5 Traditional Must-Have Sarees for the Festive Season
The quote ‘better safe than sorry’ actually came from a traditional Indian saying that meant – it’s always safer to wear a saree. Okay so we might have made that up but there’s truth behind it; a saree always makes you look your ethnic best. With the festive season upon us, it’s a great time to look at some amazing traditional sarees you can wear to various events and functions.
Dating back to the Mughlai era, the banarasi fabric is made from heavy silk with different kinds of embroidery and zari work. Choose from various colors and designs that include intricate patterns, floral motifs and more. These sarees are extremely pretty but not the kind you can wear everyday so use the festivals as an excuse to get yourself a gorgeous banarasi saree.
Perfect for the occasion of Navratri, the bandhani design is fun and colorful. Authentic bandhani sarees usually come from Rajasthan and Gujarat and they are extremely popular there. These sarees are light and easy to move around in.
The saree of the South, Kanjivaram sarees are great for pujas and formal functions. They are rich and elegant with silver or gold silk threads and are usually worn to the temple or for wedding functions. No saree collection is complete without at least two Kanjivaram sarees.
Taant Sarees or Garad Silk Sarees
For Durga puja, most married Bengali women wear the beautiful white and red traditional saree (Garad Silk Sarees). Another popular saree from West Bengal is the taant saree which are like Banarasi sarees but lighter. The typical taant saree is has a thick border, an attractive pallu and is woven using a variety of artistic motifs. These can also be worn during Durga puja as well as other festivals and celebrations.
Named after the tie-dying process, Ikkat sarees can be of cotton or silk materials and are mainly popular in Orissa. The intricate details of this saree make it beautiful and ideal for any sort of function. There are basic sarees and some with elegant borders and bright colors so if you choose a simple saree, you can wear bright makeup or heavy jewelry.
These are some of the traditional sarees that are a must-have for the festive season. If you want to add a modern touch to these sarees, choose a blouse pattern that’s current and trendy.
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