How to select Sarees by occasions

Published: 11th March 2011
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Sarees are the most traditional and formal attire of Indian women. However they are now widely worn by women abroad as well. Choosing a saree for any particular occasion can be a fastidious work. Making the right choice becomes further difficult if you are completely unaware as to what to expect from the occasion, but generally you can fairly guess as what can happen at certain occasions.

Since India has a plethora of sarees to offer, you would definitely find a saree for every occasion. Depending on the occasion, you can choose from a variety of fabrics, designs and colors This Indian apparel never goes out of fashion and is rather experimented time and again so read on to find out which is the most suitable saree for which occasion.

Bridal Sarees

India being a multi-cultural country, every state has a different way of getting married and similarly different requirements for the bride. The bridal sarees are usually made of silk fabric and embellished with intricate patterns of zari, gold and silver. Ideally the most preferred saree for Indian bride is the red Banarasi saree, which is hugely favored for the fabric and the complex motifs. The color of the Benarasi saree can vary depending upon the choice of the bride. Even designer sarees are nowadays preferred by the brides, which ensures exclusivity, as this is the day they want to look most special.

Wedding Sarees

Wedding is a joyful ceremony where both the families of bride and groom and their relatives deck themselves up in heavily designed sarees. There are certain colors that are avoided in weddings like black or white, while the colors that are considered auspicious in marriage are yellow, maroon, green, and red. Traditional silk sarees of these colours are preferred. Sarees like Kanjeevaram, Chettinad, Gadwal, Mysore silk, Konrad, Chanderi, Pochampally, Patola, and Paithani are the ones that are always in demand for marriage occasions.

Office / Formal wears

The office is a place for formal attire, so you should select a saree that is simple yet confident looking. Like simple cottons, floral printed cottons or paisley printed cottons, without any heavy work on it. This gives a delicate and sophisticated look to the wearer.

Party Sarees

This being a semi-formal or a complete casual evening party is the place to display your best sarees. But this doesn’t mean you have to wear a gaudy saree, unlike weddings here you are supposed to reflect a casual and comfortable look. In such occasions it is better to choose some light fabric, so that you are comfortable and not conscious about what you are wearing. It is in this category you can wear much variety of sarees showing your taste. Chiffons, Bandhej, Baluchari, Muga silk are some popular varieties, which you can wear in parties.

Which color to prefer?

Colors play a vital role in selecting sarees, like in a "shradh" or funeral ceremony, women wears light hued sarees with easy designs on them, whereas in cheerful occasions like "annaprashan," "birthdays," "grihapravesh," women deck themselves in brilliant and vivid colors.

India has several sarees, which are specialties of each region. Like the eastern India is famous for ‘tant’, ‘Jamdhani’, ‘Khadi’, ‘Gorad’, ‘Tangail’ with artistically designed chiffon or georgette sarees are quite admired. South India is famous for Chettinad, Mysore silk, Kanjeevaram, Konrad, Gadwal, Pochampally sarees. Western India is famous for Chanderi famous for its gold thread usage, the lustrous Kosa, the Paithani sarees with designs elaborating on the carvings of the Ajanta caves. Another popular type is the Bandhej sarees of Rajasthan and western India, which are hand-woven sarees in beautiful vibrant colors.

So now you know the types of Indian sarees available in India and what to wear on a particular occasion, which will help you to pick the right saree for the right occasion.

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