Most of the handwoven sarees dates back to different civilizations like the Rajput dynasty, Mughal dynasty, the Dravidian period and Harappan civilization that carry heavy historical notes about each. The characteristics and features of all these handwoven sarees are worth mentioning and are sure to leave the saree connoisseurs awestruck. Some of the famous and popular handwoven sarees that have become a must have for every saree fashionista includes:
Jamdani Saree - Jamdani sarees are handwoven cotton sarees that have been declared by the UNESCO as the "Intangible cultural heritage of humanity". The fabric of the saree is known as muslin cloth and this saree is quite popular handwoven saree of West Bengal, which is famous in some other states too. Though, the patronized weaving of Jamdani sarees goes to Mughal period, there was a rapid decline of Jamdani handloom in the British period because of the excessive imports of the machine manufactured products. However, post the British period and until today, Jamdani are considered as the most beautiful handwoven sarees.
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Kanjeevaram - Touted as the oldest handwoven saree of India, the Kanjeevaram saree is named after its originating place, the Kanchipuram village of Tamil Nadu. According to the Hindu mythology, weavers of this saree are believed to be the successors of Saga Markanda, who was the master weavers of Gods. The 'zari' used in the the Kanjeevaram sarees are sourced from Gujarat.
Banarasi - Banarasi saree designed manually is North India's textile pride, which is the ultimate wedding fabric. The colourful saree fabric with the Mughal 'zari' work are crafted using Banarasi handloom found in Varanasi. Based on the design, artwork and zari work, each Banarasi saree take 15 days to six months to complete. The four major varieties of Banarasi saree includes pure silk, organza, georgette and shatter. Banarasi sarees are integral part of every woman's wardrobe considering its popularity and hard work attached.