Popular Sarees from Bengal for Diwali and Durga Puja

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Durga Puja is right around the corner and this is that time of the year when all the beautiful traditional Bengali sarees will come out of the closet. Listed below are some of the most popular sarees from Bengali that are ideal festive wear for Durga Puja. Please bear in mind that you can easily source any of these traditional sarees online if the list below inspires you enough to add a few of these sarees to your closet.

The Korial

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The Korial silk saree which is also known colloquially in Bengali as the lal paar saree is an important feature of the Durga Puja festivities. This is the preffered saree by most Bengali married women who offer offerings to the goddess Durga. This saree is similar to the Garad saree in terms of color however the colors the red border on white the white saree is more prominent in this case. One can easily source this variation of the silk saree online.

Tussar Silks

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Tussar silk that is cultivated from Mulberry Silk worms in the small town of Malda in Bengal is the essence of the Tussar silk saree that is sought after for its patta and buti designs and is a choice festive wear ensemble from Bengal.

The Garad

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If you plan to buy the Garad silk saree online, it is important that you are effectively able to differentiate this saree from the similar Korial saree. The sure way to distinguish a Garad saree is the light red border with tiny floral patterns unlike the Korial which has plain vibrant red border.

Murshidabad Silk Saris

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The Murshidabad silk saree is a prominent example of exquisite silk sarees from Bengal. These beautiful silk sarees enjoy iconic status in Bengal and one doesn’t need to go very far to get their hands on them as one can buy these sought after silk sarees online.

Dhakai Jamdani

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Woven from exquisite Egyptian cotton, the Dhakai saree originates from erstwhile East Bengal which is now known as Bangladesh. While Bangladesh can claim credit for the beauty of this exquisite sarees, Bengalis swear by this cotton weave and it is not difficult to see why. Fortunately one can easily source these traditional cotton sarees online.

Baluchari

We need to go back to Murshidabad and visit the village of Baluchari near the Bhagirathi River for the beautiful Baluchari saree. This saree is defined by the beautiful Sanskrit texts and exquisite buti work on the pallu. This saree is also another staple traditional saree during the Durga Puja festivities. The Baluchari saree is an exquisite example of freely available traditional cotton sarees online.

Taant

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If you have fair knowledge of traditional sarees than chances are you have heard of the taant saree. This crisp cotton sarees is the epitome of ethnic wear for women in Bengal. The taant saree is a staple at Durga Puja as it is often resplendent in red which is the color associated with the Goddess Durga.

Traditional Wedding Sarees From All Over India

Indian weddings are steeped in culture and tradition. These traditions are on full display at weddings which are often the best venue to get a real taste of the Indian culture. Different states have different wedding customs and this often includes what the bride or the groom chooses to wear on the day of the wedding. Most brides and grooms often stridently stick to traditional ethnic garments that differ from region to region with India for Bridal wear. For example a bride from Tamil Nadu is most likely to wear the Kanjeevaram saree which a bride from Orissa will stick to the Sambhalpuri silk saree. One can easily buy these traditional wedding sarees online  which means a bride from Tamil Nadu would probably still wear the Kanjeevaram saree on her wedding day even if she is based in Los Angeles. List below are prominent example of traditional wedding sarees from all over India that can be easily sourced online.

Kanjeevaram

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mongst Tamil brides however its fame has travelled far and wide and this saree is sought after by women all over the country. Due to the increased demand, this saree is widely available one can easily buy Kanjeevaram silk sarees online.

Net Sarees

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Net Sarees are very popular in the northern region of India and is often the favoured ensemble for bridal wear along with the lehenga choli. The net saree stands out for the beautiful embellishments that are often used to accentuate the saree. One can easily buy beautiful net sarees online.

Benarasi

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According to Wikipedia… “A Banarasi saree is a saree made in Varanasi, a city which is also called Benares or Banaras. The sarees are among the finest sarees in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The sarees are made of finely woven silk and are decorated with intricate design and, because of these engravings, the sarees are relatively heavy.

Their special characteristics are Mughal inspired designs such as intricate intertwining floral and foliate motifs, kalga and bel, a string of upright leaves called jhallar at the outer, edge of border is a characteristic of these sarees. Other features are gold work, compact weaving, figures with small details, metallic visual effects, pallus, jal (a net like pattern), and mina work. The sarees are often part of an Indian bride’s trousseau.” What, Wikipedia doesn’t make clear here is how popular this saree is in the Bengal region. Having made this point it is also imperative to state that this saree is sought after all over India and fortunately one can easily source these silk sarees online.

