18 Indian Traditional Sarees That You Should Know About

One thing that is a must-have in every Indian woman’s closet is the saree. Different states and regions in India have different styles of sarees and each one is unique. So if you’re in the mood to know more about different types of Indian traditional sarees then here is a list that should help. Take a look.

1. Banarasi Silk Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Banarasi Silk Saree

Originating in the northern region of the country, these Indian traditional sarees are made of silk and has a heavy Mughal influence to it and is quite a popular saree for weddings and occasions. The trademark of the saree is its intricate floral patterns and zari work as well as foliate motifs such as the kalga, phool and bel adorning the whole saree in silver, golden or copper thread works. The signature design of a Banarasi brocade silk saree is the jhalar that is nothing but an intricate fringe-like pattern that is often found in the outer edge of the borders of the saree.

2. Jamawar Indian Traditional Sarees

Indian Traditional Sarees - Jamawar Saree

More popularly known to be a product of Kashmir, Jamawar is a glorious variant of the silk saree with an array of skilful designs and colours on a parchment of pure silk or pashmina. The term ‘jamawar’ literally means robe and yard, which was once used by the royalty for the purpose of robes and which now is a very popular variety of Indian traditional sarees that you can invest in for a wedding. The uniqueness of the saree is that many of its varieties come with matching silk shawls attached along them and are embellished in meenakari colours like orange and green and have beautiful aksi embroidery for the borders.

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3. Lucknowi Chikankari Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Lucknowi Chikankari Saree

The art of chikankari is quite popular in the regions of Uttar Pradesh. The thread work with fine intricate designs show grace and elegance. The colours of chikankari sarees are often very subtle and in pastel shades which can never go out of style. The light texture and soft shade of colours makes it a very versatile variety of Indian traditional sarees, fit for any occasion, be it casual or formal.

4. Tanchoi Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Tanchoi Saree

Tanchoi is actually a kind of weaving technique which involves a single or double warp along with two to five colours placed in the weft that are often of the same shade and done on silk fabric. The richness of the shades and the softness of the material make it a really popular silk saree all across India and abroad too. There are numerous varieties of tanchoi weave which includes satin tanchoi, satin jari tanchoi, atlas or gilt and mushabbar. These sarees are quite popular for formal occasions such as weddings, ceremonies, and festivities. The ideal time to wear a tanchoi saree is during the cooler months of autumn and winter because of the warmth of the fabric.

5. Kinkhwab Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Kinkhwab Saree

Kinkhwab brocade sarees were very popular in the Mughal era and they were considered one of the finest and luxurious textiles in that era. Nowadays, this pattern is widely used for wedding sarees with a heavy brocade and intricate embroidery inspired from the Islamic heritage. The pattern of the brocade has wefts, numerous layers as well as warp threads that add to the glory of the elaborate look created by the embroidery design. Other popular Indian traditional sarees of the northern region of India include the Amru brocades, Tissue sarees, Shikargarh brocades, etc.

6. Kancheevaram Silk Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Kancheevaram Silk Saree

Originating in the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, the weavers here have a tradition of more than 150 years of weaving these beautiful south Indian silk sarees. This variety of Indian traditional sarees are made from silk and get their name from the town itself. The unique aspect of the saree is the gold-dipped thread that is woven along with premium silk fabric for a magnificent finish.

7. Mysore Silk Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Mysore Silk Saree

One saree that is really popular in India which belongs to the Karnataka region is the Mysore silk. It is one of the most sought-after sarees of South India and it has every reason to be so popular. The speciality of these sarees is that there is a shimmering quality in the material that reflects with subtle hints. This kind of silk saree has gained popularity for its bright and vibrant colours, a soft and breathable fabric, and its pure sheen. It is popular as a wedding saree.

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8. Konrad Silk Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Konrad Silk Saree

Also called as the temple saree, Konrad south Indian saree is a special weave from the state of Tamil Nadu. The original purpose for the weaving of these sarees was to adorn the deities of the temples, which gives the saree its name and uniqueness. The special features of this saree is that it consists of wide borders and they are mostly adorned with designs of elephants, peacocks and other natural things like flowers and ferns, spread over the length of the saree.

