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It is one of the oldest trend attire of India it never lost its charm it has been in trend all time. Many bollywood divas have praised saree is an evergreen attire of its beauty at one time or the other. While some like Kareena Kapoor flaunts her figure in it, some glam dolls like Deepika Padukone adore it and some like Rekha and Vidhya Balan exude elegance on it. Yes, we are taking about the Indian wonder of nine yards- Saree.

Appreciated worldwide:

Saree is used by Indian women & women from other countries as well. As it is traditionally worn in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Nepal. It is quite popular in Malaysia and Singapore too and western women have also taken to wearing them at times. saree is an evergreen attire Women from USA, Canada, UK, Australia often like to wear it.

Perfect for all Seasons:

There are varieties of fabric a saree could have. For summers Cotton sarees are evergreen but you can opt Khadi, Chiffon, Net or Linen. For winters Silk sarees are obviously the best but something heavy like velvet would also be a good choice.

Monsoon go for the ones which dry easily like Georgette, Poly-georgette and Chiffon as they help your skin to breathe and keeps you fresh also, these are light and easy to carry. There are varieties of other fabrics as well like Crepe, Rayon etc. At Present , Ikat sarees, floral sarees, digital printed linen saree are in trend.

Traditional Maheshwari Saree
Traditional Maheshwari Saree

It is traditional dress and it is contemporary dress as well:

You can not restrict a saree by the kind of event you are attending. It can be worn traditionally at weddings, festivals, family functions, puja, etc. and you can wear designer glamorous saree and slay it at parties, receptions, get-togethers, re-unions, etc. on the other hand you can wear plain elegant saree at corporate events, meetings, seminars, etc and keep your look formal. 

A universal constant:

The saree is universal constant, this means any women can wear it irrespective of their age, color, caste, class, size, etc. A grandmother can share her saree to her granddaughter and they both can carry off the same saree with equal charm both can differ their whole saree look by adding up accessories like earrings, neck piece, etc. according to them.

‘Beautiful saree is approached not only by a conservative dresser but also a fashionista.’

These were the main reasons why saree is called as an evergreen attire.

Tips to quirk up your saree look:

  1. You can drape two or more sarees together to create a new different look. Try keeping colour of both the sarees in contrast it will help you to be centre of talking and look like a diva.
  2. You can drape a saree as a gown without stitching and make it look something extraordinary.
  3. You can team up your saree with denims, jeans, jeggings and skirts. Even with sharara, churidar and dhoti. also, wear sneakers or boots to complete your look or add a leather belt or any other waist belt to make a style statement.
  4. To make your saree outfit look casual, wear a blazer or full length shrug over it.
  5. You can drape any scarf over your tube bra to make tube top blouse this hack will help you to have variety of tube top blouses.
  6. There is nothing quirkier than putting your everyday clothes to use when wearing a saree. Try wearing your basic tops and t-shirts with your saree. Bell sleeves, off shoulders, Ruffled tops and the most basic Polo neck top will go best with the indo-western fusion look.

Traditional essentials your wardrobe should have:

  1. Desi jewellery like traditional jhumkas, maang teeka, payals, choker, etc.
  2. Golden or Multicoloured blouse.
  3. Multicoloured or bandhani dupatta.
  4. Long skirt.
  5. Anarkali suit.
  6. Jhola bag and clutch.
  7. Jutti or any other traditional footwear.
  8. Lehenga chholi.
  9. Printed plazzo, patiyala salwar.
  10. Last but not the least, A beautiful Saree.

Importance of saree in india, Women regularly wear underclothes of a half-slip tied round the waist and a decent blouse or breast-wrap that ends slightly below the bust, which give the idea for wrapping the material of the sari.

In Fact our childhood, we all know what is the importance of saree in india, “SAREE” very well, as an all time desired female dress. It does not need an introduction. An ethical, but particularly common women’s attire, from ancient times to the present. Starting from a traditional outfit, to a journey of a glamorous party dress.

There are many various sorts of wrapping the sari, and these vary consistent with gender, region, class , ethnic background, & private style.

Many men wear saris that only cover the lower half their bodies.

Our saree may be a gift of pure Hindu tradition. Saree always features a pallu (Free end of a saree, normally worn over the shoulder and head).

Benefits of saree

Women never let it fall from their head, and if it does fall, it remains draped round the shoulder. Women fasten the pallu to the waist and obtain involved in their work.

After the daughter’s marriage, the daddy requests the bridegroom’s parents – ‘Accept my daughter in your pallu’.

Western Outfits like jeans, T-shirt, chudidar, salwar-kurta, became an inseparable a part of this day Hindu woman’s lifestyle.

