Women of every age and time has adopted different styles and fashion to make her beautiful, unique and cool. Sari which is also written as saree or shari is an attention grabbing garment for the women of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Both Indian and Pakistani sarees are popular in the world.
Saree is an unstitched cloth with the dimension of 4-9 meter in length and 12 meter in width but this dimension may vary according to body size and wearing style. Different ways of draping sari have been adopted to maximize beauty, however it is wrapped around the waist holding one end then draped over the shoulder baring the midriff in the traditional style.
Most of the portion of saree is pleated at the waist and then wound round to make a skirt or pair of trousers, with the remaining few yards swept across the upper half of the body, covering at least one shoulder and sometimes veiling the head. It is usually worn over a petticoat. A saree blouse, often matching with saree, is worn on upper body which usually has short sleeves and low neck designs.
Indian Saree Types
Indian sarees are most popular and beautiful in the other countries of world. There are so many types of sarees depending on construction, design and region. It might be difficult to cover all types of sarees in this single post as a women can manage a saree gallery in the wardrobe if she buys one saree of each type.
There are several factors to categorize the sarees like region, fabric, design, weaving style and occasions. Here is my effort to give you a brief but comprehensive overview about indian sarees.
Sarees in West India
The western states of India like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra produce all types of sarees- woven, embroidered sarees and other fashion sarees with various designs. Some of the famous sarees of west India include:
•Embroidered Tinsel Sarees
•Gujarati Brocade Sarees
Sarees of Sound India
Awesome, simple and ethnic look with rich pallu made in gold and silver zari is a unique feature of south indian sarees. Kanjeevaram sarees or kanchipuram sarees are highly demanded, pupular and preferred all over India as festival sarees. In fact, they make excellent wedding sarees too. The traditional half saree worn by women in South India resembles the lehnga choli of North India. There are many other sarees from south India which include:
•Mysore Silk Sarees
East India Fantastic Sarees
Fabulous and beautiful weaving techniques are key feature for the Sarees of East Indian states like West Bengal, Orissa and Assam. These handloom sarees are great for summers. The richly worked on baluchari sarees and Muga sarees etc. are excellent choices for festival sarees.
Amazing Sarees of North India
I bet, every girl must has an idea about famous beautiful banarasi sarees and these sarees are the specialty of North India. They are till now the favorite bridal sarees of the Indian brides. There are other light varieties of sarees too in North India like the Chikan sarees of Lucknow with their exclusive style of embroidery and the bandhani sarees made with tie and dye technique. Some of the famous types of North Indian sarees are:
Expansion of Sarees Types
I have already discussed that there are several factors to categorize sarees. These types and classification will definitely broad your vision about sarees domain.
Sarees by Occassion
•Regular Wear Sarees
Sarees classificaion in terms of design
Innovation of the Saree
Saree in no more a single piece of long cloth but a range of innovations have been made by he saree manufacturing companies, innovative saree designers and the leading brands of Indian sarees.
Jodi Pattu which is actually a saree-shirt combination and have a designed saree with a matching shirt piece, meant for the lady’s husband. There are the pocket sarees, having a pocket in it, which can hold essential small sized belongings of the wearer. Then there are denim sarees which are esentially soft pure silk sarees but with looks of denim.
Yet another innovative saree- the reversible sarees – has four borders, four pallus and two bodies which can be worn in four different ways. The saree comes with two blouse pieces. The RmKV has also introduced the Zodiac saree collection- 12 silk sarees having the symbol of a zodiac sign woven into the pallu.
Romantica saree collection of Sri Kumaran Silks are made of silk, but are stretchable. And now the Indian women don’t have to worry about fashion accessories like bags- she just needs to buy the handbag saree of Sri Kumaran Silks. It is made of pure silk and comes with a matching handbag.
And there are more comfortable sarees- the pre-stitched sarees or the ready to wear sarees- these sarees are easy to wear, just like a skirt. In fact, pre stitched saree is a skirt with stitched saree pleats at the centre worn over a petticoat without the fuss of tucking, pleating, and adjusting the pallu length as they are already set in the center to make the wearer feel more comfortable