Sarees are an all-time favorite for most people. Indian festivals and ceremonies are always occasions to wear a saree and will be incomplete without one. Saree spells grace, elegance and feminity- a rare combination for any outfit. Each and every part or region of India has a saree weave which is unique to that region. Imagine, the diversity that it offers. Just as the weaves from each region differs so does the way in which the saree is draped. Kanjivarams, Benaras, Tussars, Gadwals, Jamdhanis to name a few with amazing color combinations and handwork, the variety and creativity on offer is simply astounding!
Indian art and indigenous designs and crafts is making a comeback be it Madhubhani, Kalamkari or Pattachithra etc., Indian handiwork, handloom and craftsmanship are much appreciated the world over. Now these artworks are being customized by designers and specially made on handwoven sarees making it wearable art. These designer sarees certainly make an extremely eye catching statement piece. For example, Kalamkari art designs are extremely popular and versatile and can be made both on cotton as well as on silk sarees. Kalamkari designs feature mythological figures, nature designs and motifs. The trend this season is Kalamkari sarees with story narrative on raising pallu designs where the story starts only the border and it spreads to the rest of the saree in the form of a narrative, certainly a conversation starter for any occasion.
With the upcoming spring season comes wedding bells and other auspicious events. Can weddings ever be complete without the customary Kanjivarams on display! Bright colours such as lime green, turquoise blue and pastels such as pink, lavender with elegantly woven borders are in this season. Wedding must-have colours such as reds, yellows and greens or a combination of them are always preferred.
Kanjivaram pattus or Kanchipuram silks also come with modern designs and patterns which can be worn even as a daily wear or corporate wear. Partly pallu sarees where the design is different in the pallu of the saree and half and half saree designs are much sought-after this season. Bold nature inspired motifs with animals such as horses, elephants, deers, peacocks and leaves and flowers are also trending this season.
Aari hand embroidery work on silk sarees and delicate cutwork are a delight for saree connoisseurs. The trend this season is to creatively combine two or more techniques like hand painted art and cutwork embroidery, or Aari embroidery on the whole saree with a printed blouse to give a contrast. The idea is to creatively mix and match to create a style which is nothing short of stunning!
Half and half saree are also quite the rage especially with today’s youngsters- a combination of colour or designs which comes together on each half of the saree. Apart from colours, half and half saree have rare combinations such as printed or hand painted designs on one part of the saree combined with embroidery or cutwork on the pallu. This concept is quite popular on Kanjivaram silks. The trend is to customize and bring together two unique designs techniques on one saree.