Saris

Saris
The sari or saree is as old as the Indian civilization. Cotton weaving was known to the inhabitants of the Indus Valley civilization some 5000 years ago. There is mention of sari in the Vedas and Mahabharat establishing the origin and age of sari.It is an unsewn cloth draped around the female body and is 4 to 9 metre in length. Though sari is worn by women in various style, the most common being wrapping one end around the waist and the other end covering the upper body leaving the midriff. Men also wear cloth similar to sari and is known as ‘dhoti’ or ‘lungi’. Sari in primarily worn only in the Indian sub-continent. The different colours and designs are symbolic and vary from region to region. The colours also vary according to the occasion on which the same is worn. The saris were initially weaved out of cotton and silk yarn only but the Europeans introduced synthetic polyester and nylon, weaved on power looms and were cheap. The handmade saris are made out of cotton and silk and blends. Metallic threads, also of gold and silver are also used to form intricate designs.

Sari is an outer garment worn mainly by the Indian women. It is a light weight cloth generally measuring five and half meters in length. One end of the sari is wrapped around the waist giving a skirt...
The motifs of maheshwari sarees have been derived from the temple carving and the carving of the palace built by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar. Rani lived near the banks of Narmada. Maheshwari saris are...
In the heart of India beyond forests and valleys, is the famous weavers town of Chanderi in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh. Once Chanderi cottons were comparable to Dacca muslins. When the British...
A Blend of silk with a gold weave is the beauty of Paithani saris. Women weave the saris on a wooden loom skillfully mixing colours of blues, magentas and purples interspersed with gold threads....
Saris of very fine cotton are woven widely in Coimbatore district. The kora cotton sari has a kora silk warp and a cotton weft yarn. The sari has a self-designed jacquard all over.
Gadwal in Andhra Pradesh is known for weaving saris in cotton weft, with richly brocaded gold borders and pallus with elaborate designs. These saris were originally woven for the royalty and the...
Kanchipuram is the famous weaving centre in Tamil Nadu. The weaving community in Kanchipuram is called Salgars (from the Sanskrit word, salika meaning weaver), and they claim descent from Sage...
The double-coloured Ganga-Jamuna saris are traditional Maharashtrian saris. The main characteristic of this sari is the plain weaving with solid colours on either side --- both sides of the sari can...
Kota, a small district situated in southeast of Rajasthan is very famous for its delicate kota doria saris, These dorias are fine woven fabrics containing a special type of check pattern in the weave...
These saris are a mix of cotton and silk and are woven with a blue cotton yarn and a silk yarn in several colours other than blue. The border motifs are varied and the body of the sari has checked or...
Simple and elegant cotton saris, either with broad borders on both sides or with a single decorative, heavily patterned pallu are woven in Andhra Pradesh. The distinguishing mark is the korvai where...
Indian beauties are known for draping themselves in saris. Sari is the national dress for the women folk of India. Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh is very well known for its silk saris. The...
Silk yarn is made available through the government agencies and the weavers of the Thribuvanam silk saris are highly skilled. Saris are woven, with a special box fixed above the loom, in natural...
These saris from the south Indian state of Andhra have extra gold thread in the weft and pallu, which is made of tissue. The specialty of the annibuta sari is that the entire saree is woven with...
Venkatagiri saris are woven with locally made jalas and are among the best examples of the jacquard weave. The weaving is fine and the body of the sari is in sheer cotton, ornamented with gold motifs...
Sari is the national dress of India. Poornakumbham saris are the fine cotton textured saris which are woven with rudraksha motifs highlighted with pearls or neuththu and cross lines.
Various types of colourful silk saris, with intricate brocade work in silk and zari, are woven at Narayanpet. As the silk threads are not of a very high count, the saris are both light-weight and...
These saris are plain or striped and generally are weaved on 80- count yarn. Dhaniakali saris are long lasting and does not require any kind of special care.
Kurainadu and Kodambakkam saris are the blend of cotton and silk mixture. These saris are complimented with the beautiful geometric and floral designs. Some typical motifs are bells, toe ring armlet...
The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is the place of origin of the karvat kati (saw-edged) sari, so named after the border design which resembles saw-teeth. This sari is generally used during ritual...
These saris are woven on pit-looms mainly with pure cotton yarn.The uniqueness of the Nagpur saris are the designs that are woven with the Nagpuri wooden dobby. Designs are woven in stripes and...
The first Karpur sari was exhibited in the Vishwakarma Exhibition inLondon and was defined a work of art and genius. Village of Kolli Karpur is famous for its Kodalikareppur /Karpur saris, and...