When I was a child, all the women around me were dressed in sarees. As an Indian, it is not uncommon to see everyone in sarees. Aunts, grandmas, cousins were all draped in colourful and gorgeous sarees. A saree can be described as a rectangular piece of unstitched cloth material which is six to nine yards long and two to four feet wide. Typically, we drape a saree around us using a petticoat and couple it with a crop top. The way we drape the saree varies from region to region in India.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I used to be filled with curiosity and admiration for my mom’s saree collection. I used to spend several hours feeling every material and admiring the colours and prints on the sarees.
“Zari” is a type of thread made of gold or silver. It is common to use zari threads to weave the saree, especially near the borders. The pattern that runs along the length of the saree is called the “border” and the elaborate designs at the end of the saree covering the entire width are called the “pallu”. Pallu is also the part of the saree that hangs over the shoulder.
Sarees have different names depending on the kind of material (thread) that is used to weave the fabric, the place from where the weaver’s hail and some times the technique that was used to weave the sarees.
Some traditional saree varieties found in India are Pochampally, Kalamkari, Kanchipuram silk, Mysore silk, Kerala – Kasavu, Sambhalpuri, Ikat, Murshidabad, Batik, Tussar silk, Assam – Muga silk, Paithani, Kolhapuri, Bandhani, Patola, Garchola, Kota, Leheriya, Maheshwari, Chanderi, Bhagalpuri silk, Kuchai silk, Benarasi silk, Chikankari, Phulkari, Kashmiri Kadai etc. Apart from these traditional sarees, the popular ones today are chiffon, georgette, organza, linen etc.
The cost of a saree may depend on different factors: Silk sarees are more expensive compared to cotton. Some sarees have heavy embroidery that requires more material and labour. Sarees from a particular region might have a high demand making them pricier. Labour costs may vary according to the effort that is put.
Different sarees feel different on the skin. Natural fabrics like cotton, kadhi, sheer sarees allow easy passage of air and thus comfortable for hot summers. Velvet and silk sarees are slightly warmer making them favourable for winter. Chiffons and georgettes are light and dry quickly so they are suitable for the monsoon.
Saree colours range from light and delicate shades to bright and vibrant colours. Casual and office wear sarees are either totally devoid of special embellishments like beads, mirrors, embroidery, flashy borders etc. They are either plain coloured or simple printed sarees. The party-wear and wedding sarees are the ones that have a lot of heavy embroideries, zari work, beadwork etc.
I could spend days talking about sarees but I would like to stop here. I want to hear from you. What do you think of sarees? What is your favourite style of clothing? Please comment below and share your opinions. Have a blessed day!
I am a big fan of traditional weavers sarees like Gadwal sarees and Orissa cotton sarees. But, all Indian sarees are bright, vibrant and colourful.
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True! Generally the sarees are bright and colourful. If you are a fan of light, delicate shades and prints georgettes and chiffons have a wonderful collection of light and pastel colour sarees. Parsi Gara sarees have beautiful embroidery on both light coloured sarees and also dark shades.
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Thank you for stopping by and sharing your views. Have a nice day.
Your article is great to read. I would have appreciated a more detailed article, but this is fine nonetheless.
Keep it up!
Hello The Millenial Girl. Thank you for stopping and sharing your views. Have a nice day.
I loved your post, could you do a follow up to give information based on region or state specific sarees? I would love to read that.
Hello aisnikki. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Sure I will try. Have a nice day.
Real zari sarees earlier had intricate patterns of the zari thread made of real gold or silver but now zari sarees are typically not created using expensive true metals. Earlier these metals were much cheaper than they are now. The industrial revolution introduced many developments in techniques, and now zari saris can be classified into three types: real zari saris, imitation zari sarees, and metallic zari sarees.- Looking for latest saree designs– Visit – Mirra clothing
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Its is true that the quality of zari work has changed over time.
This is so well written that I cannot help but simply agree with what you said. Even I love silk sarees so much, especially I love wearing my grandmother’s ages old that still she has maintained so well. There’s a different charm in being able to wear such an heirloom.
Hi Sakura thank for sharing your thoughts. That’s true, I love those old sarees.