Even though the silhouette of sarees remains the same, there is a massive range of diversity in the gamut. A non-saree wearer might feel one saree is similar to another. But women know, love, and feel one with sarees know well the different types of fabrics and varieties of designs.
Saree is one of the most beautiful ethnic wear that renders its wearer with a peerless ethnic charm. But is all fabrics suitable for all occasions? In this article, we shall discuss different types of sarees and their fabrics.
Various Popular Fabrics of Sarees
- Classy Cotton Sarees
Cotton is one of the most used fabrics in Textile Industries. It has a soft texture and is well absorbent, which makes it the top-pick for summers. Decades back, cotton sarees were used for daily wear, but these days the youth in India prefers to wear hand-woven cotton sarees on occasions as well. Just wear a handloom saree and team it up with heavy jhumkas, and you are good to go. However, for festivals and marriages, the cotton sarees might not be your ideal choice.
- Silk Sarees of Singular Beauty
All women highly revere silks in this country and around the world. Silks are by far the softest and most gentle on skin. Most of the sarees that are designed for festivals are made of silk. In this gamut falls the traditional Kanjivaram, traditional Banarasi, and Baluchari sarees. If you want to look stunning at any occasion, you can drape on a silk saree any day.
Previously, this fabric was almost always accompanied by heavy work and detailing. But latest saree designs in silk sarees come with minimal to no embellishments as well, which makes them perfect for work.
Silk is a versatile fabric, you can wear silk sarees to work, on birthdays, on festivities and weddings. But as they cost higher than most other fabrics and are easily flammable, we don’t recommend you wear silk at home, especially while cooking.
- Glamorous Georgette Sarees
Georgette is made of silk threads but is not as costly. These are super light in texture and costs higher than cotton. Georgettes aren’t as absorbent as cotton, which makes this fabric ideal during the rainy season. It is yet another versatile fabric that can be worn casually and on occasions.
- Charismatic Chiffon Sarees
If you always wanted to look like one of the B-town actresses, then you should add chiffon to your closet. These sarees are super-light and highly delicate. They cannot hold many workings and are plain. The chiffon sarees are ideal for parties and night-outs.
Traditional Sarees and Their Roots
There is a story, taste, and the work of a whole community/clan behind the origin of a particular kind of saree. Let’s have a look at some of the traditional sarees and their roots.
a. Kanjivaram Sarees
Kanjivaram saree is named after the place of its origin- Kanchipuram, a small town in the state of Tamil Nadu. These sarees are woven with the best quality silks. They are then worked upon with threads of silver and gold.
b. Kasavu Sarees
Kasavu sarees are traditional Karelian sarees that are worn during the festival of Chingam. These sarees are plain white drapes with golden borders. They are said to have originated during the times of Buddha and have a Greco-Roman influence.
c. Baluchari Sarees
Baluchari sarees are silk sarees with workings of threads and Zari. These sarees are laden with motifs depicting stories from the mythology. The Baluchari originated in Bishnupur, a small town in West Bengal. These sarees are lovely and are mainly worn by Bengali women in India and Bangladesh.
d. Bandhani Sarees
The Bandhani or Bandhej originated in the parched land of Gujrat. These sarees are made with the technique of tie and dye. It takes skilled workers and several days to make an original bandhani saree.