Classy Ethnic Fashions: Silk Sarees
Indian fashion is a treasure trove of rich garments and beautiful textiles. The kinds of beautiful clothes worn in India cannot be found anywhere else in the world. There is a tremendous amount of variety to choose from, but perhaps the single most iconic Indian garment is the silk saree. This is a garment that is uniquely placed in the ethnic and international market. On the one hand, it is one of the most traditional outfits in India. Many of the most beautiful regional varieties have been produced for many centuries and are steeped in royal associations. On the other hand, these sarees are also associated with a very classy and elegant aesthetic and have become an international hit because of the effortless way in which they combine traditional techniques with gorgeous designs. Thus, they appeal to women of all ages and different fashion sensibilities. They have commonly seen at traditional Indian weddings as well as high-end parties or even red carpets.
The traditionalists and textile enthusiasts always go for pure silk sarees over any other variety. As the name suggests, these are garments woven using only pure silk. Even within this category, there are many different varieties to choose from. The type of silk can vary from Tussar and Eri to Dupioni and Jacquard, each of which has a different aesthetic and look. The style of weaving will differ from place to place as artisans from each state or region usually have a unique method they use to make silk sarees. For instance, Mysore sarees are produced in and around Mysore and are famed throughout the world for their elegant and exquisite look. These are some of the finest sarees in the country and are widely coveted for their colorful, lustrous look and intricate designs. Another trendy garment from the neighboring state, the Kanjeevaram saree, is much richer and opulent in its look but the Mysore saree is often preferred because it is much more versatile and affordable despite having a fine look. It is not just south India where popular silk garments can be found; other areas like Varanasi, Patola, Surat, and Maharashtra are also known for their lovely pure silk sarees.
On the other hand, many modern women prefer to wear art silk made with artificially produced silk. These garments have a slightly different aesthetic because of the properties of the artificial fabric. They are much more affordable and usually come with more modern, western designs. Art silk sarees have a slightly stiff drape and muted look which makes them appropriate for low-key parties and office wear as well as weddings and festivals.