Silk sarees are one of the most elegant, unique, and exquisite kinds of attire in the whole world. One can easily identify and relate to Indian culture just by looking at an elegantly draped six yards of beauty that is a Silk Saree.
It is nothing short of a marvel how these sarees are made so brilliantly as most of them are handmade and woven in the small homes of weavers across India. Silk Sarees are made from various kinds of silks and these silks are extracted from various species of silkworms.
There are many kinds of silks that are now made from plant fibers as well and these fibers replicate the same sheen and texture as that which is extracted from Silkworms and hence termed as vegan silk.
Tradition of Silk Sarees
In India, silk sarees capture a very special and auspicious place. Silk sarees can be seen as part of many traditional ceremonies not just as attire but also placed alongside all the articles which are used for pooja. SIlk is considered holy and is used to drape the idols of gods and goddesses as well.
Silk sarees are presented to temples and are used in prayers and prayer rituals. Silk Sarees originated with the extraction of silk from silkworms. When this fabric was discovered, it was slowly used in the manufacturing and making of all kinds of attires such as silk sarees, shawls, kameez, bedsheets, and other beddings, etc.
Silk is one of the softest and most skin-friendly materials. It also eludes style and elegance and due to its limited supply and availability, it is also one of the most unique and rare kinds of fabric, which makes it expensive and in great demand.
Silk is directly linked to fashion, elegance, prosperity, auspicious ceremonies and therefore silk sarees have a vital role to play in the society and cultural holdings in the homes of Indians. There are many kinds of silk sarees based on the region the sarees are made from.
Each region in India has its own way of making these sarees based on their cultural outlook, the designs used, the zari work, and the type of work that these sarees have. Some of the most popular kinds of Silk Sarees are mentioned below:
1. Banarasi Silk Saree
One of the most expensive and regal sarees, these are made in the Varanasi area of Northern India and are mostly made from golden thread zari work and used for bridal attires.
2. Kanchipuram Silk Saree
Most extravagant and unique sarees made from the softest mulberry silk and with unique Hindu mythological designs, these sarees are very auspicious and made in Southern India for bridal functions.
3. Muga Silk Sarees
This Assam-based silk saree is very popular for its soft texture and ease of use and has a golden tint sheen to it and is made with elegant designs.
4. Tussar Silk Sarees
Made from soft silk and mixed with different fabrics and dyed in bright colors, these elegant silk sarees can be sported for all kinds of functions and occasions. It has a deep golden sheer to it with bright motifs which make it outstanding.
5. Chanderi Silk Sarees
The soft and transparent sheer texture of this silk saree makes it unique and easy to handle and drape. Best for simple and elegant wearers, Chanderi silk is one of the rarest kinds of fabrics to own.