Different Styles of Sarees
Finely woven fabrics, like cotton, give sarees a light-weight feel.
Sarees (also known as saris) have long enjoyed a rich tradition in South Asian culture and style. Their unique designs vary according to region, and are seen worn in over 30 different styles throughout South Asia alone. From working women to royalty, sarees are worn to display a woman's individual fashion sense. Most notably, women use sarees to honor their heritage and adherence to a traditional way of life.
Saree Style Notes
o Colors and patterns can define where sarees are from in different regions of South Asia.
In the past, sarees were hand woven from cotton and silk. In today's market, mechanical looms create unique designs from fabrics like nylon, rayon and polyester. They can range from the softest hues to the boldest gem tones. Saree lengths vary from 5 to 9 yards, depending on the style and occasion for use. Tying one around the waist forms a skirt, with the pleats in front, and allows for easy movement. This look is used for casual days at work or home. For a more elegant look, sarees are draped over a shoulder, then pinned in place or left loose for a more dramatic look.
Northern Style Saree
o Banarasi sarees are known as the one of the finest sarees produced in India. Brides traditionally select these sarees for their big day. They are made from finely woven silk and are adorned with sophisticated brocade patterns. Because of these patterns, these sarees are relatively heavy.
Eastern Style Saree
o Jamdani sarees can be seen on today's working woman. Its classic style comes from its finely woven cotton, or muslin. They are often printed with floral designs or geometric shapes.
Southern Style Saree
o Venkatagiri sarees are favored among the wealthy for their metallic sheen and lightweight cloth. Their borders are often heavily embellished.
Western Style Saree
Bandhani (or Bandhej) sarees are easily recognized for their tie-dye designs. The cotton or silk is folded, twisted or wrapped in a specific manner to create elaborate patterns when dipped in dyes, producing their unique spotted appearance