Sambhalpuri Saree from Orissa

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While the Bomkai and Kotki sarees from Orissa are widely popular, the Sambhalpuri silk saree wins hands down when considering the popularity of this traditional weave for bridal wear. The Bomkai saree is by far the most sought after saree amongst brides in the state of Orissa and its appeal lies in exquisite work done on the anchal. From natives of Orissa getting wedded outside the state, it is a boon that one can easily source the Sambhalpuri silk saree online.

Assam Silk

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The Assam silk saree which is also known as the Muga silk saree is one of the most popular sarees amongst Assamese brides. This saree is typically the customary saree for Assamese brides and is easily distinguished by the red border on a white base.

Resham Silk

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Apart from the Kanjeevaram saree, the resham saree is also widely popular all over South India. The appeal factor of this saree is the many variations available in different designs and patterns.

Zardozi Saree

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According to Wikipedia… “Zardozi work is a type of embroidery in Iran, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey, Central Asia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Zardozi embroidery is beautiful metal embroidery, which once used to embellish the attire of the Kings and the royals in India. It was also used to adorn walls of the royal tents, scabbards, wall hangings and the paraphernalia of regal elephants and horses. Zardozi embroidery work involves making elaborate designs, using gold and silver threads. Further adding to the magnificence of the work are the studded pearls and precious stones. Initially, the embroidery was done with pure silver wires and real gold leaves. However, today, craftsmen make use of a combination of copper wire, with a golden or silver polish, and a silk thread.” This zardosi embroidery is used to accentuate a wide range of ethnic wear and amongst these ethnic garments is the Zardozi saree which is popular all over India.

Paithani Saree

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Aurangabad, Maharashtra is the point of origin of the Paithani saree which is now worn by brides all over Maharashtra. One can easily buy these beautiful gold embroidered silk sarees online.

Bandhini Saree

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The Bandhini or Bandhej saree is most popular amongst Rajasthani and Gujrati brides. These sarees that are died by a special tie and die method are known for the polka dot designs all over the saree. While this saree is a customary bridal saree in Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is widely worn all over India.

Pattu Saree

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The beautiful white and gold silk sarees known as Pattu sarees are the choice ensemble for Christian brides in Kerala. This saree is so popular that Keralite brides from outside the state often stick to the custom of wearing the Pattu saree. Fortunately one can easily source Pattu silk sarees online.

Brocade Silk

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According to Wikipedia… “Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads. The name, related to the same root as the word “broccoli”, comes from Italian broccato meaning “embossed cloth”, originally past participle of the verb broccare “to stud, set with nails”, from brocco, “small nail”, from Latin broccus, “projecting, pointed”. Brocade is typically woven on a draw loom. It is a supplementary weft technique; that is, the ornamental brocading is produced by a supplementary, non-structural, weft in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. The purpose of this is to give the appearance that the weave was actually embroidered on.”  Brocade fabrics are often used to make beautiful ethnic garments and the brocade silk saree is popular traditional wedding saree.

 

 

 

 

Best Designer Sarees for Diwali Parties

Diwali; the magnificent festival of lights will be here soon and many among us will be celebrating this festival by organizing or attending special Diwali parties. For women this is the perfect opportunity to shine in resplendent party wear designer sarees and this gives us ample reason to discuss the trendiest options available when shopping for party wear sarees online. Scroll down to admire and perhaps be inspired to purchase one of these or similar designer party wear sarees online or at a store near you.

Ombre Shade Sarees

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While shopping for party wear sarees online or at store near you for the upcoming, you may want to look out for the much in demand ombre shade sarees that are trending in a big way right now. The primary appeal of these sarees are the two or more resplendent shades on the body that merge in to each other and the exquisite embroidered border that truly accentuate the overall ensemble.

Neon Shade Sarees

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Neon shade ethnic ensembles are finding favour amongst younger buyers and party wear designer sarees in neon shades are very popular right now. These shocking neon ensembles are just right for Diwali festivities.

Sheer Gold Net Saree

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One way to attend a party in style is with a sheer net gold saree. These exquisite sarees that are genrally generously embellished with crystals and stonework make for excellent party wear that is sure to make you the belle of any ball.

Color Block Sarees

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Vibrant sarees that use color blocking to its advantage are also great party wear designer sarees for the upcoming Diwali festivities. These sarees color block vibrant shades of color that are bound to put the spotlight on you.

