Indian Handloom Sarees

by Shatika, August 28, 2017

One of the most graceful, sensuous, stylish and most of all, versatile attires that originated in India, Indian handloom sarees need no introduction. A drape that has the capacity to transform the personality of the wearer, saree is known to switch roles between perfect day wear, business wear, casual wear, evening wear, cocktail wear and bridal wear with complete ease, depending on the type of fabric, colours used, designs, embellishments and the style of draping.

Known for their quality, glamour, variety and excellence, handloom sarees are an integral part of Indian culture that have witnessed many changes in fashion scenario but never failed to evolve and emerge victorious with its sheer magic and enamor. In fact, the cultural heritage of India owes a lot to these handloom weaves that have their own spectacular vision of colour, make and craft.

Handloom sarees from India epitomize an age-old tradition of women’s wear that has not just withstood the onslaught of many different cultural invasions but has gracefully imbibed the best handiwork from them and integrated it upon itself, be it the Mughal inspired Benarasi saree motifs, the Nawab influenced lucknowi chikankari, the Persian inspired Jamdani weave or even the Pallavas and the Chola dynasty down south seen in temple inspired inscriptions on kanchipuram silks.

Handloom sarees have made a name for themselves on the global fashion platform. Today, they are recognized and admired to such an extent that designers across the globe have designed collections inspired by this inimitable piece of six-yard drape. Emerging as a symbol of style, grace, resilience, versatility, and timelessness, sarees reflect the Indian way of life. So infectious is their charisma that several international designers have attempted a stitched or ready to wear saree, but nothing can match the grace of a hand woven six-yard saree.

A lot of global fashion designers have embraced the handloom sarees not only because they want to revive this industry but because they view it as the fashion element of Gen X. A blend of vintage aura combined with modern twist, sarees draw attention easily due to their captivating colors, their versatility to drape in different ways and get a new look every time and their ability to turn heads, every single time.

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