10 Homegrown Labels Acing The Hand Painted Saree Trend

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    Sarees are timeless, (in any) period. And we're so glad to be alive at a time when hand painted sarees exist! They look regal, feel regal and most importantly, stay regal. Don't just take our word for it, check out this list of online Indie brands that are creating 9 yards of sheer magic with paint and skilled artistry. 

    Why are we recommending this? Because hand painted sarees are simply gorgeous and they are a raging trend right now (actually all things hand painted are - check out this list) but also, they help you support local artisans adept in this craft. And, you get to wear art that's lightweight and easy to carry off all day and night! We see no downside, really. 

    Before you dive into reading, bookmarking and shopping from these brands, here are some tips on how to care for a hand painted saree (they are far more delicate than your regular ol' saree, so extra TLC). Firstly, you don't need to wash a hand painted saree regularly. When you do wash it, use cold water to help preserve the colours. Store it in a dry and cold place, wrapped in paper and when and if you do have to iron it, do not iron directly on the painted area. In fact, dry cleaning is preferred after a few wears than washing at home. This said, do extra research of your own.

    Muksweta

    Muksweta

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    This Jaipur-based brand is all heart and hand! Their handmade/hand-painted couture (they do it all sarees, jackets for men, lehengas, even accessories like scarves) is delicate at first glance but spend an hour or two on their Instagram and the detailing will blow you away. The sarees come in silk, organza, or organza silk and boast hand-painted floral patterns of all kinds. We love the colour scheme and the flow/feel of the garment too. Drape one on and you're sure to feel like a princess.

    Fabrics: organza silks, silk satin, silk

    Price: INR 9,500 upwards.

    Shades By Vidhi

    Bold & beautiful comes to mind when you browse through the hand-painted masterpieces at Shades By Vidhi. The hand-painted patterns don't shy away from making a statement, they're in-your-face yet pleasant. We're in love with the Modern Classic Silk Saree in black. The cluster of flowers in burnt orange turns around an otherwise ordinary saree. This is an online brand from Chandigarh that accepts orders on Instagram and Facebook. You will also find hand-painted dupattas, lehengas and suit sets here. They also accept custom orders.

    Fabrics: silk organza, silk, georgette

    Price: DM for enquiries.

    The Loom

    The Loom

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    Love this Indie brand that highlights handloom through its apparel, be it in dresses, kurtas, or trousers. Their sarees are equally gorgeous but it's something about the hand painted range that has us hooked. For days when you want to channel the ethnic goddess within you, shop for one of the Hand Painted Kalamkari Chanderi or Tussar sarees. The Madhubani pieces are stellar too. We're sure you will appreciate the intricacies in the design of these traditional artforms every time you don these sarees. 

    Fabrics: tussar silk, kalamkari silk, organza silk, cotton silk, chanderi

    Price: INR 7,350 upwards.

    Picchika

    Picchika

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    Picchika needs no introduction. You've probably spotted many actresses flaunt their hand painted sarees and read about them on LBB here. Their organza silk sarees adorned with painted flowers and hand done gota embroidery, give off a very contemporary vibe. We're thinking Victorian style meets Queen of Jaipur, if you know what we mean. Picchika is an online brand from Jaipur coincidentally. The colours (peach, pista, rose) are stunning too. You can shop from their celebrity closet and Instagram looks too, check out their website for more deets.

    Fabrics: silk organza, soft organza, organza, silk

    Price: INR 16,000 upwards.

    iTokri

    Itokri

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    Traditional is the theme of iTokri's hand-painted saree collection and we're living for it! These are silk and cotton sarees that have intricate Kerala Mural Art Work, Madhubani, and Kalamkari designs. Every piece as captivating as the other, be sure to be transported back in time as you browse through them. Check out the Madhubani Hand Painted Pure Tussar Silk Beige Saree. It is an original painting done by a master artisan of Bihar using fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks. You have to see to believe!

    Fabrics: handloom kossa tussar silk, pure modal silk, chanderi cotton handloom

    Price: INR 7,945 upwards.

    Avishya

    Avishya

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    This another budget-friendly brand on the list we're totes crushing on. It's the designs that have our heart. A mix between traditional and contemporary, in their range you will spot Kerala Cotton Sarees painted with Hindi Alphabet motifs or a Kasavu Cotton Saree With Rama Seethai Design. Geometric, Floral and Tribal designs also abound in Avishya's collection. Most of these sarees are also multicoloured, in case that's your jam.

    Fabrics: tussar silk, khadi cotton, geecha silk

    Price: INR 2,520 upwards.

    Paarijaatham

    Paarijaatham

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    Paarijaatham's hand painted sarees are cool in the sense you can shop for them based on the different states. The brand also does not shy away from using bold colours which is something we haven't spotted thus far. From Radha-Krishna, Buddha, to Khathakali, you will find multiple Indian designs. Nature inspired motifs also form a big part of their collection. We think the ships at sea, birds on a tree and floral garden to be quite hatke, to say the least.

    Fabrics: Kerala cotton, pure Bhisnupuri silk, tussar silk, Bengal cotton

    Price: INR 1,400 upwards.

    Lavanya The Label

    If elegance is what you want to channel, check out the hand-painted stunning sarees from Lavanya The Label. This brand has nailed the colour contrast aspect of fashion, especially in their sarees. The Pink Hand Painted Organza Saree is what an Indian princess would adorn according to us! The big pink roses scattered across an almost lavender-ish pink sheer saree strikes the perfect balance between ethnic and modern aesthetics. 

    Fabrics: organza

    Price: INR 3,000 upwards.

    Chowdhrain

    Chowdhrain

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    Dripping in grace and style, Chowdhrain, one of the country's emerging brands for sarees has just dropped their hand painted collection and we're all heart eyes! Delicate, pastel, and feminine, these sarees boast gorgeous floral prints on a silk blend saree that comes with a blouse piece. Basically, you're buying a whole look, right here on the LBB Shop at super affordable prices. We love that Chowdhrain's hand painted sarees aren't too busy, they're minimal while still be bold and classy. You've got to see to believe!

    Fabrics: chanderi

    Price: INR 3,500 flat.

    Suta

    Suta

    Available on LBB

    Suta's limited collection of hand painted sarees are one-of-kind. They boast real art as opposed to florals that we've seen everywhere. So expect line art, tribal faces, graphic lettering like "I am no phataka" and "no bad vibes", large polka dots, important figures like Malala, paintings of famous scenes and more. These sarees are perfect for daily wear too as they are made from super lightweight and breathable mul cotton. Suta also hand stitches hand painted blouses. Read more about the brand here.

    Fabrics: mul cotton 

    Price: INR 3,350 upwards