- Kanjeevaram from Tamil Nadu
The queen of sarees, Kanjeevaram sarees are also known as Kancheepuram silk sarees; Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu being their place of origin. The pride of Tamil Nadu, these sarees are distinctively beautiful. They come in vivid and vibrant colours, and have graciously designed contrast borders. Checks, florals and temple designs are most commonly found on the borders of Kanjeevaram sarees. However, some richly designed borders can have paintings showing scenes from great epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Whenever you are in doubt, wearing this saree will never get you wrong.
- Banarasi Silk Saree from the holy city of Varanasi
Banarasi sarees are known for their gold and silver zari designs and motifs. It was originally woven for royalty only, as each saree was made with real gold and silver threads. The detailing was so intricate that back then, they used to take more than a year to finish weaving one saree. But now, there is a variety to choose from.
- Mysore Silk Saree
What can be considered as the purest form of silk comes from Mysore. The Mysore silk sarees are very famous for their long-lasting sheen and durability. They are dyed using natural pigments and come with non-crush quality. You can find beautiful motifs of birds and fruits in these sarees. Simple yet elegant, a Mysore silk saree should definitely make an entry in your wardrobe.
- Taant from West Bengal
Tant saree is a traditional Bengali saree and usually used by Bengali women. It is traditionally made by the weavers from all over West Bengal and Bangladesh but typically few places like Murshidabad, Nadia, Hooghly of West Bengal and Dhaka, Tangail of Bangladesh are famous for tant saree weaving, it’s made of cotton and is the preferred daily wear outfit of many in Bengal. It’s light, easy to wear, and the thick border and beautiful prints make it a must buy.
- Kasavu from Kerala
Also called Settu saree, it was traditionally only a mundu (a dhoti), a blouse and a stole that went across the blouse. A lot of old ladies still keep this style alive. Kasavu is a handwoven cream colored saree with gold border, worn by Malayalee women. From the land of ‘God’s own country’, Kerala’s Kasavu emerges as one of the finest traditional saris which define the essence of the beauty of every woman in Kerala.
- Bomkai from Odisha
Also known as the Sonepuri silk, Bomkai saree is a piece of art with ikat, embroidery and intricate thread work, all woven into one beautiful nine-yard wonder. They are available in silk and cotton, and make for a good festive wear.
- Paithani from Maharashtra
Paithani is a variety of sari, named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad Maharashtra state where they are woven by hand. Made from very fine silk, it is considered as one of the richest saris in India. Paithani is characterised by borders of an oblique square design, and a pallu with a Peacock design.
- Bandhani from Gujarat
The name of the saree is derived from the word, ‘bandhan’, which means ties. This refers to the process of tie and dye which makes this saree. Both Gujarat and Rajasthan are known for the Bandhani saree. However, the weavers of the Khatri community of Gujarat are known as the pioneers. They practice this art exclusively to this day.
- Muga from Assam
The Muga silk sarees from Assam are made by a special kind of silk produced by a larvae that feeds on mainly two special leaves. The resulting silk from this larvae is known to be the best. It is glossy and very durable. As a matter of fact, you can find the golden threads of the Muga only in Assam.
- Pochampally from Telangana
From the town of Boodhan in Telegana, hails the famous Pochampally silk Sarees. They have traditional geometric patterns in Ikat style of dyeing. The intricate geometric designs find their way into sarees and dress materials.