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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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Madurai Sungudi

Madurai Sungudi sarees originate from the Southern Temple City Madurai and are made by the Saurashtra communities since the sixteenth century during the Nayak dynasty rule in Madurai. The word ‘sungudi’ is specially denoted to Sourashtra community and is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘sunnam’ which means ‘round’. Thus, sungudi actually means ‘ringed dots’. These ringed dots are spread all over the saree due to which it gives a unique and special appearance to the saree.

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Salem Silk

Salem silk sarees that are often referred to as Salem silks are sarees that come in vibrant, long-lasting colors. These sarees come from the district of Salem in Tamilnadu. The name is a derivation of the term “Salya”, the ancient weaving community. These sarees began to be woven on a large scale during the 1980s. These sarees are worn on a variety of occasions. . Salem silk sarees come in bright colors with large motifs. The fabric is very soft and durable making them aesthetically appealing. With almost 130 spinning mills and weaving units, Salem has more than 20,000 families engaged in creating these beautiful sarees.

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Mysore Silk Sarees

Mysore silk sarees originate from the state of Karnataka which happens to be one of the largest mulberry silk producers in the country. The growth of this silk was brought about during the reign of Tipu Sultan in 1785 AD. It is a max of fine silk and pure gold zari. These fabrics were the first known production of machine-made silk sarees in India. Raw materials used in making the saree are obtained from a single cacoon. Processes like soaking, twisting, wafting and winding are followed once the density of the silk is assessed. The weaving process involves two types of looms; Dob by loom and the Jacquard loom. It takes 4 hours to make one saree. The next step,...

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