Monday, January 22, 2018

Saree it is!

We are back with another post and this one is about my fav attire in the world - Saree. Who can put the beauty of a saree in words, better than Vidya Balan:

"For me, it’s a most versatile garment…it’s extremely sensuous and at the same time it is strong, there is an elegance and at the same time, it teases your imagination…It’s very powerful" 

I love wearing sarees, especially the cotton ones. They are everything a saree should be: comfortable, classy, beautiful, lightweight, easy to handle and manage, elegant and graceful. I guess 70% of my sarees are cotton ones. And this time I picked up an authentic, pure handloom Andhra Saree. Its bottle green in color, with very light red and golden border.

Initially, I thought to pair it up with a Tee or a crop top to make it a fusion look (I love that! It's my fav style of all times) but then, ended up with it a complete traditional look this time. 

And this beautiful saree is from Unnati Silks. They have this beautiful and huge collection of Handloom Sarees, Salwar Kameez, and Kurtis, segregated so amazingly well. You will find every kind of saree there: Andhra, Banarsi, Bandhani, Bangalore silk, Chandheri, Chiffon, Kerala Cotton, Pashmina Silk and what not... You should definitely check out their collection if you are a fan of Handloom stuff, like me :)

Lets talk a bit about Handlooms:

A loom is a device by which cloth is woven. Weaving involves a process by which a pattern or lattice framework is created by warp or longitudinal threads, tightly stretched across a frame or loom, intermeshed with lateral threads or weft. Weaving on different types of handlooms or devices operated by hand making use of natural fiber yarns such as silk, cotton, jute, linen or artificial or man-made fibers such as georgette, chiffon, crepe silk results in the creation of the handloom fabric.

Salient features of handlooms:  Cotton, silk, Sico, art silk and other fabric yarns are used to weave handlooms. Handlooms are adorned by prints through the traditional block, bagru, dabu, batik and other traditional styles of printing. They have patterns or motifs done by hand through painting or embroidery or patchwork with decorative items like kundan, mirror work, beads, shells and fancy glitter work. Colours that are used could be natural or vegetable dyes or artificial man-made chemical dyes. Handloom weaving is done across the length and breadth of the country but there are locations which are still continuing with traditional methods of weaving, dyeing, adorning and printing like Pochampally, Dharmavaram, Narayanpet, Uppada, Gadwal, Chettinad, Arani, Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Dharwad, Kerala, Chanderi, Benaras, Kolkata, Sambalpur, Bomkai, Baluchari, Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya, Rajkot, Patan and some others.

Handlooms and their continued longevity: Handlooms have their undisputed niche in the world of fabrics. Special and ever sought after, handlooms are dedicated weaves akin to an act of devotion, a fine display of art and craftsmanship. Neither are sarees identical, nor patterns blindly replicated, no design cliché nor motifs repeated is the special characteristic of Indian handlooms.

From coarse and average to fine and superfine thread counts, handloom varieties are available at distinct locations in most states of the country. You could have plain to lightly adorned sarees or sarees with a lot of exquisite adornments like mirror work, kundan work, badla work, beads, sequins, etc. There could be simple single colour borders to attractive multi-colour ones, plain zari borders or heavily embroidered and adorned patch borders. Pallus or end pieces could have floral block prints, geometrical patterns, fancy abstract designs or a healthy mix of these or some other attractive feature. The use of organic dyes, a good choice of vibrant colour combinations, hand painting, tribal art, batik, warli paintings, thematic representations of folklore and the epics or other popular themes through tribal art, kalamkari and a lot more, contribute to the variety and ensure continued interest of the market in handlooms.
Handlooms have the greatest advantage of each individual fabric item getting the undivided attention of the weaver. Sitting at the loom, he translates mental images of his design through the loom or looms that he operates by hand. The handloom magic is evident from the fine count weaves, the typical enchanting designs, elaborate.

Unnati Silks is a saga of 'HANDLOOMS FOR WOMEN' that began in 1980. Three decades hence it has transformed from a single shop entity to become a family enterprise with extended arms and global operations. Customer - Centric that it is, Unnati Silks anticipates, innovates and provides with a strong belief that each and every customer is special and requires that something, which is unique, refreshing, fashionable and of quality. 

An experience of three decades plus in silk and cotton textiles Unnati has carved out a niche presence for itself in being the manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and exporter of genuine silk cotton handlooms like sarees, salwar suits, kurtas, kurtis and other Indian ethnic fabrics. This has thereby created for it, a sizable domestic market from across the country and overseas.  

Having a product range that is as varied as it is vast, handwoven and handcrafted, the devotion and dedication of talented ethnic artisans from across 21 states of India come through in the products on display. Having the Handloom Mark and Silk Mark for most of its products, Unnati's customers are assured a legitimate backing too, despite being guaranteed original handloom products from the start. 

Behind the lens:

Thanks to these two for the shoot :)

                 +Debojit Ghosh                                                Sudeep Das

And this is me, as usual feeding the drama queen that resides somewhere inside me :)


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