This wedding season is unlike any other! With an increasing number of new-age couples opting for intimate at-home weddings, it’s time for you to revamp your wardrobe too. And what better than reaping the benefits of India’s vast and rich legacy of art and craftsmanship? So, if you have an upcoming home wedding to attend and feel that turning up in your favourite designer lehenga will deem you quite ‘overdressed’ for the occasion (you don’t want to be looking like a prospective bride yourself!) here are seven great saree choices that boast of an ancient and preserved legacy from across this dynamic landscape.
Take a look at these unique traditional sarees and get geared up to nail your look:
Made from one of the finest qualities of silk, Paithani is a type of saree named after the town of Paithan in Maharashtra where it was first handmade. Characterized by its oblique square design borders and intricate peacock motifs on the pallu, it holds the distinction of being one of the most expensive saree types due its meticulously rich craftsmanship and high quality silk!
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Boasting of a rich legacy of karigari, this double ikat weaving style saree originated in Patan, Gujarat. The complex process of dyeing the threads of this saree result in a very long process and time (six months to one year) involved in making one Patola saree render it highly expensive and revered. Floral designs, geometric patterns and dancing figures are some of the motifs that are used on the saree.
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Kanchi or Kanchipuram silk saree originated in Tamil Nadu in the town of Kanchipuram. Woven from pure mulberry silk, these sarees are distinguished by their rich contrast borders. Additionally, temple designs, checkered stripes, birds, animals, nature elements and floral patterns are some of the motifs found on Kanchipuram sarees.
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Prominently worn by the women in the eastern states of India and present-day Bangladesh, Kantha saree derives its name from a unique type of embroidery that features on the saree and goes by the same name. Known for their aesthetic appeal and rich legacy of craftsmanship, these sarees are available today in stunning versions replete with extraordinary embroidery.
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The art of Chanderi is a beauteous gift from Central India to the rest of the land. Chanderi silk sarees are known for their traditional ethnic fabric that are lightweight and soft on the skin. Inspired by the history of the area around, these sarees carry a number of interesting motifs on them. From ashrafi (gold coin) motifs to floral designs, these sarees are rich in texture, karigari and appearance!
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A gem from ‘God’s own Country’ Kasavu sarees are hailed for their signature gold borders on cream coloured fabrics. Traditionally simple yet elegant, these handwoven sarees are available today in numerous variations with multicoloured traditional motifs. A go-to garment for every occasion, Kasavu sarees are easy to carry and exude a sense of subtle brilliance!
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Available in the state of Assam, Muga sarees are made from a specific variety of wild silk by the same name existing in large quantities there. Known for the durability of its fabric and glossy texture, these sarees are characterized by traditional ornament motifs, floral and animal designs and intricate geometric patterns. These sarees with a long shelf-life and gorgeous display of craft certainly make for an ideal occasion wear!
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So ladies, these were our seven gems, which one are you opting for then?