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The love story of a woman with her saris is phenomenal. The six-yard unstitched garment can completely metamorphose the look of a woman and give her a distinct identity. Of saris, handloom saris are notch apart. Ever since Aug. 7th’2015, has been celebrated as National Handloom Day in India. In the forthcoming occasion of this day, we pay tribute to the elegant saris. We at zameeni, try to bring our best list of 5 different types of handloom saris that will inspire you to drape one and perhaps better, even buy a couple.


Apart from the banks of holy Ganges and the immense religiosity of the place, Benares is famed for its saris too. These elaborate orientation of heavy brocade work with intricate zari on silk fabric, gives this sari an outstanding appeal nationally and internationally both. This was introduced in India by the Mughals, and hence, the motifs are inspired by the Mughals’ style, like floral. These silk saris require maximum six months to weave, and today, more than a million of workers are employed in its business. The Benarasi sari is a popular choice for the bridal trousseaus.

2.Kanjeevaram / Kancheepuram Silk Saris:

Made in the Kanchipuram region of Tamil Nadu, Kancheepuram silk. Since 2005, Kanjeevaram saris are protected by Geographical Indication label, protecting their origin. Kancheepuram silk is popular known as, southern version of Benarasi saris, and so it has an important part for any south indian bridal trousseaus. Traditionally woven by the weavers in Kanchipuram, distinguished by their wide contrast borders. Temple borders, checks, stripes and floral buttas are traditional designs found on Kanchipuram saris. The silk saris of Kanchipuram are sold across the world and their hue never dulls down.


This traditional sari made in Madhya Pradesh is light, comfortable and gorgeous. Chanderi saris could very well call itself the princess of handloom weaves due to its tranquility and lightweight. Chanderi is a small town situated in Ashoknagar district of Madhya Pradesh.. These saris are made from two kinds of yarn – silk and cotton. The designs of Chanderi saris are classy and aristocrat. Traditional form of small to medium to trendy bootis, are common elements of design, sometime designs are offbeat also, which makes this weave the most popular and fashionable attire for summer season.


The Baluchari originated in a small village called Baluchar in Murshidabad, West Bengal. The silk used for this saris are of the finest quality, extracted out of mulberry silkworms. Kantha work, which is the handwork of thread, originated from west Bengal again, is the intricately designed saris and are heavily embroidered with stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Steeped with tradition, it is the perfect festive wear.

5.Madhubani Saris

Madhubani is a folk art form that has been thriving in the villages of Bihar since years now. Popularly know for it’s drawing on paper or on leaves, has shifted now from just being a drawing on paper to intricate art on finely woven silk has made it is extremely popular. Traditionally, designs carry motifs like sun, moon, parrot, peacock, trees, etc. as they are considered to be symbols of fertility and prosperity. Where we know, how prosperous was this state, once upon a time, when we flip the pages of its history. So let’s cherish this rich heritage of handlooms in our life, not just in our wardrobe.