When it is talked about the Indian fashion in clothing, the very first thing that comes to one’s mind is ‘Sarees’. The beauty of sarees is nonpareil, and the way they beautify the Indian women is why all of us admire sarees. To formally define, a saree is a female garment worn by the women of the Indian subcontinent, that has a drape that is wrapped over the waist and one of its ends draped around the shoulder. Saree is the identity of the Indian women. It is something which defines them, and sets them apart. Most foreigners upon seeing a woman wearing a saree would instantly recognize that the woman belongs to the Indian subcontinent.
Sarees are influenced by the culture of the women wearing it, and also the occasion where they are worn. This leads to innumerable types of sarees, the most popular ones of which are listed as below.
These sarees are very popular in Bengal. They are very soft as they are made of cotton. So, they are great for wearing in the summer season.
These sarees were originated in the Indian state of Gujarat. It’s a family tradition in the Rajkot/Patan area of Gujarat to weave these beautiful pieces of art.
As the name suggests, these sarees are peculiar to Kota, Rajasthan. They are simple, yet elegant. Hence, they are great for wearing at homes. They are sometimes also worn by brides during their weddings due to their simplicity and elegance.
These sarees are mainly worn in Bangladesh and some parts of West Bengal and Odisha.
These sarees have originated in Madhya Pradesh. They are so soft and subtle, and are also known as ‘see-through’ sarees.
Originated in Dhaka, Bangladesh, these cotton sarees are also very famous and are quite comfortable to wear.
These sarees originated in Bhagalpur, which is a small town situated near the banks of the Holy Ganges. These sarees are known for the silk they are made of, also known as Bhagalpuri silk.
Assam Silk Sarees
These are made of the gold colored Moga silk, which people of Sualkuchi, Assam weave. It is a unique type of silk and is very famous across India.
Banarasi Silk Saree
These sarees are known for their gold and silver brocade and heavy embroidery. These sarees are made up of a very delicate kind of silk and are mostly heavy due to the embroidery done on them.
Blouse Designs for Sarees
Sarees come with various blouse designs. One can choose the design according to one’s preferences. You can also look up on Stylecaret where you can find some amazing sarees with some beautiful blouse designs. Some of the popular blouse designs are listed as follows.
Round Neck Blouse Design
This is the most basic type of blouse design, yet it is elegant to have a sight of it. It never gets old, and always delivers a pleasant look to the eye. If nothing works, round necked blouse will!
Square Neck Blouse Design
This is also a simple design that you can try out if you have lean shoulders. This design looks quite elegant and eye-pleasing on silk sarees.
Chinese Collar Blouse Design
This design features good in cotton sarees. They are very easy to make and cut, yet offer a very elegant and elite look to the wearer. This design gained most of its popularity in 2016.
Some other popular blouse designs are tube style, high neck, spaghetti strap, shirt style and backless blouse designs.
When to wear Sarees?
It is said, “Saree is a garment for all seasons.” Yes, it is true! You can wear a saree whenever you like. You can wear light cotton sarees if it is too hot, or you can wear sarees made of a warm fabric if it is too cold in your region. From traditional Indian women to Bollywood actresses, all of them can be seen wearing sarees. Sarees are usually worn when there is some celebration, like a bride wears it during her marriage. Not only the bride, but her mother, sister and other relatives also wear a saree to depict closeness of the relationship and extent of the emotional bond they share. Sarees are also worn when there is something traditional, like a puja, or when some offering is made to the God. In many Indian cultures, it is mandatory for a woman to wear a saree even when at home. There are special sarees which women wear on Sundays. There are sarees of different designs that are made to wear on different occasions, like for parties, weddings, funerals, etc. So, for different occasions, different sarees are available which you can see on StyleCaret. Mostly, girls who turn 16 start wearing sarees at different occasions.
Sarees outside the Indian subcontinent
Are sarees worn outside India, say in the West? The answer is, proudly speaking, a big yes! Sarees influenced the countries outside the Indian subcontinent so much, especially during the late 1970s, that various stores were opened in the USA and Canada to sell sarees for Indian women, which later got popular among Americans who also started visiting the Indian stores to buy sarees thinking it resembles the western full gown that they used to wear. They, consequently, commenced liking sarees owing to the great comfort they provide to the wearer.
Nowadays, Bollywood actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Sudha Chandran and Aishwarya Rai are planning a lot of tours to the west and are making a lot of relations with them, like Priyanka Chopra made her debut in the Ellen Show some time back. This also exposes the western audience to Indian actress’s representative of the Indian culture and they notice the way these actresses dress. This also has led to an increasing popularity of sarees among the western people.
To summarize, sarees are an integral part of the culture of the Indian subcontinent and the women residing in it.