west India
Rajasthan: Bandhani , Kota Doria
Gujarat: Patola, Tanchoi Saree
Madhya Pradesh : Chanderi , Maheshwari
Saris from North India
Uttar Pradesh: Banaras Brocade, Chickan Saris
Saris from South India
Tamil Nadu: Kanjeevaram Sari
Andhra Pradesh: Gadwal Saree
Saris from East India
Orissa: Ikat sari, orissa bomkai sari, Bandha, Pasapalli
West Bengal: Tant, Tangail, Baluchari, Dhonekhali, Katha, Ikat
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