Sari Lovers, These 10 Brands Will Make You Fall In Love With Handlooms All Over Again

Rene posted on 26 March

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.

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.

Baragaon Weaves

Having tied up to preserve the weaving traditions in Baragaon village in UP, this venture is all about keeping old crafts techniques alive. Most of their soft cottons are perfect for summer, too {see a few of them here}. They’ve got their store in Green Park, and are also pretty regular at Dastkar.

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T-29, Ground Floor, Green Park, New Delhi

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Vana Sarees

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 Vana for their grown-up take on the nine yards, with beautiful ikats, jamdanis or their sometimes-bright cottons.

Check them out here.

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    Parisera

    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, Parisera’s handwoven silks and cottons are exactly what you need.

    Buy them here.

    Chidiyaa

    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. Their 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.

    P.S. Their mul saris are affordable and feel pillow-y soft on the skin {summer brunches, here we come!}. The only bummer can be the longish delivery time.

    Buy them here.

    Indian Kala

    The website is wholeheartedly dedicated to the cause of artisans and craftsmen and their range of saris 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 and non-blingy are your jam.

    Buy them here.

    Tatsat

    Away from the chaos of the city’s popular markets, Tatsat stands pretty self-assured in the calm of Hauz Khas. This conscious store sources everything from artisans across the country, and their sari collection is a stunning range of weaved beauties.

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    E-50/3, Near Federal Bank, Main Market, Hauz Khas, New Delhi

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    Suta

    Another brand we’ve personally worn, Suta is great if you like mismatched, funky blouses with classic drapes. We’re buying this olive green number on sheer impulse, because it’s just INR 1,523.

    Rust Orange

    Frills, tassels, dhoti pants that double up as saris… This brand is great if you like handlooms with a bit of quirk. A friend got herself a deep-blue, patchwork sari and was pretty pleased with the product. Since we’re kind of old school that way, we prefer this over their other experimental stuff.

    Buy them here.

    Fashion Market

    We’ve been eyeing the overwhelming variety of batiks at this Sri Lanka-based website for as long as we can remember. From traditional checks to cute, floral crop blouses, they’ve really come a long way in terms of designs. The best part: You’ll find every possible colour from the brightest to the softest hue at pretty affordable rates.

    Buy them here.

    Gaatha

    From earthy bandhani-ajrakhs to peppy kanchipurams in neon green and yellow, Gaatha has a wide variety as well. We’ve bought tussar silks for mum and cool tie-and-dye saris for our friend’s pre-wedding festivities, and not been disappointed. We’re now after their applique saris.

    Buy them here.