Sarees are my passion
Sarees are my passion

Ethnic Indian Sarees


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Karnataka - Cotton Sarees

Patteda Anchu handloom cotton Saree

Life to the an­cient looms an exclusive weave Patteda Anchu

I remember and recollect my childhood memories, I was just nutty about cotton sarees and fabrics, not only for comfort but for simplicity. I always love to be seamless in the crowd! My passion grew regardless of the age for hand-loom sarees, today I'm here to share one more simple weave from Karnataka called Patteda Anchu handloom cotton saree.

Traditional hand-loom sarees from Karnataka are Ilkal sarees, Molakalmuru sarees in addition to it Patteda Anchu cotton saree which joins the loop, these simple weaves is from Gajendragarh village in Gadag District.


Ilkal Cotton and Silk Sarees

Contemporary Ilkal sarees goes on a delightful weaves!

The most down to earth yet vibrant colors are seen in traditional attire of Ilkal, Ilkal is a small town, this town is located in the South-East part of Bagalkote district, Karnataka state, India. This place is very hot during the summers but has a pleasant weather during the winters. The language of communication here is Kannada. Ilkal was an ancient weaving centre and known for renowned handloom sarees. The main source of income comes from the 'Red granite' which is exported all around the world, while Ilkal sarees are secondary source of income for the people residing over there since generations. The availability of local raw materials helped in the growth of this saree.


Molakalmuru Cotton and Silk Sarees

Ancestral Molakalmuru with a modern twist!

Molakalmuru is a village panchayat town in Chitradurga district,Karnataka state, India. Molakalmuru is best known for its hand-woven silk sarees of exquisite design and craftsmanship It is said Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV (Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar) during his visit to the place in 1914, he appreciated the finesse of these sarees. Molakalmuru means broken knees in Kannada(native regional language), according to a local legend, the town was thus named after a battle between the native Indians and the British, in which due to the rocky and hilly terrain behind the city, the British suffered many broken knees in their losing battle. which surrounds this town. Today it is just a history, historians believe that this name is merely a symbolic reference to the broken pride of the British. World famous for its renowned silk sarees as weaving is the major occupation of the place.


Banahatti Cotton Sarees

The most simplistic and minimalist hidden weaves from Karnataka is Banahatti Cotton Saree, I just loved the texture of the fabric, it's like linen saree? I don't know what more can I say about this saree. Well it is more deserved to seen in my Youtube video, do check it out!


Hubli Cotton Sarees

One of the most traditional sarees which I had seen apart from Ilkal saree is Hubli cotton sarees, due extreme humidity generally localities adore this saree for daily bases. This is one of the simple weaves but I totally in love with this saree, the texture of the saree is so soft due to the high count of cotton yarn used.


Orissa - Silk Sarees

Bomkai sarees or Sonepuri Sarees

Immersed in traditional spun

A hint of tradition, one of the classy handloom saree from Odisha state called Bomkai sarees, these sarees are also called by Sonepuri sarees, produced in the village of Bomkai in Ganjam district, India. Bomkai sarees is named after the village Bomkai. The community who is involved in weaving these handloom sarees are 'Bhulia' community of Subarnapur district. GI tag is been provided for 'Bomkai Saree & Fabrics'. People here are very friendly, medium of communication here is Odia.


West Bengal - Silk Sarees

Dhakai Jamdani, Dhakai

Delicate devotion and passion, lies sophisticated threads

Jamdani is one of the finest muslin textiles of Bengal, produced in Dhaka District, Bangladesh for centuries. Jamdani originally known as 'Dhakai' named after the city of Dhaka, is called by varies names such as popularly known as "Dhakai Jamdani" or simply "Dhakai". The word ‘jamdani’ is believed to be of Persian origin, 'Jam', meaning flower and 'Dani' meaning vase or a container, named after decorative floral patterns which discovered from Dhakai textile. This unique hand technique of weaving was called jamdani in the old days, while the weave was called Dhakai, these sarees are traditionally woven around on the brocade loom. These beautiful intricate weaves are available in mediums such as cotton and silk. One of the most expensive product of Dhaka looms, Jamdani requires the most dedicated and passionate weaver and during olden days only royal families were able to afford such luxuries.


Baluchari Sarees

Invoking the magic of spectacular, Baluchari sarees

This beautiful garment is worn by women across India and Bangladesh. The origin of these sarees and roots dates back in Bengal, later produced in Murshidabad, but currently 'Bishnupur' town of 'Bankura district' and its surrounding places of West Bengal. Baluchar town from where it derives its name as Baluchari sarees. This marvelous place is famous for its exquisite terracotta temples and Malla Shree Krishna Raslilla. Beautifully made 'terracotta craft' is well known in this place. People here predominantly speak Bengali.