Maheshwari saree

Any Outfit  unknowingly influences the attitude of the wearer. The prevalent rajasik-tamasik attire like chudidar, jeans, etc. make a lady impulsive and inclined towards worldly pleasures.

Again, sattvik attire like the six-yard or a nine-yard saree, make a lady virtuous and Dharma-abiding.

Blog by : Sunita Kabra

Narrangi support Vocal for local

# vocal for local

We are proud disciples of be Vocal for Local and would love the opportunity to offer you with our elegantly handwoven & thoughtfully designed products like clothing,

Home decor supporting the # Indian heritage.World is going through very hard time, specially India which have observed world’s longest lock down in the history till date.

It is a major setback to the economy.

It is feasible only when we will support our only local & swadishi products. Let’s appreciate our local brands let’s take a pride in purchasing our local products let’s make our local brands global.

At Naarangi We bring you the finest handloom textiles directly from weavers of central India, Our aim is to provide our customers with a unique expression of regional tradition (each saree is only woven once)

While helping to provide sustainable employment of hundreds of weavers across the subcontinent.

Let’s make “ Vocal for local” and celebrate the spirit of India.

We at ‘The Naarangi’ support the handlooms, handicraft product across India with the majority of our products being

vocal for local

#handwoven & supporting the local artisans.

we provide the specialty of our state & we are proud to be Indian. When you are purchasing handloom, handicraft product, you are purchasing a small part of an artist’s Heart.

Handmade in India is an initiative of the govt of India stating a requirement to market vocal for local. Make in india is far quite an inspiring slogan.

On the Appeal of Hon. prime minister Narendra Modi Ji, Celebrities took to social media promoting the message of “vocal for local”.

The message promotes and celebrates handmade products to inspire the country choose clothing made by Indian brands of Naarangi.

Also highlight India’s hand loom industry.

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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:

 Buying Similar Looking Sarees

 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.  

Missing Marks And Tags

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.

Misjudging Artificial Dyes As Natural Dyes

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.

Getting Tricked By The Embroidery Designs

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.

Messed Up Reverse Side

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.

 Looking for Accuracy In Patterns

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!
Naarangi Crafts is there for you to help you resolve your traditional wear fashion related queries and authentic hand woven sarees.

Mentioned in Vedas and found in the records of Indus Valley Civilization (3300–1300 B.C.E.), the Indian saree is the oldest form of garment in the world which is still in existence even after more than 5000 years. Although being so ancient form of clothing its demand and popularity has always been on all-time high. Be it on ramp or at leading fashion shows or on streets of rural and urban India it is worn by politicians, actresses and farmers alike. Let us explore some interesting tales behind different sarees in India.

  1. Paithani Saree – Maharashtra

It is named after the town of its inception i.e. Paithan. A saying that goes with the Paithani sarees is that they are “hand woven poems in gold & silk”. The craft of weaving the sari was invented in 200 B.C. and flourished during the Satvahana era. These sarees symbolise intellectually refined elites.

  • Chanderi Saree- Madhya Pradesh

Chanderi saree also got its name from the town where it is made i.e. Chanderi town in Ashoknagar district of MP. It was the favoured fabric of Indian royal women because of its soft, light texture and transparency and remains so even today. Weaving a handwoven Chanderi saree takes over 3 days or sometimes more, depending on the complexity of the design.

  • Kanchipuram Sarees- Tamil Nadu

Kanchipuram is a type of silk made in Tamil Nadu and the sarees made from this silk are known as Kanchipuram Sarees. They are also known as Kanjeevaram Sarees. Distinguished by their wide contrast borders these sarees are worn on special occasions and festivities. In many of these sarees the rich woven pallu shows the painting of Raja Ravi Verma or the epics of Mahabharata & Ramayana. These sarees have been recognized as Geographical Indication (GI) by Government Of India in the year 2005-06.

  • Muga Silk Saree – Assam

These sarees outlast the owner. Yes! you heard it right about the Muga Silk sarees. Once reserved only for royalty, this durable silk has a natural yellow tint in it. Although given GI tag in 2007 the Muga Silk sarees are known to be in existence since the rule of Ahom dynasty (1228-1826). And one Muga silk saree roughly takes 2 months to get completed, from rearing the silkworm to obtaining the finished product.

  • Jamdani Saree- Bengal

Considered to be Bengali Bride’s Wedding trousseau, it is typically woven with a mixture of cotton & gold thread. Historically Jamdani was known as Muslin. It is considered one of the most time consuming and labour-intensive handloom weaving. In 2013, the traditional art of weaving jamdani was declared a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

And these are the tales of just 5 sarees and many more have to be read. Although different in look, appearance, weaving technique, designs and motifs this piece of clothing binds the whole of India into one. And for adding into your collection such genuine & rich sarees from different states of India do visit Naarangi Crafts.