No dress is more feminine, elegant or graceful than the Indian Saree. Unmatched, without a rival in the world of fashion, the saree lends adds to the seductive charm of its wearer, even as it covers up rather than exposes. From cotton sarees to silk, there are many different kinds of Indian sarees in rich jewel tones, sarees as diverse and colourful as the land of its birth. All six metres long, some of the best Indian sarees come from South India, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh and Benaras, sarees that no bridal trousseau can be without. Talking of the best sarees of India, a brief explanation is necessary.
No South Indian bride thinks her trousseau is complete, unless and until she has Kanjeevaram sarees in it. Woven from the best of silks dyed in brilliant jewel tones, with gold thread woven in fantastic motifs, Kanjeevaram sarees reign supreme.
Patola Silk Sarees
A true rarity these days, there are only a handful of master weavers who can work the magic of a traditional Patola saree in warm hues and gentle patina of zari woven into the twill weave. Patola sarees woven in Patan and Surat in Gujarat are famous all over India and today come for upward of Rs. 1-lakh or more.
An inevitable part of an Indian bride’s wedding trousseau, Banarsi sarees bear the heavy influence of Mughal designs. Made of heavy gold and silver brocades, flowers and foliage intertwine in intricate designs, so rich that Banarsi sarees are best worn at weddings or functions so grand that one would not look over-dressed wearing a Banarsi saree.
Woven out of light silk or fine cotton, soft-hued Chanderi sarees of Madhya Pradesh are often embroidered in patterns to be found in the Chanderi temples. The pastel hues and fine fabric of Chanderi sarees makes them the ideal wear for our hot Indian summers.
Seeking their inspiration from nature, Maheswari sarees usually come in green and purple colours and exotic block print motifs on tussar silk. Renowned for their elaborate zari border designs , Maheshwari sarees can be counted amongst India’s finest.
With an inexhaustible range of sarees, it is difficult to them all. We have the pochampallis, the pashmina and Kota silks, the puttapakshis, the balucharis, gadwalls, Mysore crepes, and more. However, Kanjeevarams, Banarsis, Patolas, Chanderis and Maheshwaris are the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of India’s best sarees!