7 traditional Indian sarees every woman must have in her wardrobe

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Be it the light, flowy chiffon sarees that you can wear everyday to traditional silk sarees that steal the show at every wedding function—a saree can make a huge impression for one and all

India is known over-the-world for its beautifully designed sarees. In fact, a saree is one Indian costume that never goes out of fashion.

Be it the light, flowy chiffon sarees that you can wear everyday to traditional silk sarees that steal the show at every wedding function or the hand-woven cotton beauties that are perfect to wear at work—a saree can make a huge impression for one and all.

Here are 7 traditional Indian sarees that every woman must have in her wardrobe:

#1 Banarasi saree

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Banarasi sarees were a craze in the 70s and 80s when almost all actresses wore them for them on and off the screen. Historically known for their intricate embroidery and zari work, Banarasi sarees are made of fine woven silk and are quite heavy due to the delicate brocade work that they sport.

Recently, actress Aishwarya Rai sported a custom-made Banarasi saree when she went to greet the French president on his recent visit to India.

#2 Bandhani saree


Known for their intricate bandhej work, Bandhani sarees come from the state of Rajasthan and Katch. They are more sought after for their colours and interesting designs.

The beautiful sarees, which are made by the tie and dye technique, derive their name from the word bandhani, which means to tie.

#3 Paithani saree

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Hailing from Maharashtra, Paithani sarees are known for their intricate pallus and embellished designs. The sarees also flaunt picturesque scenes from Maharashtra such as scenes from Ajanta and Ellora or any other traditional scenes that are hand woven in resplendent colours.

Read more about the other must-have traditional sarees on the next page!

#4 Kanjeevaram saree

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The gorgeous actress Rekha has made sure that every one of us knows what a kanjeevaram saree looks like. However, you’d be surprised to know that they are made from pure mulberry silk thread.

They are exclusively made in the village Kancheepuram in Chennai, though the zari that is used to make it comes from Gujarat. It’s also interesting to know that the border, colour and design are quite different from the body as in a genuine Kanchipuram Silk Sari, body and border are woven separately and then interlocked together.

#5 Patola saree

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Patola sarees are known for their cost as well as for their beautiful thread work. The saris are exclusively made by a few limited families in Patan, Gujarat, which is why they are also very expensive.

Their geometric designs and rich, traditional colours are quite popular and sure to make you the center of attraction at any party of gathering.

#6 Kantha saree

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A popular style of embroidery that comes from West Bengal, kantha sarees are known for their easy-to-wear fabric and rich thread work. Did you know that the kantha is perhaps India’s oldest known embroidery and its history dates back to the first and the second AD?

#7 Chanderi Saree


Weaved at a village called Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh, Chanderi sarees are known for their hand woven fabric which is beautifully mixed with zari work. They are available in both pure silk and pure cotton and can be worn for any kind of occasion. You'll make heads turn, for sure!

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