Saree is the most ancient and traditional form of garment draped by the women in India. Sarees are mainly made by these two methods which are hand woven and machine work sarees. In today’s fast-moving world where everything is about competition, machine woven sarees have made their way in the textile industry. But we all know that a machine work saree is incompatible in front of the exclusiveness of a hand work saree. Hand woven sarees are not only adored in India but also in many other countries which makes these sarees so special and expensive. However, you can be tricked, while purchasing hand woven sarees so you can try avoiding these mistakes while shopping for the same.
You can try avoiding these mistakes while buying a hand woven saree:
You will find many sarees having similar colours and embroidery patterns in the market. No two real hand work sarees can look exactly the same when kept side by side. Avoid buying sarees which has too many replica designs. Every hand woven saree is a unique piece in itself.
We get caught up in the features of the saree so much that we forget about the handloom mark and GI tags being stated or not on the saree. A handloom mark and a GI tag certify the authenticity and originality of a hand woven saree. It also shows the hard work of the weavers in India. You should always look for the GI tag or handloom mark while buying hand woven saree.
Many shopkeepers sell duplicate sarees mentioning as natural dyes. Don’t misjudge artificial dyes with natural dyes. Natural dyes depict the rich colour and legitimate texture of a real hand woven saree if looked very closely. You can compare it with other handloom saree dyes for a better judgement.
You may get tricked by the attarctive embroidery designs of the saree and end up buying the false hand work saree. Hand woven embroidery done by traditional methods like Phulkari, Chikanari and many more, is by experienced artisans. Observe if there are any loose threads or rough designs to avoid buying the false one.
You may fall for the beautiful design by just looking at the front side of the saree. But the reverse side design should be the exact replica of the front side design. A hand woven saree consumes a lot of time and hard work to be made with precision. If the reverse side is messed up having loose stitches and threads then it is not a hand work saree. The simplest way to spot by just reversing the `Pallu’ of the saree which has most of the embroidery work done.
We all look for accuracy in the patterns, designs and such factors while buying a saree. Keep in mind that in a genuine hand work saree you would never find accuracy in designs and patterns. It is a stunning and delicate work done by hand. Examine carefully certain minor flaws and some additional colour spills while purchasing the sarees because it is made manually.
We hope that we may have helped you know some points about hand woven sarees and mistakes you can avoid while purchasing hand woven sarees. Just keep these small tips and tricks in mind and you are ready to ace handwork saree’s shopping!
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