India is the land of diversity. At every few kilometers, you would find a change in food, a change in language, and a change in clothes. Talking about apparels, there’s one that is worn throughout the country by women, a saree. Sarees are an integral part of Indian culture and traditions and have its roots as back as the Indus valley civilization. Though it was originated as a long garment to be draped around a woman’s body, in the present times, it has many modified forms.
From Kashmir to Kerala, from Rajasthan to Assam, a saree is worn in every corner of the country, though in different draping styles and fabrics. Some sarees are more popular than other. Sarees are one of the most favorite apparel for every woman, not just because of the huge variety in them, but also because they are enormously comfortable to wear and can be worn for any occasion, event, office, college, for daily chores at home, whatsoever. Today, let us know some of the most popular traditional Indian sarees:
From South India: South India is among the leading producers of fine quality silk. South Indian sarees are popularly known for reflecting the ages old tradition of the region through its typical motifs, styles and patterns. Among the most popular south Indian sarees, we have Kanjivaram sarees, Konard sarees, Puttapaka sarees and Gadwal sarees. They come in different styles and colors but are considered one of the most expensive sarees of all. The reason is because they are generally hand woven, using some old woven techniques. They are made of silver threads dipped in gold.
From North and West India: Some of the famous sarees from North India include the Banarasi sarees, Kota Doria Sarees, Jamavar sarees, tissue sarees, Bandhej Sarees, Sikargarh brocade sarees, etc. Out of these Banarasi sarees are considered as one of the best suitable options for brides in North India. They have exquisite zari work in gold and silver and the quality of silk and the embroidery makes them highly sought after. Kota sarees, as the name suggests, are manufactured in the Kota district of Rajasthan. They are one of the lightest sarees, most comfortable for daily wear and are known for their checkered patterns.
From East India: Each region of India has its own uniqueness in the saree patterns and draping style. Among the most popular east India sarees, we have, Sambalpuri Ikar from Orissa, Kantha Silk from West Bengal, Tant sarees from Bengal, and Chiffon sarees from Cooch Behar. These sarees contain symbolic motifs like the shell, the flower, the wheel, etc. Besides, these are especially well known for being tie-dyed.
There are many more east Indian sarees that are worn by the women there as per their traditions on special occasions.