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Saree is a six-yard wonder for the women of the world.

A person will be dazzled by the amount of aesthetics a saree beholds and protrudes with each vibrant swing. Every lady, with all her heart, should drape an Indian handloom saree to feel the dignity it effumes. The amount of space and convenience a fabric creates will stay in your heart forever. It is an exclusive euphoria for the womenfolk to experience at least once in their life.

There are different colours, different patterns, different craftsmanship, and different destinations. Heap your wardrobe back home with the best collections of sarees from India. All you have to do is to plan a solid 3-4 weeks in India with your treasured ones. Make your next vacation in India count!

We are ready to guide you with The Saree Tour of India. You will be travelling to 10 different states with utmost ease and comfort. We can personalize your trip according to your convenience. Let the saree hunt begin.

“Stay Simple. Stay Sassy. Drape a Saree”

The Tour Route Map from Kerala to Kolkata Covering 10 Different Sarees and States

#1 The Kasavu Sarees of Kuthampully Village

Kasavu Sarees of Kuthampully Village near Shoranur Railway Station

The conventional cotton-weaving hamlet of Kuthampully is just 50 km northeast of Thrissur, Kerala. The families of the Devanga community who were once brought from Karnataka are still weaving the most elegant sarees in India. To meet the current trends, modern methods of weaving have also been introduced. The imitation Zari and cotton are uniquely designed to preserve the rich history. The diminishing numbers of weavers need more audience for continuing the tradition. This weaving village is just 100 km away from Cochin International Airport. Kasavu saree and Kasavu Mundu have become an integral part of Kerala. Drape the culture of God’s Own Country and support the weavers of Kuthampully.

#2 The Banana Sarees of Coorg – A Unique Drape

The Unique Draping of Kodagu Women with Pleats at the Back

There is a unique way of saree draping in Kodagu (Coorg) of Karnataka. An interesting legend connects it with the Cauvery River. Since that face-off with Cauvery River, Coorgi women tend to drape the pleats at the back of their waist. Married women drape a small chunk of clothing on their head to add to the beauty. As adept mountain climbers, this ancient drape makes for a perfect climb. The local bazaars of this pristine coffee land sell banana silk sarees. Go for a pleasant stroll and drape the Coorgi way. Namdroling Monastery is a must-visit place to visit in Coorg. Try Kodava cuisine and taste coffee in Coorg.

#3 The Goddess of Silk Sarees – Kanchipuram

The colourful craftsmanship of Kanchipuram Silk Sarees

From the sizzling shades of the dyes used with 57% silver and 0.6% gold to the perfect camouflage of the interlinking portions of ‘Pallu’ (the loose end), everything about Kanchipuram Silks is eccentric. More than 5000 families depend on this artistic weaving technique. Kanchipuram Sarees are exported to different regions of the world like Italy, Russia, Sri Lanka, and the USA. The legend of Lord Vishnu gives an important place to this silk fabric in which two skilled workers perform different work. One weaves while the other dyes and it takes more time to complete one single sari. Prices range from 50 dollars to 2000 US dollars. But it is worth the investment as Kanchipuram Pattu (Silk) has a longer life than most of the Sarees of the world. Drape the heritage of the City of 1000 Temples, Kanchipuram which has been active since the Tamil Sangam Era. This heritage saree town is located at a distance of 75 km from Chennai International Airport.

#4 The Beautiful Borders of Gadwal Sarees

The Borders of Gadwal Sarees were Inspirations from Temple Architecture

Gadwal Sarees of erstwhile Andhra and Present day, Telangana is the most important reasons for the growth of the textile industry in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The small manual machines and spinning looms that came in the 1930s helped weavers produce sarees easily. The unique quality of this saree is in the usage of cotton in the entire drape and silk creating the borders. The weaving style of Gadwal saree is known as ‘Kupadam‘ while the weaving of golden-zari border is called ‘Kumbam‘. Although modern designs are available, originally border designs were inspirations from temple architecture. Just three hours away from Hyderabad!

#5 The Princess of Heirlooms – Paithani Sarees

Paithani Sarees with Peacock Designs are Popular Picks

Paithan in Aurangabad (where Ajanta and Ellora Caves are present) is known for its Paithani Sarees. An inevitable trousseau of any bride, especially for the women of Maharashtra. It is considered as royalty and was worn by aristocrats of the past. Paithani sarees have transcended the era of the Mughals, British, and Peshwas to still shine bright and beautiful. The era of the Satavahana Dynasty which ruled from 2nd century BC to 2nd century AD introduced Paithani sarees. Buy Paithani sarees from the manufacturing hub of Paithan, Yeola. In the olden days, silk from China and zari from real gold and silver were used. However, mulberry silk and zari from surat are utilized with the same precision. The saree looks different at different times of the day as there is one colour applied for length-wise threading and another for width-wise threading. Some Paithani sarees will take around two years to come to the spotlight. The real credit goes to a careful weaver who puts his soul into the whole process.

#6 The Oldest Tie and Dye Art – The World of Bandhani

A Six-yard Fabric with a 5000-Year-old History and Heritage

Since the time of Bana Bhatt’s Harshacharitra, Bandhani Sarees are worn. A tie and dye art that is more than 5000 years old. Not only in Surat of Gujarat but also in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, Bandhani sarees are being weaved. The visual remnants as evidence are still present inside Ajanta Caves while the Khatri community of Gujarat is credited with popularizing Bandhani in India. The shades of Red, Green, Blue, Black, and Yellow are mostly used in Bandhani sarees to create that quirky texture. There are peculiar symbols like dots, stripes, squares, and waves while patterns include Ekdali, Leheriya, Shikari, and Mothra. An everyday saree with impeccable heritage and history.

