Handloom sarees are an integral part of Indian culture. Every city, every village, every region that one travels in India, one can see that the handloom sarees of that region are as conspicuous as the women folk there. Most popular attire among women even today, the rush for handloom sarees in silk and cotton during festivals and the numerous festive offers on these sarees all through the year is a living testimony to the popularity of handloom sarees that sell the most throughout India among various women attires.
One of the main reasons for the popularity of handloom sarees throughout the country is their sheer variety. The country boasts of over a 100 varieties of weaves and with each of them made purely by hand, no two sarees are a replica of each other and shout out uniqueness and exclusivity. To add to this, there are many artisan clusters that specialize in adorning and ornamenting these sarees in various forms like hand painting, block printing, embroidering or patchwork.
The price range too is very varied for handloom sarees. Depending on the intricacy of the weave, the textile, fabric, craftsmanship, embellishment and many other factors involved in their making, the prices of these sarees can range from anywhere from Rs.500 to couple of lakhs of rupees!
Every nook of India is potent with talent and every region has something unique to boast about. While some weaving clusters showcase great talent in weaving heavy silk sarees in real zari brocades like the Banarasis and the Kachipurams, some showcase deft in weaving very fine fabric like the diaphanous Chanderis and the soft silken Mysore silk sarees, some expertise in tie and dye art like the Patolas, the Bandhanis and the Sambalpurisand others specialize in embroidery like Chikankari and kantha and yet others have mastered the art of beautifying these handloom sarees with hand paintings like the Madhubanis and the Kalamkaris or with block printing like the Bangh and Bagru.
An immense sea of talent, the one thing that is common among handloom sarees is that they are country’s legacy with weaving clusters that have been around for centuries with the tradition of weaving passing from one generation to another.