Sarees of North India
North Indian regions are famous for sarees such as Tanchoi, Amru Brocades, Tissue Sarees, Shikargarh Brocades, Kinkhwab Sarees, Jamewar Sarees, Organza Saree, etc.
Saree being the most popular traditional dress of Indian women, every state of India has shown its excellence in manufacturing a certain type of saree, which is specific to that particular state. The North Indian states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh have become quite famous for their traditional sarees, not only in the domestic market but also worldwide. Each state of India has its own specialty. The North Indian Sarees are known for their bright colours, patterns, threads, fabrics and designs.
Different Types of Sarees of North India
Some of the famous sarees of North India are:
Banarasi Sarees: Varanasi, still locally known as Banaras, is the well known centre of India’s most figured-silk weaving industry: Banarasi silk. Banarasi sarees are one of the most coveted items that are a must in the treasure trove of an Indian girl. The edge of the sari border is a characteristic of Banarasi Sarees.
Banarasi Brocade: The Banarasi Brocade saree is a must for each bride. The Brocade came in existence during the Mughal era. The signature design of Banarasi Brocade is a narrow fringe like pattern, called Jhalar, found along the inner and outer border.
Bandhani Sarees: Bandhani sarees are the traditional sarees of Rajasthan and Gujarat, known for their colourful tie and dye prints or Bandhej prints.
Chikankari Sarees: The most elegant and graceful hand embroidered sari from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The famous Lukhnavi Chikankari sarees from North India has the chikan embroidery work which produces a wonderful amalgamation of style and creativity in these sarees. The design motifs in Chikankari are predominantly influenced by Mughal art.
Kota Sarees: Kota saree is basically created in Rajasthan and are also known as "Kota Doria" which is a super transparent yet stable cotton or cotton-silk weave. These sarees are manufactured in small villages in and around Kota city. These Kota Sarees very lightweight and transparent. By far these Kota sarees are the lightest cotton sarees in India.
Tanchoi Sarees: Tanchoi sarees are similar to the Banarasi silk sarees and are peculiar to the state of Gujarat. Certain parts of Rajasthan also produce Tanchoi sarees in vibrant colours.
Tissue Sarees: Tissue Sarees of North India, usually woven with the finest silk thread, are quite popular. These sarees are very comfortable to wear and are of light weight.
Other Sarees of North India
The northern region of India is also famous for producing ornate sarees such as, Amru Brocades and Shikargarh Brocades. Kinkhwab sarees are the most popular in the brocade section and are full of zari patterns that the underlying silk cloth is barely visible. Another popular type is the Jamewar Sarees that originated in Uttar Pradesh. These sarees are embroidered with zari thread. Another very popular variation that originated in Uttar Pradesh is Organza. The material is very light and transparent.