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Kota Doria

Kota Doria sarees get their name from Kota, a small city in Rajasthan where these sarees were generally manufactured. The term Doria means thread. These sarees are manufactured mainly by the Ansari community of the Kota state, mostly located on the outskirts of the state. 1500 weavers are located in this cluster which is about 15km from Kota city. The distinct features of this fabric include its intriguing square pattern. The fabric is very lightweight and is most comfortably worn in summers. It is very low maintenance making it one of the favorites of our population. The unique square weaves are called ‘khats’. This one of a kind checkered weave of the Kota sari is made on the traditional ‘pit...

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Ilkal Saree

Ilkal saree is a traditional piece of clothing produced in the town of Ilkal in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka state. They are famous for the ‘tope teni’ technique, which involves the joining of the body warp with the pallu warp with a series of loops. This technique is exclusively used in Ilkal. Preparatory work requires 2-3 artisans while the weaving process only requires 1 person. Production can take upto 7 days, with the help of a hand-loom. The warp threads for the body are prepared seperately from the pallu. Both using different silks; artificial or pure. Generally the color used on the border is the same as the pallu. The distinct characteristic features in these sarees is the embroidery...

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Puneri Pagadi

The Puneri Pagadi is a turban originating from the city of Pune, Maharastra. It was commonly a symbol of pride and honor but over the years the use of the traditional pagadi in India can also be seen amongst youngsters in schools and colleges. The pagadi was introduced in the 19th century by Mahadev Govind Ranade, a social reformer. It is used mostly on special occasions like wedding ceremonies, worn by the groom, and traditional days in schools and colleges. Pagadis are also used as a very important piece of accessory on many occasions, be it a wedding or some prayer ceremony. Some religions also use it as their symbol of honor, that is the Sikhs. Pagadis have also become...

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Banarasi Silk Sarees

Banarasi sarees originated from a city called Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Banarasi sarees are one of the finest and intricately designed sarees in India. The thing which makes it different as well as very unique is the beautiful work of gold and silver brocade on fine silk.  Varanasi, which flourished as a textile centre when it was the capital of Kasi kingdom, in the 5th or 6th century BC, became a crucial centre for silk and cotton fabrics. Around the 17th century, when the silk weavers from Gujarat migrated to Kasi, the Zari and brocade work started on to the sarees. These brocade works saw a new development during the Mughal period. The designing of the Banarasi sarees...

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Kovai Cora Cotton

Kovia Kora cotton saree is a type of saree made in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. It has only just been recognized as a Geographical Indication by the Government of India in 2014-15. This cotton is made from a blend of silk and a superior quality cotton yarn. This mixing with traditional silk produces the famous kora cotton which is weaved on a traditional hand-loom. Every saree takes three days for the weaving process. The sarees feature bright colored border designs with the minimal use of shining zari. Like most south Indian sarees, it’s appeal lies in its lavish pallu and border designs. Motifs, which are created by the artistic interplay of silk and cotton thread woven together. After the fabric is woven,...

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