Sarees of West India have a distint quality and style that are typical of
the states of that region. Different regions of India have their styles and
designs of sarees which differ from one region to another, from one state to
another, depending on their fabrics, prints, colors and also weaving and
dyeing patterns. The saris of the states of West India like Gujarat,
Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh or Maharashtra have a noticeable character that
displays the creativity and tradition of West India. These states have
distinctive traditional textiles. The dominant characteristic of the sarees
of West India is achieved by the three most popular dyeing techniques: block
printing, tie & dye and ikat. Infact these dyeing techniques have
evolved in this region and some of these are seen in sarees like patola,
bandhani etc. West Indian sarees also display extensive embroidery works
giving prominence to colour, metallic thread (zari) embroidery works,
coupled with sparkling embellishments like sequins,tinsel,and mirrors
Popular Sarees of West India
Let us check out below the popular
sarees of West India:
sarees or the bandhej sarees are the famous sarees of Rajasthan and Gujarat
displaying the famous tie and dye works of India. There are silk, cotton,
chiffon, synthetic bandhej sarees usually, dyed in two contrasting colors
and the patterns are normally on the border and the Pallu.
One of the
most sought after sarees in west India is the Chanderi Saree. Chanderi
sarees in silk and cotton are known for their exclusive quality gold thread
work and their designs are taken from Chanderi temples.
The western part of India has rich embroidered tradition, made famous by
ethnic groups like rabaris and sodha Rajputs. The embroidered tinsel sarees
have zardozi or gold thread embroidery, which was earlier patronized by the
Moghul emperors. These finely embroidered sarees have always become an
inextricable part of an Indian bridal trousseau.
When we talk about west India, how can we forget the brocade sarees of
Gujarat? These are the traditional brocade sarees with golden butis
(circular designs) which are seen woven in the warp direction instead of the
weft. The floral designs in coloured silks against a golden ground fabric
are also very popular. These sarees are today considered very expensive
because of their exclusive, high quality brocade work.
sarees are the famous sarees of Madhya Pradesh. These sarees are known for
their their simplicity as the sarees have usually plain or stripes or checks
body with a typical zari border.
West India is
also famous for its paithani sarees of Maharashtra. The designs of these
sarees are taken from the patterns and motifs from Ajanta Caves including
lotus, peacock, and mango motifs. There are intricate designs on pallu and
border and they are usually in contrast with the saree color.
The patola sarees
are considered to be the most time consuming and elaborate saree created by
the western region of India as they are designed with intricate five color
designs, which are dyed into both warp and weft threads before weaving.
The state of
Madhya Pradesh is also famous for Tussar sarees. It is also known as "kosa"
saree. The natural shine and exclusivity of Tussar saree lie in the fibre
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