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5 Famous Hand-Woven Indian Sarees

"Beauty of style, harmony, and grace solemnly depends on simplicity and an Indian woman draped in pleated saree symbolizes the essence of raw beauty and simplicity."

India is the home of some best fabrics that are only woven and found within the boundaries of the country. What makes Indian sarees a plethora of beauty and fashion statement is the history behind each woven fabric. Real Indian sarees are neither machine made, nor the fabric is imported from other countries. In fact, these sarees are the real essence of ancient Indian handicrafts which, still walks the ramp of year long fashion weeks.

The hand woven fabrics of India are not only used to weave sarees but these sarees, in turn, also used to design bridal lehengas, ethnic wear and sometimes gypsy and western wear too. Most of all these handsweaved Indian sarees, dates back to different civilizations like the Rajput dynasty, the Mughal dynasty, the Dravidian period, Harappan civilization art and so on. The heavy pages of historical notes that each of this handloom saree carries, are worth mentioning and will leave you awestruck. To know about the amazing history of some over popular Indian sarees, read the blog below:

Bandhani Saree:

Rajasthan and Gujarat's heritage, Bandhani sarees came into vogue during the Indus valley civilization. Initially, Bandhani works were only prominent on Buddha statues and in Ajanta caves. Later, they dug their way into the textile industry. The historic Bandhani art was first embroidered in a saree for Bana Bhatt's Harshacharita for a royal marriage. The eye-catching bandej embroidery and the exquisite piece of art involved to weave the saree appealed many Indian women and abroad. Eventually, with the populace of Bandhani handloom sarees, the Khatri community of Gujarat initiated their Bandhani handloom industry, which progressively grew into a vocation and today, Bandhani Sarees are well thought-out as one of the many Indian customary saree, widely found in every part of India.

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Jamdani Saree:

Saree, being the customized traditional outfit of West Bengal, the Bengalis stepped into the textile industry with their exquisite being of muslin cloth, popularly known as Jamdani Sarees. The patronized weaving of Jamdani Sarees goes to the Mughal period. Though, British Colonialism in India, saw a rapid decline of Jamdani handlooms because of the heavy imports of machine manufactured products, post the British period until today, Jamdanis are considered as the most beautifully woven Indian handloom sarees. The UNESCO declared Jamdani sarees as the "Intangible cultural heritage of humanity". Jamdani sarees are hand woven cotton sarees. The fabric is generally known as muslin cloth and is a famous handcrafted Indian Saree in West Bengal and other parts of India.

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Kanjeevaram Silk Saree:

Kanjeevaram Silk Sarees are, indeed, the oldest hand-woven saree of India. The Hindu mythology states that Kanjeevaram silk weavers are the successors of Saga Markanda, the master weavers of Gods. The saree is named after its originating place, the Kanchipuram village of Tamil Nadu. Kanjeevaram silk of South India is an answer to North India's Banarassilk. The 'zari' used to make Kanjeevaram silk sarees come from Gujarat.

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Banarasi saree:

The Mughal inspired Banarasi art is the ultimate wedding fabric for Bengali weddings. The colourful saree fabric with the Mughal 'zari' work, designed manually is North India's textile pride. Banarasi handlooms are found in Varanasi, the holy city of Uttar Pradesh. Depending on the design, artwork and zari work, each Banarasi saree take 15 days to six months to complete. There are four main varieties of Banarasi silk, which includes- pure silk or Kathan, Organza or Kora, georgette, and shatter. Considering, the popularity and hard work attached to the making of these sarees, Banarasi sarees are an integral part of great Indian weddings.

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Konrad Sarees:

Konrad Sarees are Tamil Nadu's heritage. Also known as Temple Sarees, these fabrics are exclusively hand-woven sarees which date back to the ancient Indian history. These sarees first came in vogue during the Mughal dynasty. Since, then South Indian textile has been filled with the wide border and colourful Konrad sarees. Konrad sarees are designed with the artistic elements of flowers, leaves, creepers, elephants, and peacocks, which make these saree a pride of Indian handloom industry.

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