14 Most Famous Indian Sarees

Saree is a garment that is weaved with the threads of tradition and Indian culture. Today we do look at sarees as a style statement because they are fashionable garments. However, famous Indian sarees are more about tradition and culture than a mere fashion trend. There is a legacy behind every type of saree that is popular in India.

The famous Indian sarees come from the different regions of the country. Every state has its own variety of silk saree or cotton saree and sometimes even both. Each of these famous Indian sarees are crafted in a special way using different fabrics and embroidery techniques. There are predominantly two types of sarees in India depending on the fabric; silk sarees and cotton sarees. Within these 2 wide categories, there are numerous variations.

Almost every state or district in India has its own style of workmanship. For example, the weavers of Bengal are famous for their Zamdani work. In Aurangabad, the golden threadwork on Paithani sarees are famous. That is why, the famous sarees in India are almost impossible to count. But Boldsky has put together a list of 14 sarees that you would surely like to check out.

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Kanjeevaram

Lets begin with the most famous bridal saree of South India. Kanjeevaram basically comes from a place called Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. This saree is known for its vibrant colours and excellent temple pattern borders.

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Dhakai

One of the most exquisite cotton sarees in India originated in Dhaka, Bangladesh. But now, the zamdani work of the sheer cotton sarees is done in West Bengal too.

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Paithani

Paithani is the famous saree of Maharashtra. It is said that in the time of the great Maratha kings, real gold thread was used to embroider these sarees.

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Sambalpuri

There both silk and cotton sarees that are made in the Sambalpuri style. This style of embroidery comes from a small place called Sambalpur in Orissa.

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Pattu Saree

They say that nature has so many colours in the paradise called Kerala, that you don't need any bright colours on your clothes. Pattu sarees are white and have gold borders.

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Assam Silk

The state of Assam produces the best silk in the country. They are famous for weaving delicate gold coloured Moga silk and have their own style of threadwork as well.

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Banarasi Saree

Banarasi silk sarees are famous because of their colours and texture. These sarees often have heavy golden embroidery and are popular bridal sarees in North India.

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Pochampally

When it comes the cotton sarees, you will find few others as vivid as Pochampally sarees. They have earthy colours and metrical block prints.

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Gota Saree

Gota is a special kind of lace border that is attached to the edges of the saree. This kind of work is found in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

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Chanderi

This is a variety of tissue silk that gives rise to see-through sarees. Madya Pradesh is famous for producing these elegant pieces of masterful art.

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Bomkai

State of Orissa is particularly known for making famous Indian sarees. Another tiny village of Bomkai is the hub of producing handwoven sarees that would take your breath away.

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Tant

Bengal is the best place to buy crisp cotton sarees that are known as Tant. The specialty of this saree is that it is stiffly starched and contains excellent workmanship.

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Kota

Kota sarees are usually made of cotton. They hail from the city of Kota in Rajasthan. They can be simple enough to be worn at home and they can also be exclusive as bridal sarees.

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Kotki

Kotki sarees also hail from Orissa. They can be recognized by the jagged temple patterns on them.

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    Story first published: Saturday, July 13, 2013, 15:01 [IST]
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