Sarees are the evergreen Indian attire that is apt for all occasions. From formal events to casual daily wear, this iconic garment’s versatility remains unmatched. Besides being versatile, sarees also carry effortless grace and glamour, making them stand out amongst other ethnic clothing. Fortunately, India is a land of cultural diversity, and the distinct saree styles of different states are each as beautiful as the other. This also translates into a large variety of saree fabrics, prints and embroidery that you can experiment with every now and then.
We have compiled a list of five designer sarees that are timeless, functional and perfect for any formal or casual occasions you decide to attend.
The Classic Benarasi
An ancient art brought into existence by masterful craftsmen of Varanasi, the classic Benarasi Saree should be a staple in every women’s wardrobe. Crafted on fine silk, these sarees are known for their opulence, elegance, and timeless beauty, which makes them an ideal pick for wedding celebrations besides the usual designer lehenga. Benarasi sarees feature intricate zari work, a form of metallic thread embroidery that creates elaborate designs inspired by Mughal art and motifs. The Haragun Benarasi Saree from ace designer Anita Dongre’s collection is a fine example of this artful garment. The bright red of the silk fabric is offset by intricate zari, sequins, french knots and gota patti.
Ajrakh is a meticulous art that emerged in the stage of Gujarat. This sixteen-step process involves dyeing, hand-block printing and drying using natural dyes made of vegetable colours. The motifs on Ajrakh Sarees often depict elements from nature, such as flowers, birds, and stars, along with traditional geometric patterns. This Nila Saree is one of the finest specimens of Ajrakh Sarees, featuring eclectic prints. The saree can be worn on numerous occasions, from parties to weddings and beyond.
Originating from the vibrant state of Rajasthan, these sarees are characterised by the intricate patterns created through the art of bandhani, also known as Bandhej. Bandhani involves tying small fabric sections with threads before dyeing, resulting in distinctive and eye-catching designs. The process requires meticulous skill and precision, as the threads are tied in various shapes and sizes to form the desired pattern. As a leading Indian designer, Anita Dongre has consistently promoted the vibrant craftsmanship of our country, and this Deetya Bandhani Saree is a testament to this. The black saree is offset by ornate bandhani patterns making it perfect to be worn at various events, including cocktail parties, official events and even wedding festivities.
Floral sarees are an enchanting choice for those who appreciate the beauty of nature. These sarees feature intricate floral motifs and patterns inspired by the diverse flora found in different regions. Floral sarees aptly capture the essence of nature’s splendour and are usually created in lightweight fabrics such as georgette, organza and cotton. If you are looking for a floral saree for your daytime soirees, this off-white saree featuring colourful floral prints and minimal embroidery is ideal. The stunning saree is stylish and is made out of Bemberg, a sustainable and lightweight fabric to make your summertime outings breezy and fun.
A pre-draped saree is a contemporary take on the authentic style. However, if worn rightly, these sarees do not look any different from the ones you might drape. A ready-to-wear saree is functional besides being extremely in-vogue. Ready-to-wear sarees are available in various fabrics, embroidery and prints and can be fashioned for various events, including festival celebrations and casual parties. This blush pink ready-to-wear saree with a ruffled silhouette and a floral embroidered blouse is an excellent pick.
Add these stunning picks to your wardrobe, and prepare to make a statement at every occasion you decide to head to.