Generic - Silk Sarees

Printed Silk Sarees

Silk is one of the oldest fabrics in India, it was only used in royal garments these days everyone are able to afford it, because of its cost-effectiveness and contemporary look. Printed silk refers to a length of silk yarn or a silk fabric, which consists of patterns and designs in the form of prints on them. Printed silk initially showcased a number of unusual motifs such as geometric prints, splash of color and lately introduced in fine art in India. The motifs and prints of printed silk is being influenced from Bollywood, pop-culture and creative modern art. You can see prints on silks that have diversified over the years and modern sarees and other ethnic Indian garments that are created specifically to cater to younger. What I noticed in printed silk is it is flawless, more versatile, lightweight, contemporary and a statement attire. Warli print(tribal art) is being incorporated in printed silk. Recent trends on printed silk being used in varies products such as suit pieces, dupattas, stoles, crop tops etc This is my mom's twenty-one year old saree, you can see in the portrait emerald green saree, you can see the flash of colors which are inspired by pop art, used colors and themes. The second saree is chocolate brown, white and Floral prints and pink. The chocolate brown and half white is been inspired art from floral prints, after seeing these sarees what I remember is my childhood crop tops with floral prints, it gives a pleasant and feels like a fairy tale!


Gujarat - Silk Sarees

Bandhani Sarees or Bandhej Sarees

Patola Sarees Cotton and Silk

Exquisite craftsmanship, the treasured intensity of colorful art

During olden days these sarees were much in demand and loved by aristocratic and royal families. The traditional double ikat Patola which originates from Patan, small little town which is north of Ahmedabad in Gujarat state. Creating designs by tyeing knots on warp and weft, it takes around three to four months to prepare tie and dyed on warp and weft threads for one saree. Patola saree art was much of labour-intensive, with the combined effort of four weavers, it would take anywere around a six months to a year to weave a masterpiece saree from the scratch, its perseverance in doing it from the time of process of dying that is the reason it was too expensive, and was worn only by the royal and upperclass, who were able to pay for opulence. The attention of technique of weaving these colorful sarees was only taught to son to carry forward. Patola sarees are not just sarees they are top handcrafted ones with excellence. Behind the masterpieces the community who is involved in weaving these sarees are Hindu Salvi caste. It is said that locally the Patola silk saree would be given as a gift to the bride at her ceremony. Owning to its distinct colors, designs and the richness of the fabric.


Madhya Pradesh - Silk Sarees

Maheshwari Sarees

Chanderi Sarees

Exotic fragrance of Jasmine and my luxurious Chanderi

Chanderi town is a highly renowned for its rich heritage, surrounded by hills southwest of the Betwa River in Ashoknagar district, Madhya Pradesh state, India Well known for the handwoven traditional sarees, these are mostly popular for the elite class and favorable choice of Queens in India as they are a bit expensive and one can see major center of Jain culture. Artisan community involved in the production of "Chanderi silk", a diverse mix of various communities namely Kohlis and the Muslim Julaha community. Traditional weaving culture was available during 13th century, Initially, the weavers were Muslims, later in 1350 the Koshti weavers from Jhansi migrated to Chanderi and settled here, during the Mughal period, Chanderi fabric business been recognize and started booming. The production of Chanderi has been protected by India as a Geographic Indication (GI). Official Languages of Chanderi is Hindi and Bundelkhandi. The main occupation of the people of Chanderi is handicraft.

Chanderi fabric is available in three mediums namely:

  • Pure Chanderi silk
  • Chanderi cotton
  • Chanderi silk cotton

Karnataka - Silk Sarees

Ilkal Silk Sarees

Decoding the traditional handloom of Ilkal

Remote corner in the state of south India is famous for its traditional handloom attire called Ilkal silk sarees and Ilkal cotton sarees, named after after the town Ilkal, in Bagalkot district of Karnataka state, these traditional handwoven sarees are GI protected craft of India. Ilkal is famous for red granite stone and traditional Ilkal sarees. Localites out here are very friendly and they speak Kannada(regional language of the state), one of the main source income of this place is weaving these handwoven evergreen classic sarees. If one happens to peep around in this place, almost all house are engaged in weaving these sarees, their is no discrimination done, both men and woven are engaged in weaving to make their livelihood. Major centres of weaving is from villages of Ilkal, Kolhar, Kamatgi and Nidagundi at the Bijapur district and many of them have their own loom at home.


Mysore Silk Sarees

Melting Mysore pak to butter-soft Mysore silks

It is called as City of Palaces, the cultural capital of Karnataka, heritage palaces, magnificent buildings, art galleries, and monuments. Mysore has lent its name from renowned dishes like Mysore Masala Dosa which leaves me craving for melting dessert called Mysore Pak(sweet-dessert). Mysore, the original name of this city was 'Mahishapura' which is derived from the demon named Mahishasura. Mysore officially renamed as Mysuru is one of the districts in Karnataka state.


Andhra pradesh (and Telangana) - Silk Sarees

Uppada Jamdani Silk Sarees

Narayanpet Sarees

The Gods, Goddesses and Narayanpet sarees

This Beautiful small little town is renowned for exclusive splendid handloom silk and cotton sarees, Narayanpet in Mahbubnagar district, Telangana state, India. Primary source of income for people here is from weaving sarees. This charming place is extremely hot in summer and cold in winter. Since it's a business hub for sarees people known many regional languages such as Telugu, Kannada, Urdu, Marathi and of course English as well. Narayanpet sarees is known for its durability, affordability and lower maintainance. In this modern age of Indo-western twist and fast fashion outfits, Narayapet saree still remains classy.


