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Ethnic Indian Sarees

Orissa - Silk Sarees

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.

Kerala - Cotton Sarees

Gujarat - Silk 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.

Andhra pradesh (and Telangana) - Silk Sarees

Gadwal Cotton and Silk Sarees
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.

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.

Generic - Cotton Sarees

Tamil Nadu - Cotton Sarees

Uttar Pradesh - Cotton Sarees

Assam - Silk Sarees

Muga Silk Sarees ↗

The rich heritage, Prestigious and ageless silk, the Muga

Located on the banks of mighty river Brahmaputra, from few years back Sualkuchi Handloom industry is center for weaving and labor intensive industry for weaving and encompasses cotton textile, silk textile and Khadi fabrics as well and known as the Manchester of the East, Kamrup district of Assam. Sualkuchi is heavenly kingdom for weaving and the looms are found in almost very home in the villages of Assam and depending on the design, patterns and complexity it would take around six or more days to weave one beautiful masterpiece saree. The economy of this place is mainly dependent of handlooms, not only Tanti community of Tantipara are weaving this craft but also other communities like Garo community of Assam, fishermen and Brahmin communities also are engaged in weaving, the official languages are Assamese, Bodo and Bengali and renowned for Assam tea and Assam silk.

Madhya Pradesh - Cotton 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

Madhya Pradesh - Silk 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
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.

Orissa - Cotton Sarees

Pasapali Cotton Sarees ↗

64 squares in a saree game?

Inspired by Game of Thrones this season, what a way to start, chuckles! Their black and white squares that resembles a chess board, oh yeah I am talking about Pasapali handloom sarees, from Bargarh district of Odisha, the name Pasapali is derived from pasa or gambling games using chess board, these gorgeous sarees have intricate checks patterns of contrast colors resembling the chess boards which gives it such name and traditional square design. Its a feast for any saree connoisseur to have one. Masterpieces sarees are woven in the regions of Barpali, Sonepur and Baunshri. The word 'Pasapalli' is derived from the word 'Pasa' which means board game with four clear parts much like Ludo, Chess or even Pachisi is a ancient Indian board game, the name denotes the main theme of the Pasapali sarees.

Generic - Silk Sarees

Printed 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!

Tamil Nadu - Silk Sarees

Kanchipuram Silk Sarees
Kanchipuram Silk Sarees ↗

My Trousseau, Kanchipuram silk saree

Kanchipuram is also known as Kanchi/Kachiped/Kancheepuram. Kanchipuram is a district in the northeast of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Kanchipuram nickname is called as "The City of Thousand Temples' and served as the capital city of the Pallava Kingdom.

The south Indian women are not complete without a lustrous Kanchipuram saree. With bright contrasting borders. During occasions such as Diwali (or Deepavali), Pongal, weddings and festivals, only Upper-caste families used to purchase of many silk saris. Current trends on Kanchipuram sarees, silver is being used in addition to gold. The famous 'Kamakshi Amman Temple' is a must if you are visiting Kanchipuram place the deity here is Parvati.

Arni Silk Sarees ↗

My craving hunt for Bold and Bright hues I discovered Arani silk, Sarees are my passion

Apart from magnificent Kanchipuram silk sarees and Kanchi Cotton Sarees, I had no idea what are all the varies types of sarees which are from Tamil Nadu to be frank, although I am a huge enthusiast of Handwoven traditional sarees.

Rajasthan - Cotton Sarees

Uttar Pradesh - Silk Sarees

Karnataka - Cotton Sarees

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.

Gujarat - Cotton 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.

Andhra pradesh (and Telangana) - Cotton Sarees

Guntur Sarees ↗

The finest spicy Grandmother's attire, nostalgic saree!

Each thread narrates of a story that weaves into a magical saree, red hot Guntur city lies on the south eastern side of Hyderabad in Guntur district of Indian, state of Andhra Pradesh. This city residents are referred as Gunturians, purest forms of the language can be heard here is Telugu(regional language), English and Hindi are widely spoken as well. One can see largest Asian market for red chillies here, this place is main producer and renowned globally for exporting of most varieties of Chillies and chilli powder from India to countries like USA, UK, Latin America, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South Korea. Majority of Indians a dish lacking in spice or without chillies is unfathomable. Andhra cuisine is famous for its extremely good dishes and the chilli responsible for this is the Guntur Sannam(Capsicum annuum)that's the secret behind Andra spicy dishes. If you are in Guntur, than one should not leave the city without tasting authentic super spicy Guntur’s famous "Red chilli biryani", I can say, taste buds on fire! Guntur is also famous for Gongura pickle (Roselle is a plant) the leaf is used for pickling, writing about food oh my goodness I go crazy, it's a never endling story, lets see now about saree.

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.

Pochampally Sarees and Fabric
Pochampally Sarees and Fabric ↗

Pochampally sarees are sheer delight for women! Magnificent Pochampally saree is called by varies names such as Pogudubandhu or Pochampalli Ikat, is a saree crafted in Bhoodan Pochampally, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district, Telangana State, India. Pochampally, the village was renamed to Bhoodan Pochampally. This small traditional handloom village magnificently showered and surrounded by hills, lush green fields, temples, Pochampally makes up for an exciting destination to spend one’s heart. This village is around 45Km away from Hyderabad.Telangana is one of the ancient Ikat weaving centers in India.Pochampally Ikat sarees was mainly popularized during 80's.Pochampally silk saree boasts of blending comfort and popularly known as tie and dye weave, one can see century old traditional looms here.

Gadwal Cotton and Silk Sarees (Kupadam or Kumbbam sarees)
Gadwal Cotton and Silk Sarees (Kupadam or Kumbbam 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.