These Brands Will Make You Fall In Love With Handlooms All Over Again

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    In a world that’s obsessed with fads, we’re grateful for some constants. One of those evergreen things for us, is a collection of handloom saris. Almost as comforting as a cup of mom-made garam chai, these loving warps and wefts have that endearing quality that no new age-y dhoti drape can rival. So, whether you’re someone who swears by the good ol’ Nalli, or someone who likes switching things up with cool, linen saris, this list will have you covered for the whole nine yards and then some.

    Our last convincing argument to help you convert will be to tell you that a lot of designers and brands are now determined to bring back all these rich, weaving traditions that got lost in time. So, we’re no longer complying with this khadi/Banarasi-is-uncool trend. Nope, sir.

    Some Hands With Hearts

    Their handlooms proudly wear that rustic quality we miss so much these days. We’re also sometimes a 52-year-old trapped in a 30 somethings’ body. On those days, we pick SHWH for their grown-up take on the shawls, sarees and dupattas, with beautiful bandhni, ajrakh, jamdanis or their sometimes-bright cottons.

    Earthwhile

    Earthwhile

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    We’ve seen this brand evolve from the most basic-looking website to a marketplace that’s all about handcrafted weaves that are all designed with meticulous care. So, if you’re looking for something that’ll make you stand out, and aren’t too stingy with the budget, Earthwhile’s handwoven garments in organic cotton blended with linen and khadi, are exactly what you need.

    Chidiyaa

    Chidiyaa

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    A tried-and-tested brand, we love that they try nothing over-the-top. They pick indigos, whites and earthy reds, and render them on beautiful, block-printed saris. The often contrasting crop top blouses are so versatile that we’ve worn them with pants, under spaghetti dresses and with a bunch of long skirts.

    Athas

    Athas

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    Athas is wholeheartedly dedicated to the cause of artisans and craftsmen and their range of clothes is no different. Like soft pastels and muted designs? This brand’s leheriya, block prints, neutral chanderis, cotton silks to organic cottons leave little to be desired if affordable, festive fusion, and non-blingy are your jam.

    Suta

    Suta

    Available on LBB

    Another brand we’ve personally worn, Suta is great if you like mismatched, funky blouses with classic drapes. Suta's sarees are contemporary cool and made for the millennial woman. Here you will find some really classy designs that won't burn a hole in your pocket. Perfect for festivities at home.

    Indic Palate Co

    Indic Palate Co.

    Available on LBB

    Tunics, dhoti pants, reversible jackets - Indic Palate Co is great if you like handlooms with a bit of quirk. A friend got herself a linen tortoise print sleeveless tunic and was pretty pleased with the product. I quite love the ajrakh side-slit brown kurta they have on LBB Shop.

    Loop Hoop

    LoopHoop

    Available on LBB

    We’ve been eyeing the overwhelming variety of hand-block printed sarees of Loop Hoop for as long as we can remember. Linen sarees in pastel shades, madhubani sarees, kalamkari sarees, ikat sarees, and even chanderi sarees. The best part: You’ll find every possible colour from the brightest to the softest hue at pretty affordable rates.

    Yarn India

    Yarn India

    Available on LBB

    From earthy handwoven linen to peppy zari sarees in bright hues, Yarn India has a wide variety as well. I bought a striped muslin saree for mum and cool camel print white & blue sari for a friend’s pre-wedding festivities, and not been disappointed. Now I am trying very hard to resist their two-toned gamcha saree.

    Pro Tip

    Want to recreate the handloom saree looks of some of our favourite Bollywood actors? We did that for you already!

    Also, while on the subject of handloom, don't miss checking out these brands that are making khadi cool again.