(Last Updated on : 12/09/2013)
The wedding sarees are the most gorgeous items that Indian women yearn to own. The Indian wedding sarees are made distinct by the style of designing and the excellent use of certain materials that are used to deck up the sarees. The sarees are created on vibrant coloured fabrics like silk, crepe, georgette etc.
The artisans of India showcase their proficiency in embellishing this particular type of sarees. These wedding sarees are created by employing embroideries like kundan, sequins, dabka, zari, gotta patti, zardouzi work. The artisans while creating the sarees keep in mind the culture, religion, tradition and the intensity of the occasion. The fabric and colour of the sarees vary according to the regional culture. As per the difference in culture and tradition, separate regions have their distinct style of wearing sarees like the Gujaratis' wear sarees with the "pallu" at the front while Punjabi and the women of east India mainly West Bengal, wear the sarees that allows the "pallu" to fall backwards. The wedding sarees of India are basically created on silk with zari motifs at pallus and sometimes in the entire body. Though most of the wedding sarees are traditional Indian sarees, the artisans have also amalgamated the style and modern trends into them.
Apart from the pure silk as the main fabric, the artisans of India use several other fabrics for creating wedding sarees for the masses at large. Today wedding sarees are created in fabrics like silk, georgette, crepe, satin, tissue, net, brocades, lazer etc where the glittering effect is given by different designs, styles, motifs, embroideries and cuts. Even a unique fabric is used in creating wedding sarees, which is termed as faux. This is a mixed fabric.
A major role is played by the colours of the sarees and the Indian weavers create wedding sarees that are found in a wide variety of hues like red, maroon, magenta, pink, orange, fusia, turquoise blue and other traditional colours. Though traditional designs are more coveted, keeping in mind the changing trend, the artisans portray modern designs that are combined with the contemporary motifs and patterns. Sometimes regional variations are created in the wedding sarees that ranges from mirror work to bandhej work of Rajasthan in vibrant colours. The artisans often make bandhej work on pure georgette fabric with special resham and sequins work and heavy jaal pattern on the entire body of the wedding saree. Apart from these the traditional wedding sarees of India includes Paithani silks, Kanjeeveram silks, Baluchari sarees, Banarasi sarees etc.
The wedding sarees of India have a wide variety and are created with zari work, often using Tanchoi brocade. The tradition of Gujarat allows the artisans of the region to create Panetar sarees which are especially designed in combination of white and red colour. This is one of the important religious aspects of Gujarati wedding to create these sarees in combination of red and white hues.