Handwoven on pure cotton, this sari is rich with beautiful motifs all the way from Varanasi.
Handwoven on cotton, from West Bengal
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The historic handloom sarees carry within their folds the country’s unique handwoven textile culture and history. It celebrates the beauty and value of the handloom sarees that the Indian weavers have woven and crafted for five millennia or more. From a scrap of rose madder fabric twisted around the silver spindle unearthed in Mohen jo Daro to the prized cotton fabric of the Silk Route and European Courts of the 18th century to the diverse saree traditions of today, handloom is a story in the continuum as much a part of India’s past heritage as in its present and future.
The historiography, flora and fauna, myth and mythology, and eclectic influences are reflected in the different handloom sarees from varying regions. Classic and iconic Benares handlooms with amiris flower and vine compositions, Bengal jamdani roses, and lotus is woven into the saree using multiple shuttles, the fine khadi sarees of Shantipur and Ponduru in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha’s handloom sarees culture of Sambalpuri ikat with flying birds and fish, each a woven work of art. The ethereal Kota of Rajasthan with its unique khat weave and the equally delicate Chanderi , both handloom sarees fit the “vetri venti” (woven out of breeze)description of ancient Roman records. The jewel-colored Tamil Nadu kinds of cotton and silks handlooms, the poetry of Andhra’s Mangalgiri and Uppada handloom sarees, and the kasavu gold bordered sarees of Kerala, provide a serene contrast to the region’s lush beauty. The Patan patola of Gujarat is as precious as rare jewelry as the royal Paithanis of Maharashtra with cloth of gold pallaus. These and many other known and unknown saree traditions of India make up the great handloom wealth of the country and each saree is woven by hand on a simple loom made up of ropes, wooden beams, and poles located in the weaver’s home.