Traditional Sarees of North East India

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Sarees of North East India comprise exclusive features that are adorable to wear. A wide range of saris can be found in North East India showing their high class and stylish look. The rich history of weaving of the North East region includes variants to get the best apparel. Wearing full length sarees is also a part of this history. The weaving has a lot of demand in the North East India. Full body saris are not in the tradition of North East. Ahom or Mekhla is a type of shawl in Assam. Garo in Meghalaya and Boro in Assam is worn in both upper and lower parts of the body.


Different kinds of communities have diverse ways of wearing attires, resembling their dressing sense and style. Sarees is commonly worn in all major areas of North East India. Moirangfee saree is very popular in this part of the country which is woven from fine cotton. This saree appears just like Bengali jamdani saree and Nepali dhaka cloth. However, wearing Moirangfee saree gives a different feel to women. The textile industry was long back established in the North East India with its rich history. White, blue and red are the main colors that can be seen in the sarees of this region. The influence of Tibetan and Chinese clothing is also visible in North East India. Motifs are woven throughout the material of the saree borders.

There are some indigenous fabrics of this region such as eri silk, cotton, tasar and muga. These are commonly included in sarees to give a unique look. Different types of fabrics are also used to design something attractive. Artisans put efforts to come up with some new designs every time they design sarees. In special occasions like wedding, parties and festivals women love to beautify themselves with special sarees.

The weaving of sarees commonly happens in some of the villages and town of Northeast India nearby Sualkuchi and Guwahati. These areas are specialized in designing silk sarees. Cotton weaving centers include Nuagong. Other smaller hubs are Uttar Gauhati, Karimganj and Silchar. The tribal communities use handmade techniques for saree production. Objects and abstract depictions of nature are designed in sarees such as animals, flowers, leaves, etc. Threading is done in a few common colors such as turquoise, red, green, black, yellow, white and purple.

The sarees of this region can be identified with their flowing curves and lines. Costly silk sarees are produced by keeping in mind the designs of Dharmavaram and Banaras brocades. Women of Assamese tribes like to wear different types of sarees in a wide range of colors. Decorative motifs are very common in Assamese sarees. Zari work in a bit expensive. But it can also be seen in sarees.

Tussar, muga and other types of silk are also very common in this part of the world. Intricate patterns and designs of North East India are very famous throughout the country. Hand woven fabrics are used to create many types of sarees. These include distinguish style to show the unique apparel in a beautiful way.

The sarees of this region are combination of fabrics and textiles originated in the areas of East India. Women of ethnic groups usually wear mill made and printed cloths. Hand woven and homespun fabrics are also used to create clothing for ethnic people. Muga silk is popular in Assam. Muga silk is used to design clothing by the tribes of Meghalaya and Assam. The styles and patterns are inspired from Tibeto-Burman tribes.