A quintessential saree is, undoubtedly, the most cherished piece in an Indian woman’s closet. It’s even more special if it is her wedding saree. Luckily, Indian brides are blessed with a vast variety of styles and weaves to choose from, owing to the land’s diverse range of unique crafts. If you are a bride-to-be who’s hunting for unique, yet timeless wedding sarees, your possibilities are endless!
Here’s a list of the most sought-after bridal styles. Read on to put together an exceptionally unique wedding trousseau!
1. Banarasi or Brocade Sarees
A hot favourite of Bengali brides, Banarasi or brocade sarees exude a regal grandeur that enhances a bride’s mesmerizing glow. With its roots in the holy city of Varanasi (Banaras), this rich weave (an original Banarasi saree is embellished with threads of gold and silver) has been coveted by women since time immemorial. Intricately woven by hand, this saree takes months to be crafted. The element of personal touch is what makes each piece unique!
2. Kanjeevaram or Kanchipuram Sarees
South India’s answer to the Banarasi sarees, Kanjeevaram sarees are known for their timeless appeal! Crafted with pure mulberry silk, these lustrous beauties are a perfect match to a blushing bride’s pristine glow. Traditionally created in Tamil Nadu’s Kanchipuram region, Kanjeevaram or Kanchipuram sarees are known for their rich and bold colours. Rich fabrics, fine quality, gorgeous borders and intricate designs make Kanjeevaram sarees a must in a bride’s wedding trousseau.
3. Paithani Sarees
A classic from Paithan in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, Paithani sarees are a must in Maharashtrian weddings or traditional functions. Crafted with best quality silks, Paithani sarees are known for their bright colours, striking borders and oblique square designs. True to its roots, Paithani saree borrows heavily from nature and the paintings of the Ajanta Caves. Originally woven for royalty, Paithani sarees are known for their dhoop-chaav effect that’s achieved by using different coloured threads lengthwise and breadthwise. The breathtaking zari borders and pallus are a speciality of Paithani sarees.
4. Zardosi Sarees
One of the most popular choices of Indian brides today, Zardosi is a kind of embroidery that is known for its glitter and shimmer. Zardosi work on silk and net sarees is in vogue these days. The breathtaking embroidery encrusted with studs and sparkling stones enhances the captivating charm of the pristine bride.
5. Net Sarees
Ditch the traditional look and go for a chic one with net sarees. With love from Bollywood, net sarees have caught the fancy of modern brides-to-be. Exquisitely embellished with zari, resham or zardozi, net sarees work wonders for pre or post wedding celebrations. Lighter than its more opulent cousins, these sarees look great with sequined or shiny blouses. Paired with the right accessories, net sarees surely deserve a spot in your bridal trousseau.