#7 The Breezy Super-Cosy Sarees of Maheshwar

As Delicate as a Drizzle. As Beautiful as Belle.

As a prime centre for handloom weaving, on the banks of Narmada, Maheshwar is a royal town in Madhya Pradesh. The royal family of the Malwa were instrumental in bringing up this regal weaving culture. During the Holka Reign, Rani Ahilya Bai Holka had set up a team of craftsmen, picking the best weavers from Malwa and Surat. She had gifted sarees to those who visit her palace and she was herself a wonderful weaver. The heavy older pit looms and newer frame looms are the two types of handlooms. The lightweight of Maheshwari sarees makes it a comfortable attire for women all year long. The reversible borders and bright coloured ‘pallu’ (loose end) are distinct features of the Maheshwari Sarees.

#8 The Finest Silk Saree in the World – Kosa of Champa

The Original Brownish-Gold Shade of the Shiny Kosa Silk Sarees

Kosa Silk Saree is a quintessential garment for a lithe physique and is one of the varieties of Tussar Silk Sarees. The silkworm of India, Antheraea mylitta is the source of these sturdy sarees of Chhattisgarh. Kosa Sarees are available in the shades of orange, dark honey, pale golden, cream, and fawn. These sarees are exclusively made in India and known for their soft-texture. The original brownish-gold colour of Kosa Silk Sarees gets the natural dyes of the fire flower, lac, and Rora Flower. The Kosa Silk Sarees of Champa in Chhattisgarh is the finest silk saree in the whole world. The silk obtained from the cocoons of Arjun, Sala, and Sal trees is useful in making this precious fabric. The western world is already into this fine fabric for its authentic nature. Wear one to a Chhattisgarh wedding and spread your auspicious vibes. Let the history of Champa cherish for its beloved sarees.

#9 The Historic Saree of Secrets – Bomkai of Ganjam

The Historic Stories and Secrets laden Saree of Odisha – Bomkai

The hamlet of Ganjam in Odisha weaves Bomkai or Sonepuri saree using the “Ikat technique” (tie-dyeing before weaving) which is a derivative of the Indonesian technique called “Mangikat”. The connection of the fabrics with Egyptian Pharaohs, the complex patterns, and association with the regal community of Odisha make this saree a must-buy saree in India. The warp and weft technique is used to make Bomkai Sarees. The perpendicular insertion of the thread is Tana (Waft) and parallel insertion of the thread is Bana (Weft). The Ikat design, pastel-coloured body, unfinished temple designs, and beads of the borders are the salient features of Bomkai Sarees. While Patola Sarees look like a twin of Bomkai or Sonepuri Sarees, they have animal designs in them. The colours used to decorate Lord Jagannath in Puri Jagannath Temple are present in Bomkai Sarees too.

#10 The Mythological Baluchari Saree of Murshidabad

The Cradle of Indian Mythology Crafted in a Baluchari Saree

The craftsmanship of Baluchari Sarees started in Murshidabad district of West Bengal some 500 years ago. The mythological tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata are depicted in large sizes in the “pallu” of the saree. Bishnupur became the next capable weaving centre after few natural calamities hit Murshidabad. It takes around a week to weave a Baluchari saree and is an aristocrat’s adorable possession. The most famous Baluchari saree design is the one Lord Krishna tells the story of Bagavatha Geetha to Arjuna. The best saree to wear at wedding ceremonies and festivals, complemented by necklaces and ornaments. Baluchari Saree was given the National Award for its weaving style in 2009 and 2010. A connoisseur’s favourite drape.

Spend a solid 3-4 weeks of time in India to not only purchase the most beautiful sarees of the world but also to support a large family of people largely dependant on weaving and crafting these timeless fabrics. As a precious gift to the women of the world, a Saree is an exclusive paradise where graceful souls can live and find shelter forever. Come, drape it!

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8 responses to “10 Beautiful Indian Sarees to Drape and Heap your Wardrobe | The Saree Lover Tour of India”

  1. […] and roadblocks. Welcome Indian Summers! Wear genie pants, doll up in colourful scarfs and drape yourself in one of the beautiful sarees to beat the heat. There are dhoti options and handloom shirts to keep yourselves cool. You can put […]

  2. Ankitaa says:

    Well written blog. Definitely Indian drapes are fascinating and make you look gorgeous.

  3. Ankitaa says:

    Well written blog. Definitely Indian drapes are fascinating and make you look gorgeous and its something I would definitely flaunt during a celebration.

  4. Shadhan says:

    Arani in Tiruvannamalai district is known for its silk sarees. Arani is also called as the silk city. Arni Silk Sarees is also popular like Kanchipuram Silk Sarees. Anyway Thanks for this amazing blog

  5. […] 10 Beautiful Indian Sarees to Drape and Heap your Wardrobe | The Saree Lover Tour of India […]

  6. Prati lux says:

    Always loved your collection of silk sarees. All the pictures are fabulous and the prints of kosa silk sarees are very unique and fresh. Looking forward to get one of these sarees for my wardrobe as well. Keep posting such amazing stories, looking for more in future.

  7. shadhan says:

    Thanks for your post which is truly informative for us and we will surely keep visiting this website.

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