Fabrics to look for in your next Saree purchase


The Saree, a simple yet traditional piece of clothing with an embodiment of elegance. This ethnic garb, fits well with any and every occasion, as it gracefully wraps itself around you body making you realize how we have lost touch with our ethnic roots, in the wake of modernization. 

Women of all assortments have found a little bit of home in this elegant and grace-filled attire, that takes them back centuries where mothers, grandmothers, and aunts would be the experts in all things saree related. Hand printed Sarees come in different styles and materials, and with the one rule - if you take care of things, they last.  

FalguniSaree by Resha

India is home to beautiful sarees, and almost every state, city, town and village has their own distinct art of weaving a saree. Many women have sarees that have been passed on to them as heirloom. Unfortunately, today’s busy lifestyle does not allow for much time to take of these priceless possessions, as some may think. Therefore, while buying sarees, one must make sure you treat it with the same respect and care as you treat other clothes and outfits. Sarees last for years if taken good care off, but this is not the only reason they do. Many fabrics, mostly synthetic ones do not last long and are more prone to wear and tear. For an extremely long lasting experience make sure you buy sarees that fall under the organic material categories of cotton and silk. Fabrics such as pure linen, linen cotton blends, pure cotton, organic cotton, mulberry silk, tussar silk and chanderi are popular fabrics that will not let you down in the long run. 

Cotton: 
Cotton is the most preferred fabric for sarees in India, since it’s light and airy. Many sarees are made from pure cotton, cotton blends, organic cotton, Pure linen, Linen cotton and more. They are the most comfortable and easy to drape and handle. Since cotton is an extremely breathable material, it makes for a good choice while choosing sarees for daily wear. Cotton as a fabric, can be experimented with since it absorbs all sorts of dyes and prints easily.It is a strong and versatile fabric, which results in beautiful textures. MaheshwariSaree originates from Madhya Pradesh, it is hand woven and well known for its golden zari work on the borders and the pallu. The MaheshwariSaree is also known as the reversible saree since the saree has a reversible border called bugdi, which can be worn on both sides. The ChanderiSaree is a mix of cotton and silk, originating from Chander is Madhya Pradesh. These Sarees are known for their sheer texture, lightweight and glossy-ness. This Saree originates from bengal, and is a delicate muslin cloth adorned with decorative motifs which are often a mixture of gold thread woven against a white, off-white or grey bases, with a touch of grace and beauty. This is a very light-weight saree, popular for its square-shaped patterns and motifs. As the name suggests, it is made in Kota, Rajasthan. They are pure cotton sarees, sometimes also make in silk. 

Silk: 

No occasion in India is complete without a silk saree. Whether it be as heavy as a Kanjeevaram or as light as Uppada. Silk Sarees are a beautiful choice for a radiant look. Some of the most popular Indian Silk sarees are Raw Silk and Tussar Silk. The unique texture of Raw silk makes the fabric more delicate, so it needs to care for a lot. It naturally has a dull gold sheen, which is why it is so popular. Tussar silk is produced and manufactured in Bhagalpur, making Madhya Pradesh the hotspot for Raw Silk Sarees. Kantha or KathaaSarees gets its name from a weaving technique in Bengal, from where it originates. It is made from a type of running stitch embroidery that covers the entire length of the saree in motifs, designs, and patterns (mostly geometrical). Banarasi Silk sarees are one of the finest breeds of sarees found in India. It is known for its opulent gold and silver brocade work, beautiful motifs inspired by Mughal designs and are usually worn at special occasions. The Patola Silk saree comes from Gujarat and its popularity is because it is made by a double stitch weave or a double ikat technique giving the saree beautiful geometric shapes and patterns. Kanchipuram Silk Sarees are considered to be of the highest quality sarees and are woven naturally. They can be distinguished by the wide contrast borders that are woven with heavy silk or gold yarns. 

There are also Half and Half Sarees that fall under the evening wear category. They are usually made of two or more fabrics combined to make one saree. Most net sarees are combined with silk, velvet, jacquard or brocade. Additional work and rich embellishments of applique and zari work make these sarees a great option to be worn at festive occasions. 

Sarees are great for any occasion. The best part of sporting a saree is not just the style factor, but the comfort it offers. Sarees are also extremely versatile pieces of garments and have been looked at as symbols of grace and femininity for centuries, and nothing can make you feel more elegant than a well-draped saree.

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