The saree is indispensable attire for any Indian women. Every Indian has always been miffed with the splendour and beauty that the saree extrudes. With Indians settled abroad and Bollywood going global, the sari too has earned its global presence. Foreigners are attracted to the traditional Indian attire that seems to be the epithet of exceptionality. The use of fabrics, embroidery, intricate designs, and colors seem to have found a fascination with westerners as well.
If you look at any traditional Indian sari, for e.g. the Benerasi sari, Bengal cotton sari, Kanjeevaram saris, Chanderi Sarees, Paithani sarees, Tussar sarees, Maheshwari sarees, Patola sarees etc you will notice that they followed strict patterns and base materials. These sarees were hand embroidered making every sari unique and one-of-its-kind and the artisans are known for their peculiar style. The style followed was also reminiscent of the region or state they belonged to.
With changing times, and after gaining recognition and popularity the world over, the saree too has undergone several transitions. Infact the sari today has metamorphised into a garment that is surreal, and very different from what it used to be more than a decade ago.
Designers in India have tuned on their creative eye when it comes to sarees. There is a lot of experiment with fabrics, colors and work and art approach. This has bought the Indian sari back into the screen with a huge BANG! Saris are preferred for weddings, festivals and other festive occassion. Some even wear these designer saris whenever they feel like; of course, you do not need a reason to wear them.
Designers have been mixing n matching fabrics of different kinds. For e.g. a Benerasi silk sari with gold pleated silk border, or the silk n georgette sari, georgette with zari work, cotton n silk border sari, the list is endless. Sari designers are playing around with fabrics like chiffons, crepes, georgettes, tissue, and even silk.
It is not just the mix n match of fabrics that has evoked creative minds; even traditional embroidery styles have taken an ingenious turn for good. Traditional Butti work on silk saris is now also embelissed with sequins and stones. Traditional zari work, zardosi, dubka, kantha, and kundan is used to create creative pieces of art on saris, along with the regular butties, creepers and paisleys. It may seem like a marriage of sorts with mix n match of colors, fabric, and embroidery patterns. However, the outcome is fabulous and it is not just the Indian women, but women who generally love the sari that are going all out to buy them.