There is a different ethereal charm about handloom sarees itself. Knowing the very fact that the fabric is handwoven and all the details are filled in manually gives the sarees a different sort of depth and character. Thankfully, by the awareness of the Millenials, handloom, khadi, cotton, and silk saris are gaining an impetus once more over polyester and georgette sarees because the Millenials are environment conscious, and also are very much drawn to fashion statements which are minimalist yet sustainable. Silk sarees have always been the cream of the saree family and continue to remain in the same position throughout all ages.
Here are a few silk Handloom Saris:
- Banarasi Silk Sari: Owing to its name from the famous Indian city of Varanasi, erstwhile Benares, this type of sariis not very gaudy with the details, yet is pretty eye-catching. Deemed as an outstanding traditional sarees, banarasi sarees portray an excellent show in craftsmanship and weaver. The motifs in the cloth are mainly inspired by Persian and Indian flowery patterns along with intricate weaves.
- Uppada Sari: Uppada Silk or Uppada Pattu as it is known in Andhra Pradesh is a saree that uses the traditional Jamdani weaving method. Weaving a substandard Uppada Pattu silk saree might even take months to complete since the designs and motifs are very intricate and need a lot of patience and skill to be mastered. Uppada sarees are pretty much lightweight in terms of the fabric, this is because the yarn is sun-dried several times before the weaving process starts.
- Chanderi Silk Sari: Chanderi silk saris are notably famous for its lightweight, luxurious feel and transparent texture. This type of saris is generally born when silk and golden zari is woven into a cotton base. This results in a shimmery texture which is an indicator of a Chanderi silk saree. The designs are mainly done manually and Chanderi silk mainly has a wide gamut of motifs like swans, fruits, heavenly bodies, and gold coins.
- Bandhani Sari: Bandhani silk saris are an Indianized version of tie-dyed saris. This technique of dyeing came in from the late 6th Century BC and gives off a very hippie bohemian vibe to it. This gives the saree a very unique and attractive design akin to African tribal patterns or Japanese patterns. The saris produced by this type of method generally have an Indo-Bohemian look to it.
- Kanchipuram Silk Sari:Kanchipuram or Kanjivaram silk saris mainly originate in Madras or Chennai, and can be a counterpart to the North Indian banarasi. These saris are made of fine mulberry silk. Kanchipuram silk sarees have a patented golden and silver border made up of zari-work. The color of the body of the saree and the pallu is quite different. This is because both the cloths are woven differently and joined together. This is a very intricate process.
We hope that this guide to handloom silk sarees satisfies all your questions related to the various kinds of handloom silk saris that are available in India.