Nothing like the 6 yards of canvas draped around you, hai na? A canvas that accurately depicts the rich history of art, culture, and folklore, a saree is a force to reckon with. So, let’s dive into the captivating world of silk sarees from across India.
Paithani Hailing from a quaint village in Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the crafting of this saree is a time-consuming and labour-intensive one. This is because of the sheer length of fabric required to weave and create this saree. The weave is perfectly accentuated by traditional motifs like leaves and trees, parrots, and such other designs, which are generally women on its pallu with pure silk gold threads.
Bandhani Originating in Gujarat, the spellbinding colour combinations are bound to leave you mesmerised – colour combos that you perhaps may not have seen or imagined ever before. Contrasting shades and colour blocks galore, another feature that is equally fascinating is the tie-and-dye method for creating the designs on the fabric.
Patola Patolas take ‘elaborate’ to another level due to the complex weaves comprising as many as five varied colours. These are impeccably resist dyed into warp and weft threads that create the beautiful designs that Patolas are widely known for. Its versatility lies in their designs that range from floral, elephant and vegetable patterns to geometric abstract designs.
Muga Silk The saree from Assam enjoys distinctiveness owing to the golden sheen of its fabric, which speaks volumes about the premium quality of its raw silk fibre. The fabric is not dyed but motifs are woven in red, black, green or orange, which look perfect against the golden background.
Baluchari Saree Hailing from Murshidabad in West Bengal, the intricacy of its designs is what sets them apart from the rest. What’s more, the pallu serves as a canvas for depicting stories from mythology like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.