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Do you want to have a rare saree collection? India is a storehouse of art and culture, so there is no dearth of rare Indian sarees that collectors would love to own. A saree is not just a piece of garment; it is a work of art. And thus, many fashion enthusiasts as well as art connoisseurs take pride in collecting rare saree.
Traditional Indian sarees are of two types; famous and not so famous. For example, Kanjeevaram is a traditional saree but due to its patronage by many celebrities, it is at the peak of popularity now. However, you may not have heard of an equally gorgeous Southern saree called Dharmavaram. The traditional sarees that are both expensive and exclusive come under rare saree collections.
Such rare saree collections include sarees from across all the Indian states. Every state, city and district has its own form of art to offer. For example, every village in Orissa specializes in weaving a different type of saree. There are weavers' colonies in Bengal where different type of sarees are made over months of hard work. Weaving a typical ‘Patola', a rare India saree in Gujarat can be done only by 3 known families who do not share their art.
Here is a rare saree collection including 22 pieces of art. You may also find the prices of these sarees in the collection.
A typical Baatik saree is a work of art that is popular in the Shantiniketan regions of Bengal. The patterns are first drawn on plain silk sarees and then wax is used to block print these sarees.
Price: 1,000 to 2,000 INR
Pochampally sarees are a product of Nalgoda district of Andhra Pradesh. The dyeing is done in ikat style and the sarees are dual coloured. Many designers are re-inventing this dying art.
Price:1,500 to 2,500 INR
Hand Painted Bangalore Silk
Bangalore silk is a very common saree. But you will rarely find a Bangalorean silk saree that is hand painted with animal patterns. These rare sarees were once at the peak of fashion but are slowly dying out now.
Price: 2,000 to 5,000 INR
The Bomkai or Sonepuri sarees are woven in the Subarnpur district of Orissa by the Bhulia community. These legendary sarees are one of the best creations of Orissa. In fact, Bomkai sarees were part of Aishwariya Rai Bacchan's bridal trousseau.
Price: 5,000 to 8,000 INR
Baluchari sarees are made in the Bankura district of Bengal. These exquisite silk sarees display mythological stories on their pallu. The pallu has square blocks on which motifs are made with thread embroidery.
Price: 5,000 to 10,000 INR
This is a variety of Baluchari sarees itself that uses golden zari threads for embroidery. Both these varieties of sarees are dying out because it takes tremendous human effort to weave these sarees. But the results are not cost effective.
Price: 5,000 to 12,000 INR
Dharmavaram sarees are the temple sarees of Andhra Pradesh. These sarees are not as popular as their distant cousin Kanjeevaram. But they are no less gorgeous.
Price: 10,000 to 18,000 INR
Patola sarees made in Patan, Gujrat, have a royal legacy. The sarees were first woven for the kings and queens of the Solanki empire. These double ikat sarees are extremely expensive because it takes more than 6 months to weave each saree. Besides, Patola weaving is a family tradition restricted to a select few.
Price: 7,000 to 15,000 INR
Dhakai Zamdani is a famous saree from Dhaka, Bangladesh, but it is also produced in India now. However, half-Dhakai's are rare. As you can see, there are three distinct parts of this saree. The body of the saree is white, the pleats are black and the pallu is a combination of black and white.
Price: 5,000 to 7,000 INR
These days, hybrid sarees are being made by mixing two traditional sarees. Jute silk sarees are a classic example. These sarees are woven by mixing equal proportions of jute and silk.
Price: 2500 to 4000 INR
Kora silk is a variety of Banarasi silk sarees. The saree's fabric is organza giving it a light presence. This particular saree on display is called the ‘Nilambari' saree as it has various shades of blue.
Price: 3,000 to 7,000 INR
Bengali women wear a traditional red and white saree. This saree is most often a garad or a korial. This saree has a papery texture and is always worn on religious occasions. While earlier these sarees were plain red and white, now there are many designer versions available.
Price: 2,500 to 4,000 INR
Orissa has many different sarees that are both traditional and rare. Kotki is recognised by its jagged temple like patterns. These traditional sarees are now being re-discovered by modern fashion designers again.
Price: 3,000 to 8,000 INR
Chanderi sarees are very popular creations from Madhya Pradesh. These sarees are characteristically very thin and transparent. This particular Chanderi has been embroidered with jute threads which makes it a hybrid.
Price: 15,000 to 20,000 INR
Gadwal is again a saree originating in Madhya Pradesh. These sarees are recognised by their checked pattern and separately attached borders. Gadwal patterns can be woven in both silk and cotton.
Price: 3,000 to 8,000 INR
Tanchoi sarees that are native of Surat, Gujarat, have an interesting history. These sarees were originally brocades brought from China. The evolution of these delicate brocade fabrics was a result of Parsi traders who often went to China.
Price: 4,000 to 10,000 INR
Tussar is a fabric that is produced in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Tussar sarees in themselves are quite popular. However, this saree is special because there is zamdani thread-work (usually found on Dhakai sarees) on tussar fabric.
Price: 3,000 to 5,000 INR
Motka is type of silk that is popular in Bihar. Motka is a rough type of silk that is often printed. This saree looks different because it is in dual colours.
Price: 3,000 to 7,000 INR
Hazar buti is a type of tant saree that is produced in Bengal. Hazar buti literally stands for ‘a thousand dots'. This type of cotton sarees are a speciality of Plulia, Burdwan.
Price: 1,000 to 2,500 INR
Venkatgiri sarees have a royal tradition. These silk sarees were worn by the royal family of Nellore in the 1700s. Now, Venkatgiri sarees are specially woven in Andhra Pradesh.
Price: 3,000 to 6,000 INR
Tant and silk threads mixed together have an excellent result. This hybrid saree is easy to wear as it is neither flimsy like silk nor bloated like tant sarees. It is also reasonably priced.
Price: 4,000 to 7,000 INR
Katha Stitch Saree
Katha stitch is a particular kind of embroidery that we get to see on sarees. The thread embroidery is exquisite and mostly done in the Shantiniketan area of Bengal. This kind of embroidery takes a very long time to do. Katha stitch can be done on either cotton or silk sarees.
Price: 4,000 to 8,000 INR