Patterns and Motifs in Traditional Indian Sarees

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The patterns and motifs in Indian sarees are the main elements to make it popular apparel for women. As it is known fact that most women are very choosy when it comes to their dressing, they do the entire search before considering any outfit. Beautiful motifs and patterns give distinctive touch to the traditional outfit. Traditional sarees also have the ethnic look to show the great charm. Sarees have geometric shapes in the patterns and motifs with a wide range. Artisans are well-versed in producing attractive sarees in distinctive designs, patterns and motifs.


The patterns and motifs include various designs including frills, geometric shapes, squares, stripes, checks and dashes. Weft and warp threads have been used to design these saris. The weaving contains the use of a number of sticks to design the warp threads. Moreover, net and check patterns are woven into the saree field by employing the ground weft and warp threads. These patterns are inspired by the jewellery and nature related items. Unique patterns are also included in the sarees to beautify them.

Some of the popular patterns and motifs of sarees include jhaalar or flower bud. It has an inner edge of saree end pieces and borders. These are mainly inspired from jewellery items. The main jewelry item of inspiration is ‘kangora’. It has several rows of beautiful and elongated beads. Old patterns and motifs are really inspiring with their distinctive appearances. Seed names are often printed in patterns and motifs. Supplementary weft and warp designs also have seed names.

Artisans of different regions design different types of patterns and motifs with their unique forms. Ethnic and tribal sarees include square motifs. These sarees have beautiful embellishments. The creeping vine motif is also commonly used depicting Islamic links of the Mughal Empire.