9. Pochampally

Indian Traditional Sarees - Pochampally

The name of these Indian traditional sarees comes from the small town of Pochampally in Hyderabad, which is the origin for this variety of silk saree. The unique pattern of the saree comes from the symmetrical size of the weft and the warp of the yarns that are then resist dyed which gives you the pre-fixed design on the silk saree that is then interlaced to get the final look. Woven in silk and in bright colours, these sarees are widely produced in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Orissa too.

10. Kerala Kasavu Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Kerala Kasavu Saree

The Kerala kasavu saree is made with super-fine quality of cotton fabric which is usually in shades of white with golden zari border. They come in colours such as off-white, pure white, ivory white and pale yellowish white colours and have a very sober appeal. The whole yard of the saree is free of any zari work, embroidery, or print. But it is kept plain, only with a six inch golden border along with an elaborate pallu that is its trademark. Other popular sarees down South include the Ilkal sarees originating in Karnataka, Balarampuram mundu veshti sarees from Kerala, Madurai silk sarees, Chettinad sarees, Coimbatore cotton south Indian saree, and many more.

11. Pathani Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Pathani Saree

Named after a small village in Aurangabad in Maharashtra, this the making of this saree needs enormous skill and labour as the expanse of material that goes into its weaving and creation makes it just awesome. Through the entire length of the saree, you will find distinct patterns and motifs like parrots, trees, and plants, which are woven along the borders and on the pallu of the saree. These Indian traditional sarees otherwise known as Pathani sarees are woven using pure silk threads and given vibrant colours along with a touch of pure gold, making the perfect for a wedding.

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12. Bandhani Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Bandhani Saree

It is a popular saree which is made using the tie and dye concept. This form of saree weaving is carried out mostly in the parts of Gujarat. The sarees have small spots or dots that are created using the resist-dying method which creates elaborate and skilful patterns with the coloured and uncoloured parts in the saree. They are further adorned with shells or cowrie and are quite popular across the country and abroad too. The Lahariya saree of Rajasthan is also created using the same concept.

13. Patola Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Patola Saree

One of the most time-consuming and elaborate sarees, Patola has a charm of its own. It is created using the most complex weave techniques with five colour designs that are resist dyed carefully into both warp and weft threads before woven into beautiful patterns. The variations in the designs of the Patola saree range from geometrical patterns to floral or vegetable patterns as well as the elephant and the maiden motifs.

14. Kota Doria Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Kota Doria Saree

Also known as Kota saree, these sarees are made in the villages in Kota, Rajasthan. The unique thing about these sarees is that they are of a transparent texture, woven using very fine cotton or cotton-silk weave. The lightness of the texture and weightlessness makes these Indian traditional sarees ideal for the summer months. These sarees have a graph-like pattern all over the length and are lightly embellished with zari work on the borders.

15. Taant Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Taant Saree

The word ‘taant’ literally translates to ‘made on the loom.’ It is considered to be the pride of Bengal handloom. Taant sarees are made from cotton fabric and have a very crisp, smooth finish and are light in weight. Available in a wide range of patterns and colours, you can take your pick for the summers.

16. Muga Silk Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Muga Silk Saree

One of the most durable and highly reliable silk sarees from Assam, Muga silk sarees are popular across the globe for their natural sheen and a touch of golden colour that is the natural shade of the raw silk fibre. The fabric is not dyed but embellished with motifs in black, red, green or bright orange colours to set a good contrast against the golden backdrop.

17. Baluchuri Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Baluchuri Saree

The Baluchuri sarees are woven in the town of Baluchur in Murshidabad, West Bengal and are known for their unique and intricate designs. The borders of these Indian traditional sarees serve as a canvas depicting the stories from the Hindu mythology, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, which makes it a unique creation.

18. Kantha Stitch Saree

Indian Traditional Sarees - Kantha Stitch Saree

The pattern of the saree is created using simple run stitch on a silk or cotton yard. The stitches are used to create intricate patterns all over these Indian traditional sarees, especially on the pallu and the border using colourful silk threads.

Some of the other popular sarees of India include the Chanderi, Gadwal, Maheshwari, Kotki, Jamdani, Bomkai, Pat etc. So how about trying out some truly traditional varieties of Indian sarees for a change? So which one is it gonna be then? Also, do let us know if we missed out any other ones.

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