Designs Unique to India

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Saree designs greatly vary from one region of India to another. These patterns may have differences in the materials that make them up; silk, cotton and organza to name a few.  The production process may also differ in the way that they were manufactured and printed.  The most popular are block printed, tied-dyed, and ikat. Regardless of the materials that make them up or the way that they were produced, the traditional Indian outfit still hold the same worth and image that it gives to those who wear it.

One of the most popular patterns is the bandhani. What makes this design one of a kind is in the way that it is dyed. The dye-resistant spots on its cloth create an elaborate look that gives it its identity. However, the market for this design is already losing its streak as more and more low-cost saree designs with varied patterns and dyes are invading the market.

Patola just might be the most dynamic amongst all the specific designs to achieve. Before it is weaved, it will have to undergo the time-consuming process of getting it dyed in such a way that it achieves a five-color style in its warp and weft threads. Because it is one of those that are very elaborate to produce; it is also one of the most expensive. A cheaper alternative comes in the form of silk ikat sarees where only weft threads are used.

Gujarati brocade designs are quite difficult to imitate.  These styles are no longer being manufactured anymore. Two of its distinguishing features are the woven circular designs embedded in the sarees in an unorthodox manner and its silk floral designs on a golden ground fabric. Due to these being virtually extinct, these saree designs are very expensive.

Brought about by the ethnic groups in western India, this region has their own line of embroidered Tinsel designs. They are made with the use of the gold gilt thread embroidery technique that goes way back to the Moghul Empire. Due to the kind of materials that are used, these particular designs also come with a hefty price tag.

The Paithani sarees have interesting designs, these garments derived there name from the village where it was initially manufactured. It makes use of extensive labor and materials to create a single piece. Various motifs are woven into its rich cloth in a variety of vivid colors. With this kind of technique, the garment has a somewhat embossed look.

The chanderi and maheshwari designs are made with cotton and silk, making them the perfect sarees for summer and warm weathers. The chaderi feature patterns inspired by chanderi temples. Maheshwari saree designs, on the other hand, already make use of contemporary patterns. Then there are the gadwall designs. They are made of cotton and are bordered with silk. Copper and gold threading is mostly used while its colors feature earthy shades.

The distinct identity of these designs has been derived from the rich history of India. Each pattern has its own characteristics that set it apart from all the other saree designs.

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This article was published on 2012/06/03