Traditional Sarees of West India

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Each part of India has its singular features for outfits. This goes same for the clothing of the western India as well. Saree is a unique type of clothing for women in Western India. Distinct features of traditional sarees look beautiful in West India that reflects from their designs, patterns and appearance. Sarees of this region of India have stunning characteristics that appear modern without leaving the traditional touch.


West India is the home to a big population with different cultures, beliefs and religions. Inhabitants of this area also have diverse traditional textiles. They love to wear traditional outfits and flaunt their culture to the world. Instead of weaving techniques most of the weavers of western India prefer dyeing technique to design beautiful saris. The origin of India resist dyeing was happened in West India. Other methods of designing of this region include ikat, tie-dye and block printing. They are done with utmost care to produce the exclusive outfits. The broad embroidery of western India highlights bright colours and hues with metallic threads like zari and attractive embroidery. Artisans add shiny embellishments like mirrors, sequins and tinsel in sarees to shine them. Exclusive color combination is another characteristic of this region.

Sarees of this region have wide variety in terms of fashion and designs. One of the most popular sarees of this part of the world is Chanderi saree which can be made of fine cotton or silk. Such fabrics make it an excellent outfit to wear comfortably. Designs and patterns of these saris are derived from Chanderi temples. The Chanderi sari is also known for the embellishment of gold checks with beautiful lotus designs. Another famous saree of West India is Tussar silk saree. It is also called as ‘kosa sari’. This saree is known for its finest texture and shine. Paithani saree is known for its motifs and patterns. Their motifs are derived from Ajanta Caves that include mango, lotus and peacock motifs. Stunning designs on borders and pallu are also the main feature of this costume.

Apart from these block printed saris of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, there are many other types of traditional wears that are worn by women. Ethnic groups come up with hand-woven clothing that consist everything to beautify a woman’s personality. Such apparels are adorned in vibrant colors and designs. Hubs for these sarees are in Allahabad, Sanganer, Farukabad, Bagru, Fatehpur, Jaipur and many parts of Gujarat. Women of tribal and rural communities like Bhilalas, Bhamiyo and Bhils wear dark black or blue coloured sarees. Dying technique is used to create these sarees.

West India is known for its rich tradition in embroidery, which is commonly produced by the ethnic groups such as Sodha and Rabari Rajputs. The region has many places where embroidery is created with a lot of care to distinguish the decorative way from other parts of the world. Weavers put in all efforts to design unique embroideries.

Types of Metallic Thread Embroideries Found In West India:

There are three types of metallic thread embroideries found in west India. Out of them two include gold wrapped threads which are known are zari or kalabattun. One of them needs coiled heavy zari on the surface. It should also be properly framed with silk. Such intricate designs are used on heavy stains and silks. The third metallic thread embroidery is kalabattun or kamdani in which metallic threads embroidery is used into the material with zari. This can be done on georgette and chiffon fabrics. Both of these embroideries are known as zardoshi or zardozi.

West India also produces the well-known tinsel sarees having beautiful embroidery. Transparent glue is added into the fabric of these sarees. Weavers use traditional weaving technique to design these fabulous sarees. Using flakes of gold or mica dust is also very common to shine tinsel sarees. These days, synthetic gold painted and various kinds of particles are used to produce tinsel saris. Khari work is done in block printing in mills. In old times only rich women used to wear khari sarees. However, nowadays less priced khari sarees are also available in the market so anyone can easily afford this saree.

Gujarati brocade sarees are also very in West India. These sarees have distinguished feature for the buti that are woven sensibly. Designs of flowers, leaves and steams can be seen in these sarees. Locals love to wear heavy designed sarees in special occasions like wedding, festivals and parties. Women like to flaunt beautiful collection of sarees with their distinct features.