5 Traditional Indian Sarees You Can't Miss This Festive Season

Sumana Kukke


Why do I talk about sarees all the time? 

Because for me, a saree is synonymous with elegance and grace. They are magic!

This nine-yard staple is a magic wand that can transform you into a graceful bride, a trendy teenager out for the day or an all-time glamour diva

 And when you wear a saree, it completely redefines you from a regular woman into a true ‘woman of substance’ (at least in my eyes).

Their versatility is what makes them timeless and one of the season's favorites. Whether it is festivals, marriages, or celebrations, sarees are timeless. With the festive season just around the corner, it's time to pull out all your beautiful Indian outfits. 

While shopping for sarees for the upcoming festive season, be sure to check out these traditional five! 


Eternal Banarasi 

Of all the sarees, Banarasi sarees are perhaps one of the most popular ones. These are handwoven in Varanasi (formerly Benares), with intricate designs inspired by Mughal architecture. Since they’re such an integral part of Indian culture and heritage, you’ll find them in almost every wedding trousseau.

One of the most famous Banarasi silk sarees is the Katan silk saree with zari work on its pallu. The texture of this saree is heavy and rich in looks. This type of Banarsi saree is suitable for weddings, festivals, or any occasion, where eyou want to look your best


Royal Chanderi

The Chanderi saree was once worn by royalty and aristocracy in central India. The famous organza fabric from Chanderi is known for its lightweight and transparency. This ethnic saree comes with an all-over zari buttis (small motifs) on the body of the saree with a golden border. 

 It is made of three fibers – cotton, silk, and zari. These light-weighted sarees are best suited for summer and spring. Chanderi sarees come in vibrant colors, intricate motifs, and traditional patterns.

Pair it with a heavily embroidered blouse and accessories to complete your look.


Mystic Maheshwari

The Maheshwari saree is a classy attire derived from Madhya Pradesh. The beauty of this saree lies in its handwoven borders with silk threads and intricate motifs on the pallu. 

The pallu is adorned with vibrant colors such as magenta, pink, green, mauve, violet, and maroon. They are distinguished by their five stripes, two white and three colored, alternately. Maheshwari sarees also feature reversible borders that can be worn either way.

The Maheshwari saree can be worn on any occasion and is an all-time favorite for many women across India. 


Sheer Kota

Kota sarees, also known as Kota Dorias, are a unique blend of cotton and silk thread woven in a square checkered pattern (also known as khat), while gold and silver provide for detailing.

Kota sarees have a simple yet elegant look. And it is perfect for any occasion – be it a wedding, festival or just a family get-together. You can pair it with minimal accessories to make a statement on any occasion.


Classy Paithani

Paithani sarees bear the name after the small town of Paithan in Aurangabad, where they originate. These sarees are handwoven using pure silk and handloom techniques. They feature an intricate pattern on the border and pallu, created by drawing the warp and weft threads together.

Brocades are an intrinsic part of this tradition. Their floral motifs, peacocks and parrots, deities, and geometric patterns make the sarees look rich and elegant. The zari used to create these designs is usually gold or silver alloyed with copper. They are designed in such a way that they can be worn as both formal and casual wear.

The sarees listed above are just five of the many options you can try this festive season. It is never too late to revamp your wardrobe, and now is the perfect time for it. Add a sense of classiness to your wardrobe with one of these sarees.

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