Chikankari Sarees

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Elegant chikankari with exquisite chikankari embroidery also make for great party wear ensembles.

 

 

 

Indian Ethnic Fashion Trends that are Popular Amongst Foreign Celebs

Western celebrities and especially the glitterati of Hollywood are well tuned in to fashion trends from around the world and elements of Indian ethnic fashion hasn’t escaped their attention which is why it is quite common to see western celebs looking fab in Indian ensembles and readily adopting Indian trends. Read further to know more about western celebs and personalities readily adopting Indian ensembles and trends and scroll down to look at some stunning pictures of western celebs flaunting desi swag.

The Bindi

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The Bindi has been readily adopted by Hollywood celebs and those from the American music industry. Selena Gomez is just one prominent example of an actor and singer who has often sported the Bindi. Other stars who are known for flaunting the Bindi are Madonna, Gwen Stephani, Nicole Scherzinger and Kendall Jenner.

The Nose Ring or Nose Pin

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Many western celebs have readily adopted the nose ring or nose pin and have made red carpet appearances wearing this Indian ethnic accessory. Amongst the celebs who have made red carpet moments wearing the nose ring or nose pin are Christina Aguilera, Rumer Willis, Ke$ha and Demi Lovato.

Kurta

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Celebrities and influential personalities have many important Indian friends and that calls for attending Indian weddings and experimenting with Indian fashion. In recent times both Ashton Kutcher and Mark Zuckerberg have been photographed wearing the kurta pyjama.

Saree

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The Saree is popular the world over and it is no surprise that many Hollywood celebs have adopted the saree and worn this beautiful ensemble on the red carpet or on ramp walks. Naomi Campbell stunned the fashion world in a black and gold saree by Sabyasachi, Lady Gaga did a fashion shoot in a Tarun Tahiliani saree and many others have worn this popular ethnic ensemble.

Festive Wear Trends and Styles for Indian Women

India celebrates numerous festivals throughout the year. This is primarily due to the fact that India is land of diverse cultures, many communities and multiple religious groups. In keeping with these multiple festivals, the demand for festive ethnic wear is always present in India and the market for festive ethnic wear is primarily dominated by women. Keeping this in mind, it only makes sense that we take a closer look in to festive ethnic wear garments and the newest trends that is dominating this market. Read further and know more the latest trends in ethnic fashion for the upcoming festive season.

Ombre Sarees

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Ombre sarees are truly happening this year. These sarees are highly favored because of their bright display of two to three vibrant colors that seamlessly merge in to each other. The ombre saree is best kept minimally embroidered and embellished in the form of ornate borders. In keeping in with the festive opulence one can accessorize the sarees with sequin embellished clutches and highly ornate blouses. The festive ombre saree is also a great option for cocktail parties and wedding receptions. In fact many brides are opting for this saree for their wedding receptions or sangeet ceremonies.

Anarkali Gowns

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At its finest fashion is an art that is forever evolving and open to different interpretations. The anarkali gown is a fine example of the modern day interpretation of the anarkali silhouette. This gown is a typical flowing gown inspired by the anarkali suit hence it is fitted at the bodice and billows outwards from the upper waste downwards. This popular gown is generally embellished and embroidered however pleats and frills are kept at a minimum unlike the anarkali suit. This gown is a trending ensemble for festive and wedding wear.

Trending Kurti Styling Tips for Festive Wear

The kurti is set to be big this upcoming festive season with many girls and younger women opting to style the kurti in new and innovative ways such as pairing this garment with palazzo trousers, lehengas and peasant skirts.

Kurti with Palazzo

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The kurti and palazzo pants combo is bound to be a sought after indo-western ensemble this upcoming festive season. To get this pairing just right, the emphasis should be on pairing a tunic and bottoms of contrasting colors. If you happen to select a vibrant kurti pair it up with elegant white lace palazzo trousers or if you prefer a pair of vibrant ethnic motif palazzo pants, pair it up with an elegant single shade minimally embroidered or printed kurti.

Kurtis with Long Skirts and Lehengas

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The kurti and peasant skirt or lehenga pairing is a trend that is here to stay and this trend will find widespread favor amongst younger women during the upcoming festive season.

Kurti Dress

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The kurti dress trend is another twenty sixteen favorite which will find favor in the upcoming festive season. This simple trend simply involves wearing a suitable kurti as a dress minus bottoms.

