In India sarees, the traditional attire, are visible on the international fashion scene. Designers have given the sari an individual stamp and are marketing it as a pre arranged garment that can be slipped over a petticoat and worn with a short tight blouse. This takes out the tediousness of having to tie a sari, and you can be assured that the sari won’t slip off!
The wide variety of saris that are available is mindboggling. With online catalogs giving choices ranging from prices to color combinations, it is not difficult to have this capricious garment in your wardrobe. Drape it according to your mood and you are bound to feel buoyant and upbeat. Accessorize it with the right kind of jewelry and handbags and get set for the office, a formal gathering, or even lounge around at home.
In India, sarees are region specific
In India sarees are as diverse as the regions they come from. Though saris printed in mills with power looms have flooded the market, it is the ethnic handloom saris pertinent to each state of India, which forms part of a collection. The Tanchoi from Bengal, competes with the Kanchi cotton from the south. The flamboyance of the peacock woven on a Patola from Orissa, dances with the birds and animals of the Kutch embroideries of Gujarat. Most of the handloom weaves are named after the place they are woven in and they are famous for.
When it comes to India, sarees, the Kancheevaram silk saris are the first aspect that encounters. Kancheevaram, a small town in south India, has a global recognition for luscious silk saris that are handed down generations. Actual gold threads are woven into the border to give it a rich finish. Contrasting colors used in the body of the sari brings out the texture of the sari. The Tussar silk from the eastern region of India is lighter and so called because of the variety of silk worm cocoon the silk is extracted from.
The fabric influences the draping style of the saris
A cotton sari is best worn when it is dipped into a starch solution after being washed, dried and then ironed. This makes the sari look crisp and cool on a hot summer’s day. Polyester blends are easy to maintain and here it is a question of wash and wear. They drape according to the silhouette of the body, but can be rather slippery because of the smooth texture of the fabric. That is why it is recommended to use safety pins or brooches to hold the sari in place at the waist or when pinned over the shoulder.
Silk saris need more care and are usually worn for their impeccable drape in the winter months. They are to be dry-cleaned only but manufacturers of the Kancheevaram silks do not rule out hand washing with a mild detergent. To retain the sheen of the silk and the gleam of the gold border it is prudent to wrap the heavy silks in tissue paper or sheer cotton cloth and keep it safe from pests like silver fish. Looked after well India sarees will last for years and give you a varied wardrobe experience