Know Your Saree
Design is a journey of discovery. It is not just what it looks like or feels like, but depends upon how it works. An artist or weaver discovers his passion and designs his dreams by designing the drapes for women of all generations & occasions.
The cotton and silk Saris in particular come in various pastel shades with beautiful borders. Floral and Paisley motifs are often used on these saris. Hand-painted and embroidered motifs are also created to enhance the look of these saris. However, with the artistic instincts, the contemporary weavers have refashioned designs of cotton and silk saris of India, keeping the elegance of these saris intact.
This is perhaps the oldest and the only surviving Indian garment. It is a 'canvas' for weavers and printers to explore and experiment with various artistic weaves and prints. The cotton saris for instance are of exquisite designs, construction and unparalleled craftsmanship. They come in intricate textures, translucent material and distinctive style of ornamentation. While the silk saris are mostly popular for its decorative fabric with additional weft on its "pallu", border and body.
In Sanskrit, the word "sari" means "strip of cloth". Sari is also known as "sadi" in Pali, which flourished centuries back in the Indus Valley Civilization. Indian sari is a garment that has travelled through the passage of time. It has been much explored and experimented with, to transform from a traditional attire of need to a fashion fabric of appeal. Worn by epic celebrities like Draupadi, Sita to Umrao to the typical Goanese fisherwomen or the woman from all walks of life in South Asia, sari is that drape which is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff. However, long ago cotton and silk was cultivated and woven in the Indian subcontinent and indigo, lac, red, turmeric and other vegetable colours were used to dye them.
Thread Count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch of fabric. So if a fabric is 200tc or 200 thread count that means there were 200 threads per one square inch of fabric.
Some saris are depended entirely on weaving. But, in others, dyeing plays a major role. However, warp and weft come together to form a fabric. It moves back and forth to click out the passage of time.
The art of weaving these saris derives its inspiration from the socio cultural fabric of the region. In weaving cotton saris bundles of cotton threads coming from the mills are first washed to remove chemicals then sun-dried, bleached and dipped in boiling colored water to dye them. Also starched and processed for making them finer and stronger. The threads are wound on bamboo drums to feed them into the loom for weaving.
However the making silk saris involve a long and tedious process. It is cultivated from cocoons. The yarns are processed and motifs are made using the jacquard weaving technique. The silk is polished after weaving, to get the shine out of it.
Life is a celebration of passionate colors. Some days are red and some are yellow, while the others are blue. But the best color is the one that looks good on you and the fabrics that you wear.
The cotton and silk fabrics since time immemorial have been dyed in several ways. These traditional dyes were primarily made from turmeric, the indigo plant, barks of several trees, fruits, berries, etc. But, with the introduction of synthetic & chemical dyes from various countries have given Indian women cotton and silk fabrics in an unimaginable spectrum of colors & designs.