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5 must-have saris for your wardrobe

Effie Thomas, an expert on Indian handloom, suggests five must-have saris

Mrinal Shekar
15 Sep 2017 | 12:00 am

korvai-kanchipuram

1. Korvai Kanjivaram: The Korvai of Kanchipuram is one of the prized rare and unique textile techniques of south India. It involves a specialised process where the borders and pallu, in contrast colour with the body, are woven separately. They are then skilfully woven into the body of the sari. It is considered to be a timeless classic.

banarasi

2. Banarasi: These hand-woven sarees are said to be the mother of all woven saris in India.These saris are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, luxurious finely woven silk and opulent embroidery. They are decorated with intricate design.

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paithani

3. Paithani: These saris get their name from the Paithan village in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, where they are made. Made from very fine silk, these saris are considered to be one of the richest saris in Maharashtra. Paithani is characterised by borders of an oblique square design, and a pallu with a peacock design. Plain as well as spotted designs are available. The kaleidoscopic effect is achieved by using one colour for weaving lengthwise and another for weaving widthwise. A pure paithani is like an investment. Historically these woven fabrics were used to trade instead of gold.

Bandhani

4. Bandhani: The art of Bandhani is a highly skilled process. The technique involves dyeing a fabric which is tied tightly with a thread at several points,thus producing a variety of patterns like Leheriya, Mothra, Ekdali and Shikari depending on the manner in which the cloth is tied. The main colours used in Bandhani are yellow, red,blue, green and black. Bandhani work, after the processing is over, results into a variety of symbols including, dots, squares, waves and strips.

cotton-sari

5. A pure handwoven cotton sari: India has a wide variety of pure cotton/Khadi weaves – Venkatagiri, dhonekhali, chettinadu cottons, pattadeda Anchu, and many more. Once you wear a handwoven cotton sari, you’ll realise no other garment can match the sari’s comfort and beauty.

Read: Saris for all occasions
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Mrinal Shekar

Mrinal Shekar