Sarees are made from many different types of materials and decorated with many different styles of embroidery. The different types of materials all create different textures and styles of drapes and therefore very much shapes the overall look of the saree. The embroidery must also match the material of the saree.
One of the most common materials used for modern sarees is georgette. This is a reasonably sheer lightweight fabric which is slightly heavier and less opaque then chiffon. This makes georgette sarees ideal for creating pleats and creates an elegant saree drape. Georgette is often made of silk or polyester and has a slightly springy quality which makes it move on it’s own. This is again ideal for the saree pleats when walking and the saree drape.
On a georgette sari you can have both lighter and heavier types of embroidery and any type of print. A versatile sari and Indian suit material.
Chiffon is a material which gives an elegant floating appearance to any outfit and especially to the Indian sari. A chiffon sari, being so elegant is ideal for evening wear.
Chiffon is a sheer lightweight fabric which creates a lightweight sari which is suited to both light and heavier embroidery.
Chiffon can be made from silk, nylon or polyester.
Silk is a material famously associated with the Indian sari. Traditionally silk sarees have been considered a sign of wealth.
Silk sarees these days are less common although silk sarees still create a real look of elegance and are often simple and light to manage. Silk sarees have a natural shine which is great for showcasing traditional Indian prints.
Crepe is an increasingly popular material used for both sarees and in Indian fashion in general. Crepe is a woven or knitted fabric and often regarded as a luxurious material. Crepe sarees have a great drape and fall, again making crepe sarees perfect for evening wear.
Cotton sarees are often light-weight and easy care sarees. Cotton sarees are normally associated with a more casual sari style.
The bandhani sari can be traced back to it’s roots in Rajasthan and Gujarat in India. The bandhani print in both Indian fashion and Indian sarees has seen a recent revival.
Bandhani sarees and prints are recognisable by their distinct tie-dye print and bright colours used.
Designer Sarees & Exclusive Sarees
Designer and exclusive sarees are sarees that are not mass produced and have a more Indian haute couture feel. The sarees often have more intricate, heavier detailed embroidery and/or use more unusual cuts and designs.
Designer sari blouses often have more detailed and heavily embroidery and can be ready-made with modern cut blouses.
These types of sarees are usually regarded as high Indian fashion and reflect the latest Indian & Asian fashion.
Bollywood sarees are simply based on the current Bollywood styles seen in recent Bollywood movies. Bollywood movies and Bollywood fashion have a big following around the world and a Bollywood sari reflects this interest.
Wedding Sarees & Bridal Sarees
A bridal sari is worn by the Asian or Indian Bride on her wedding or engagement. Indian Bridal sarees or Asian Bridal sarees often have very intricate, heavy detailed embroidery.
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