Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wear a Traditional Indian Weave for your Wedding

Exploring the Indian handloom industry from a wedding point of view is a very interesting and extensive task. Traditionally, Indian brides wore some of the most expensive and intricately woven handloom saris on their wedding day.  Although today, some brides prefer to opt for a more modern look, there are some who prefer the idea of simple bridal attire with a rich Banarasi silk, Patola or a Kanjeevaram sari. Just this week, we spent some time checking out the beautiful weaves available. Here are some Indian handloom products that can easily find a place in your bridal trousseau.

Saris and lehengas – Handloom saris are available in cotton, silk, crepe, chiffon or satin fabrics and are sold in different price rangesdepending on the amount of work involved. These saris or lehengas are further enhanced with beautiful block prints, motifs, tie and dye prints, intricate embroidery, brocade and zari work.

Some varieties like the kanjeevaram saris have gold threads woven intricately in the fabric border or the sari pallu. Kanjeevaram, Banarasi, Chanderi and Baluchari are some of the popular handloom sarisin India.

Salwar – After the sari, the salwar suit is the second common attire worn by Indian women. There are different styles and patterns of the suit depending on the region. The cotton suits are very common and conducive to Indian weather. The Punjabi style is colorful with heavy work in phulkari, chikan, zardosi while the Anarkali suits are reminiscent of the Mughal era and display stunning patch work, embroidery, prints and may be studded with jewels and stones.

Kurtas – The Indian Kurta is very popular and can be traced back to the 60’s and 70’s era in India. With many variations, the kurta can be worn by men and women of different age groups and can be paired with pajamas, salwars, dhotis and even jeans. Kurta pyjamas embellished with chikan work, zari or intricate embroidery is also worn in weddings. Cotton and Khadi kurtas are ideal for casual summer wear and can be seen in floral and block prints. Silk kurtas adorned with embroidery, tassels, motifs, zari work and other embellishments are perfect to be worn for special occasions and is a must have in any wedding trousseau.

Footwear – Mojris or jutis have been a part of india culture since ancient times. Indian cobblers are capable of producing strong and durable handmade leather footwear along with beautiful embroidered, beaded or plain mojris. 

Slippers made of cane, jute and carved from wood are some Indian footwear options.

Scarves and shawls – The kashmiri Pashmina shawls are finest of woolen shawls and are obtained from the Himalayan mountain goat. These shawls are woven on handlooms and embroidered by hand. 

The colorful threads areinterwoven to form beautiful designs. Silk and jamwar shawls in beautiful floral and paisley prints are also very famous.

Bags and purses – The colorful jaipuri jhola bag is a very common accessory seen on men and women of all ages. Some of the khadi and jute bags also have intricate embroidery or zari work on them. 

Exquisite silk handloom bags studded with stones, gems, brocades and other adornments are perfect for Indian weddings.

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