A close look at Indian Handloom Sarees – Desi Festival Occasion sarees
Saree or Sari is the traditional attire of Indian women that is usually of length varying from 5 to 8 meters depending on the saree type. Saree is worn along with a blouse and a skirt and is usually draped around the body forming beautiful pleats near the waist and the shoulder. A saree can be worn in ‘n’ number of ways based on the saree type and the design. Although it is difficult to drape a saree compared to other western/Indian outfits, it adds a desi beautiful touch to the woman wearing it. 🙂
Sarees have been worn by Indian women since like forever. 😐 Most Indian women now may have moved to western outfits because of the comfort factor. Still, we love to do a make over and wear our traditional saree for parties, festivals, family get togethers and temple-visits. 😀 Having seen my mom, grand ma & great grand ma wearing sarees all day long and how beautiful they looked on sarees, I am also trying to follow their tradition of wearing sarees at least for special occasions. 😐
Sarees can be worn in many ways and each state in India has it’s own unique way. You can identify the region of a person from the way they wear it (if you know your ways around sarees). South Indian women drape the top pleats from right to left and North Indian women (Not all of them) wear from left to right. In a few regions, the pallu is dropped at the back and in the rest, it’s dropped at the front. But, all such styles would carry an elegance and beauty. 🙂
Traditionally, sarees are made by weavers with cotton and silk threads. With the expansion of knowledge in printing and design techniques, the textile industry had taken a giant leap into power loom. Most sarees are now made with power loom. It’s quick and numerous designs can be made with power loom. Yet, handloom sarees are most wanted by Indian women because of the unique design and the perfection the weavers brought into the sarees.
Handloom sarees are made by weavers (it’s a small scale industry in India created for the welfare of the rural people) and have gorgeous and unique designs. Of course, there’s a lot of manual work in handloom sarees compared to power loom ones. But, they are totally worth it. Here, threads are woven by the workers in vertical-shaft looms powered by hand to make a sari. Finishing an authentic handloom saree might take from a couple of days to weeks based on the saree design and zhari pattern.
As you know, each state in India is renowned for it’s very own handloom sarees. The most famous among them in India are Kanjivaram/Kancheepuram sarees, Chanderi handloom sarees, Paithani Sarees & Banarasi Sarees. With the borders made of gold & silver zari and the use of finest quality of silk have made these sarees so exquisite. My grandpa follows a tradition of buying us all silk sarees with silver Zari/Jhari work for Diwali. Handloom silk sarees are more popular than other varieties, as it’s believed that the pattu (silk) can keep your body calm and cool. That’s why it’s being suggested to wear on weddings & family functions to reduce the stress. 🙂
Indian Handloom Sarees – Desi Festival Occasion sarees
Kanjivaram sarees/ Kancheepuram silk sarees:
Kanjivaram silk sarees take their name from the place – Kanchipuram/Kanjeepuram of Tamil Nadu where silk sarees are being woven for centuries now. Mulberry silk threads are used to weave these type of sarees. The border, pallu and body designs are quite different from one another with designs made of gold/silver zari. Such Kancheepuram sarees are believed to be very auspicious and that’s why they are being worn on South Indian weddings. Such kanchipuram silk sarees are woven as three separate parts and put together finally, which makes it unique to wear for special occasions. Click here to buy authentic kanjivaram handloom sarees from the renowned brand Jharonka.
Suitable Occasions to wear kanchipuram pattu : Weddings, Festivals, Auspicious days and temple visits.
Banarasi sarees take their name from the place Kasi/Varanasi (holy city of India) and are also called Benaras pattu/ Banaras silk. Banarasi type handloom sarees are made with finely woven Kattan silk fabrics with intricate design patterns. These fine silk varieties are one of the best choices to wear at weddings and other festivals. Authentic banarasi sarees have heavy works and tend to be heavy.
Suitable Occasions to wear Banarasi silk sarees: Weddings
Such Chanderi Sarees take their name from the place Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh. They are woven from cotton, silk and the mixed silk cotton fabrics. These type sarees are available for all occasions from daily wear to party or festival based on the fabric. Such sarees would have faboulous designs woven as a chanderi pattern using silk zaris.
Suitable Occasions to wear Chanderi Sarees:
Silk Chanderi: Weddings, Festivals, Auspicious days and temple visits
Cotton Chanderi: Daily wear, Office wear
Silk Cotton Chanderi: Daily wear/Office wear if it’s simple. If more Jhari work is there, it can be worn for weddings, festivals, auspicious days and temple visits.
Paithani Sarees are made in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. They are made with silk and gold threads. They are generally hand loomed with plain or spotted design with peacock motif in pallu as square patterns. It’s actually not restricted to peacock designs, though it’s characterized so.
Suitable Occasions to wear paithani sarees: Parties/Temples
We have listed here the types of sarees that are mostly preferred by Indian women for special occasions. There are several other types of sarees worn for different occasions too. Chiffon and cotton sarees are very cheap and are worn everyday by Indian women. When it comes to special occasions, they prefer the heavy work types and silk ones that we have listed above. Such sarees can be heavy, gorgeous and costly. Nowadays, we get soft silk and silk cotton as replacement for silk sarees. They are comfortable to wear and also have a nice desi look.
If you are looking for party wear sarees, you can try out tussar silk, crepe, fancy embroidery sarees, designer sarees with stones/chamki work, netted sarees, Georgette sarees etc. You could also check out lehengas and half-saree pattern sarees to wear for receptions. There are so many online shops out there to serve your needs. If you are specifically looking for handloom sarees, we recommend you to check out Jharonka online store.
This post is sponsored by Jharonka, a great online store for sarees, especially authentic handloom sarees. I have surfed through the Jharonka website and the handloom sarees collections are awesome. 🙂 You can see it from the photos here. I think they are a bit pricey but I hope it would totally worth it. 🙂 There are several silk/casual sarees available for nominal price also. Please check out their website for more details.
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