The Saree — What Makes it So Special?

India is indeed the world’s repository of art and culture, so there is no dearth of exquisite sarees that any collector would love to own.
A saree is not just a piece of garment; it is a work of art. It is a little piece of that timeless culture, and the traditional artistry that gave us the Taj Mahal. I know fashion enthusiasts as well as art connoisseurs that takes pride in collecting these exquisite pieces of art from Stylemart.

Claire in a Saree

My favourite saree till date is still the Keralite Kasevu and I made all my friends wear it to the temple in Bali on my birthday. The authentic versions of this saree is 100% pure cotton, and has has pure silver dipped in gold (real gold) on the borders. Its the simplest saree on earth, and to me the most beautiful.

One of my favourites weaves is the silk jamdani. This handloom has a blend of both cotton and silk along with jute and zari – this blend is quite unusual and has been one of my favourites for many years and I have many different versions. And there are only a few handloom houses that still practise this blend of silk and cotton Jamdanis.

A Banarasi and a Kancheepurams are the other two sarees that I would consider a must-have to complete any saree collectors’ wardrobe. They are considered the Mother of All sarees.

Of course there are many versions of the saree, the bollywood versions such as nets, crepes and chiffons are favourites to many as well. They are trend-related, so it is a matter of choice.

But it doesn’t end there. The beauty of a sarees is that each state and region , across the length and breath of India, has a distinctive weave or embroidery. And these handlooms and embroideries are a tradition passed down from one generation to the next over many centuries. And some of these exclusive sarees take months of hard work to make just one piece.

So you can only imagine, the variety in sarees is limitless and you are spoilt for choice. I am so fortunate that I am born to do what I do. Travelling across India and being introduced to this world of textile from the age of seven, I was intrigued by the intricate looms, colours and master pieces of art. Almost every time they would open a saree, my heart would skip beat.

I know of a few European fashion houses that have tried to launch their brand on sarees. However , the status symbol or the brand is not enough to make a saree special. It is the artistic skill craftsmanship and quality that puts a price tag on a saree and that makes one saree distinctive from another.