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The Various Kinds of Silk Sarees

April 5, 2012

As silk sarees go global; there is already an increasing need for the manufacture of more choices for its growing customer base.  These days, the textile market is India is teeming with silk saris in a variety of styles, colors, and designs. This allows it to cater to a wider variety of clients from many parts of the world. To date, there are over ten variations of this traditional Indian garment.

Varanasi silk saris are among the most expensive that are produced. This popular variety features rich zaris (gold and silver threads) and brocades canvassed on a heavy gauge silk. With designs that are of Persian origin; its threadwork highlights flowers, animals, and other significant figures vital to Indian tradition.

With its roots coming from the small city of the same name, the hand-spun Kanchipuram silk sarees are among those that have retained the most of traditional Indian silk saris designs. Believed to last a lifetime, its main features are the zari and multi-colored threads that border it, including a striped loose end known as the pallus. Going along with the modern times, some of today’s Kanchi silk saris are already produced with a mix of contemporary design.

Vafta silk saris are a rich blend of cotton and silk. The best thing about this is its feeling of comfort and warmth (brought about by cotton) with just the right blaze (brought about by silk). With the use of block printing; they are given just the right amount of light colors to give it a blast of tint.

Produced with a combination of tussar silk and wool; the Pashmina silk saris are made with a combination of bagh printing and intricate threadwork. The thing that makes it distinct from all the other silk sarees is its golden haze brought about by the combination of materials that make it. It also has a light weight loft.

Orissa Ikat silk saris are dye patterns printed on heavy gauge silk. Embossed with a metallic finish; this shiny silk saree makes use of the beautiful silk fiber that is locally produced. With the use of ikat patterning, its pallus and borders are given a more unique and ornate look.

Exclusively made in a village located south of Orissa; the Orissa Tribal silk saris are made purely by hand. In this small village which is known as Kotpad, the fibers of these silk sarees are painstakingly dyed manually and can take about five weeks before one is produced and placed on sale.

The rich history of India shows just how each of these varieties of silk saris has come to where they are right now. Over the years, they have evolved into something that the whole world has taken notice and deem it suitable for use in events outside the realm of Indian traditions and occasions. Not only are silk sarees a form of clothing that gives identity to an Indian woman; it has also become a global trend that has taken the world’s fashion industry by storm.


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