Mangalagiri Cotton and Silk Sarees

Mangalagiri Sarees and Fabrics are produced by performing handicraft weaving in Mangalagiri, a town in Guntur district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.Mangalgiri was always known for its pilgrimage importance because of the famous temple of Lord Panakala Narasimha Swamy that is located in the heart of the town. Mangalgiri located 12 kms away from Vijayawada. It was registered as one of the handicraft in the geographical indication from Andhra Pradesh by Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, in the year 1999.


Gadwal Cotton and Silk Sarees

The Empire of south, traditional handloom Gadwal sarees

I was listening to "Keith Urban-Little Bit Of Everything" how pleasant it is ha? I want little bit gold, earthy cotton and lavish silk of everything, flashed me glorious Gadwal saree, which has little bit of everything! Gadwal a place known for harmonious coexistence of the cultures, situated between the rivers 'Tungabhadra' and 'Krishna' of Mahbubnagar district, Telangana state, India. Gadwal is one of the popular historical places to visit around Hyderabad. Gadwal fort or Nalla somanadri fort, built during 17th century by the gadwal ruler Peda Soma Bhupaludu(Somanadri) is a cultural heritage landmark. Gadwal fort was constructed with huge walls and moats around the fort which made the Gadwal fort very strong and impregnable since its construction with huge walls all around, this fort has three ancient temples namely Sri Chennakesava swamy temple, Sri Venugopala swamy temple, Sri Ramalayam and Sri Chennakesava temple is grand with large temple tower, stone mandapa and beautiful carvings.


Venkatagiri Cotton and Silk Sarees

Venkatagiri sarees or Rajamatha sarees.

Venkatagiri is a small town situated in Nellore district, Andhra pradesh state, India. History of venkatagiri sarees dates back to 1700s, during the rule of Venkatagiri, the masterweaver handcrafted these sarees, specially curated for queens, royal ladies and zamindaris. these sarees were purchased for such handsome amounts that the weavers could survive with that sum of money for almost a year until they got their next order. Exclusive designs were made by the weavers on special order for the upper class only. Much of a boost and encouragement given to these sarees, by the Velugoti dynasty of Nellore and also by the Bobbili and Pithapuram dynasties, back then.


Dharmavaram Silk Sarees

Chirala Cotton and Silk Sarees

A Coastal town, situated in Prakasam District in the state of Andhra Pradesh called Chirala, this town was also known as 'Kshirapuri'. Chirala town is renowned for handlooms. Years passed by, the town gained popularity for its excellent handloom sarees known for the softness and durability. The name Chirala means saree in Telugu and so eventually the name of the town got transformed to Chirala. Main occupation of this village is handloom weaving and paddy cultivation.

The weavers of Chirala produce, cotton sarees, seico sarees which are a fine blend of cotton and silk fibres and kuppadam(Gadwal type), Generally in Chirala they use 'Fly shuttle loom' is been used. Handloom fabrics of Chirala are soft and most comfortable to wear which suites all the climate, hand butta is another fascinating design feature of Chirala sarees, where colours are manually added in-between the zari design. This artistic lineage is carried forward by the weavers belonging to areas like Devanga, Padmasali and Pattusali community of weavers community.


Tamil Nadu - Cotton Sarees

Chettinad Cotton Sarees (Kandaangi Sarees)

Land of vibrant colors, handcrafted tiles, majestic architectural mansions, being a food and saree lover nothing is less while I walk you through the journey of ultimate heaven of sarees and foods!

Karaikudi is known as the capital of Chettinad, Chettinad in southern Tamil Nadu is a region of the Sivaganga district that is known for weaving the Chettinad sarees. The people here are very friendly and invite people with a warm smile, the language of communication here is Tamil. Chettinad is the home of the Nattukottai Chettiars(Nagarathar), this community faithfully follow traditions. The major communities involved in weaving Chettinad cotton sarees are Devanga Chettiyars, who are the skilled weavers from ancient days.


Madurai Sungudi sarees

Blessed Sungadi cotton sarees by Madurai Meenakshi

On the banks of charming 'Vaigai river' the beautiful Madurai city is localled, the district, in Tamil Nadu state, India, this place is referred and called by various names 'Madurai', 'Koodal', 'Malligai Maanagar', 'Naanmadakoodal' and 'Thirualavai'. During 16th century due to economic crisis weavers from 'Saurashtra' and 'Gujarat' migrated to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring states and some of them settled down in inviting 'Madurai'. These 'Saurashtrians' are highly skilled manufacturers of beautifully crafted fine silk garments and were patronized by Kings and their families, they were called by 'Patnulkarans' the Tamil name by which these people is well known in southern India.


Kanchi Cotton Sarees

Coimbatore Cotton Sarees

Maharashtra - Silk Sarees

Paithani Sarees


Sarees are my passion - v3.16 :: Updated: 22-Nov-2018 :: © 2019 :: Author: Bindu Lakshmi