Top Designers for Traditional Style Sarees

Sarees are by far one of the most popular and well known Indian ethnic garments for women. Worn by women in countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the saree is recognized all over the world as an outfit preferred by Indian women. The saree comes in many forms however it is the traditional saree with traditional yarns, weaving and embroidery and ornamentation methods that are the most valued and sought out. A traditional style saree strictly refers to saree made from traditional natural fabrics or those that have hand embellished and embroidered. Let’s take a look at some of the top Indian designers for traditional sarees.

Sabyasachi Sarees

Sabyasachi Sarees

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is one of the most well known Indian designers for traditional ethnic wear. Traditional sarees by Sabyasachi are known for its exquisite embroidery and embellishments. A Sabyasachi creation is a must have in your closet for special occasions like weddings and festivals.  A Sabyasachi Mukherjee creation is often treasured for its classic qualities, each creation has a timeless vibe that makes this designer one of the most sought after in India.

Ritu Kumar Saree

Ritu Kumar Saree

Ritu Kumar sarees are known for their purely ethnic qualities like indigenous fabrics and exquisite embroidery and embellishments. In the picture above, Bollywood beauty Madhuri Dixit is wearing a traditional Benarasi saree by Ritu Kumar which is just one example of this brilliant veteran designers design sensibilities.

JJ Valaya Saree

JJ Valaya Saree

A JJ Valaya traditional style saree is a larger than life creation in more ways than one. A JJ Valaya creation is perfect for special occasions like weddings and festivals and each saree comes with a guarantee to put you in the spotlight at social gatherings.

Tarun Tahiliani Saree

Tarun Tahiliani Saree

A Tarun Tahiliani saree is the highlight of any festive occasions. Tarun Tahiliani sarees are preferred by women all over India for their ethnic and traditional designs, embellishments and embroidery.

Different Variations of Traditional Sarees

The traditional silk saree is popular all over India. While silk first came to India from China via the silk route, Indians have adopted silk in a big way and made it their own in the form of exquisite silk ethnic garments and the silk saree is a primary example of that. The silk saree in its most beautiful form is a traditional garment worn by women in many parts of the country as the favored apparel for bridal wear, festivities and celebrations and religious rituals. Bearing in mind the widespread popularity of sarees weaved from silk fabrics, it’s important to note that there are varied types of silk traditional sarees that that have their origins in different regions of the country. Read further to know more.

Kancheepuram Silk Sarees

Kancheepuram Silk Sarees

The Kancheepuram saree which is also known as the Kanjeevaram saree comes from the southern region of India or Tamil Nadu to be specific. This astounding traditional creation is characterized aesthetically appealing color contrasts and exquisite woven in designs in the form of temple borders, checks, stripes and floral motifs. All authentic Kancheepuram sarees have their border and body woven separate and then joint together. This joint is woven to last and the border and body of the saree never come apart.

Mysore Silk Sarees

Mysore Silk Sarees

Mysore is the go to destination for high quality yet competitively priced silk fabric which is why Mysore is the go to destination for beautiful silk traditional and contemporary design sarees.

Konrad Silk Sarees

Konrad Silk Sarees

Konrad silk sarees is a temple saree that is indigenous to Tamil Nadu however these sarees are so popular that they have found favor as bridal wear all over India. These sarees were originally woven with the sole purpose of clothing the deities in temples in Tamil Nadu however their beauty has insured that they are now widely accepted by both women and goddesses. The Konrad saree is often beautified with fertility motifs like the elephant and the peacock and is traditional gesture wishing the bride and fulfilling marriage.

Thanchoi Sarees

Thanchoi Sarees

The Thanchoi saree is similar to the Benarasi saree in the sense that the ensemble is woven in such a way that the fabric is raised, quite like brocade. These sarees do not have a physical border as they are seamlessly woven till the end however the pallav or border is is quite different from the body.

 

Ikkat and Patola Saree

Ikkat and Patola Saree

The Ikkat saree from Orissa employs a unique ties and dye method to accentuate and beautify silk fabric sarees. The yarn is generally dyed in tie and dye fashion before the saree is woven. This creation of this saree is a complex and highly skilled form of ethnic crafts.

Other Popular Variations

While these are the most well recognized variations of the silk fabric saree there are other popular variations such as the Bandhini saree, Benarasi saree, the Paithani saree, the tusshar silk and Chanderi and Maheshwari saree.

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