Different type of Sarees for your Wedding
An ode to six yards of elegance
A saree is a royal attire that offers comfort and a chic look. It takes the pride of place in an Indian bride's wardrobe due to its lavish lustre and delicate design. There are various versions of it available with contemporary styles.
No bridal trousseau is complete without grand sarees, and when grand is the word, it has to be south indian sarees which are known for their intricate and hand-made designs. South India can be called as a hub of silk sarees with exquisite designs. Let's take a look at the most popular sarees:
The evergreen Kanjeevaram sarees
Kanjeevaram saree completes a woman's closet, period! These heavenly sarees are characterised by gold-dipped silver thread that is woven onto brilliant silk. Kanchipuram is actually a town in Tamil Nadu with more than 150 years of weaving tradition completely unscathed by fashion fads.
"Kanjeewarams are preferred for their durability. Kanjee silk is thicker than almost all other silks, and is therefore more expensive", says Mani who has been in silk saree business for over 20 years now. "The heavier the silk, the better the quality. Peacock and parrot are the most common motifs. Though lightweight kanjee sarees are popular as they are easy to wear and cost very little, the traditional weavers do not like to compromise", he adds.
Mani explains that Korean and Chinese silks are suitable for light-weight sarees (machine woven), only mulberry silk produced in Karnataka and few parts of Tamil Nadu, is right for the classic Kanjeewaram. "In an authentic kanjeevaram saree the pallu, the border and the body of the saree is woven separately and then interlocked together", Mani further adds.
The sacred temple sarees
Temple sarees also known as konrad sarees originated in Tamil Nadu. Temple sarees are usually wide bordered and characterized by huge motifs (related to weddings) such as elephants and peacocks, symbolising water, fertility and lushness. "Conventional colours for these sarees are shades of browns, greys and off-whites", says Kavya Ramesh, a saree enthusiast.
These sarees also have huge motifs on them which include double headed eagle designs and floral vines other than the usual elephant and peacock motifs.
"The body of the saree comprises a woven pattern, usually checks or stripes. The main attraction of Konrad Sarees is their border - which is exclusively designed wide and with elite motif designs", Mani says. "The border style is one of the fundamental points of differentiate between diverse sarees from the South Indian region. While contrasting wide borders are popular styles for some of these varieties, there are others with borders not wider than 1 inch", he elaborates.
The classy mysore silk
Among the innumerable styles of silk sarees, ‘Mysore Silk' from Karnataka stands out for its exclusive and exceptional weave, silky-smooth texture and modest design. These sarees are known for their bright and vibrant colours. The sarees have plain single colour base fabric of 100% pure silk blended with a narrow strip of gold zari border at both ends. The sarees come in georgette, zari printed crepe sarees and semi crepe sarees.
Timeless Gadwal silk
Gadwal sarees also known as handloom zari sarees are popular in Andhra Pradesh since the 1930's. Woven in conventional and customary patterns by the weavers of Gadwal in Mahbubnagar district, these sarees have a cotton body, embroidered with silk pallus and borders in dazzling hues. "The patterns on the pallu and border representing South Indian culture, add to their timeless appeal", says Kavya.