We all know how much our grandmothers and mothers treasure the silk fabric, and why not! Silk sarees are one addition to your wardrobe that you will always thank yourself for. Grace, elegance, tradition, culture, and modernity, all woven into one; that is what silk sarees stand for. It is not surprising that this favored piece of clothing comes in myriad styles and forms. In today's post, we are going to list ten most popular types of silk sarees. Read on to know more about the most common types of silk sarees that you can find on the market today.
Banarasi silk sarees: By far the most popular and expensive in the category, Banarasi silk sarees are an all-time-favorite. Made with precious golden thread, these sarees find favor with brides who love to flaunt these on the most special day of their lives. These are primarily made in Banaras and find mention in history as early as the Mughal era and are characterized by intricate and unique patterns from those times.
Kanjeevaram sarees: If you are someone who loves premium and fine silk, then Kanjeeveram sarees are for you. These are made in Tamil Nadu in India and are characterized by the exceptional quality of silk that is used. Also, these sarees use golden-silver thread that is known for the sheer elegance it imparts to the fabric. With an absorbing story behind the invention of these sarees, Kanjeevaram or Kanchipuram silk is one of the most cherished possessions in a woman's wardrobe. Why wouldn't it be? The kind of embroidery and motifs that go on this fabric leave you breathless.
Tussar silk: Next in line are the tussar silk sarees. These are mostly made by tribal people in India and are derived out of a particular type of silkworm that is found in South Asia. Tussar silk sarees come majorly in neutral tones such as honey and beige; you always have the option to combine them with a bright pink or a red to get the perfect look. We recently did a post about these kinds of sarees and well, as we said, the color combinations available in this kind of silk are awesome.
Bhagalpuri silk: These sarees gained their popularity because of their affordability and friendly designs. These sarees are a perfect daily wear option and add a nice oomph! A factor to your style. The kind of choices you get through this saree are endless. We did a post about why bhagalpuri silk sarees are so popular where we have explained all about this kind of sarees. In fact, this is a particular favorite of ours.
Art silk: This fabric joined the list very recently. Art silk means artificial silk and as the name suggests, it isn't actually silk but does look like silk. Of course, people with an experienced eye can tell it isn't the real silk, but normal people can never guess whether you're wearing real one or this one. Thus, this saree is being loved by women who don't want to spend loads of money on buying real silk but still want to show off the graceful fabric in a way.
Baluchari silk: Another class of silk sarees IS the Baluchari sarees. Known for their royal look, these sarees find their origin in West Bengal. The borders are usually designed with patterns that depict stories from epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
Konrad silk: Konrad silk sarees are manufactured in parts of Tamil Nadu in South India. The border is usually plain; patterns in the form of stripes and checks are standard. Initially produced in lighter tones, Konrad sarees also come in bright hues today to suit the tastes of all kinds of buyers.
Mysore silk: Mysore silk sarees are yet another gift from South India. They are widely used in religious ceremonies in India. The best part is that they are very reasonably priced, which is a plus when buying silk garments that are priced on the higher side.
Chanderi silk: Chanderi sarees come from Madhya Pradesh and are known for being light-weight and very comfortable. The patterns imprinted on these sarees are usually taken from the Chanderi temples. Thanchoi silk: Thanchoi silk sarees are characterized by floral motifs. These are made by weaving the silk fabric in a way that imparts a brocade look to the overall garment. Thanchoi sarees are quite popular in various parts of India.
Paithani sarees: Another form of silk sarees coming from the western part of India are the Paithani sarees. They are famous for their natural patterns such as trees, and birds like parrots and peacocks. The standard colors are magenta, blue, purple, and green. Bandhani silk: Bandhani silk sarees come from Gujarat. These are woven using a special type of dyeing technique. Traditionally, Jaipur is known to produce the largest number of these sarees.
Crape silk: Crape is a fabric that's characterized by pebbly surface. The texture is the result of twisted yarn and the threads can be of any type. In crape silk, the threads are usually of raw silk, twisted and tied together to produce the unique crape texture. Crape silk is usually light-weight. The best type of crape is, in fact, crape de chine which is the most expensive and fine type of crape. You can easily find the crape silk, made of raw silk threads, in the affordable range.
Raw silk sarees: Don't kill us if you feel your recently bought silk saree feels as if it was of cotton! The texture of raw silk is uneven and it often lacks the smoothness and luster that normal silk has. But does that mean raw silk isn't silk? It's false. The pure silk is produced from raw silk after a substance called 'gum' is removed from it. So, raw silk is very much silk but it's very inexpensive and stiff.
Cotton silk: Cotton silk is a hybrid fabric produced by combining cotton and silk yarns. The texture of the fabric depends on the amount of each type of yarn used during production. It's a light-weight, soft and absorbent fabric perfect for summer wear. Note that it may not be as soft as silk but it's certainly softer than cotton.
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