Regional Saris & Drapes - India


A brief look at regional sari drapes and textiles from India. India's diversity extends from language, food, religion, textile and beyond. It includes varied sari drapes, developed regionally to suit ones needs. This exhibit shares a brief introduction to six saris and drapes unique to a particular region in India. 

Orissa, India - Kuncha Sari Drape
Saktapar Sari: This sari is woven with an ikat weave (both the warp and weft threads are dyed prior to weaving). Woven in the regions of Sambalpur, Bargarh and Sonepur, they are traditionally woven in red and black yarn-resist cotton and have a have distinct three border checkerboard pattern.

Sari Source: Courtesy of Manisha Gera Baswani

Sari Type: Saktapar

Sari Material: 100% silk

Andhra Pradesh, India - Kuchipudi Men's Drape 
Telia Rumaal Sari: Originally designed as a neck scarf for the Middle Eastern market, the Telia rumaal (the latter meaning handkerchief) was later adapted on the loom to become a sari. This sari is woven with the complex double ikat weave (both the warp and weft threads are dyed prior to weaving), and is traditionally woven with vegetable dyed lightweight silk that has been treated in oil to retain its colour.

Sari Source: Courtesy of Sabita Radhakrishna

Sari Type: Telia Rumaal

Sari Material: 100% cotton, handloom

Karnataka, India - Coorg Sari Drape 
Mysore Silk Sari: The production of Mysore silk (mulberry) has been predominant in India’s silk production since the 18th Century, under the reign of Tipu Sultan, the Maharaja of Mysore. Mysore silk saris are prized for their softness, rich colors, and use of pure silk and gold zari.

Sari Source: From the collection of Rani Saheb of Kotda Sangani, former Princess Vijay Devi of Mysore, courtesy of her daughter Shakuntala Devi

Sari Type: Mysore Silk

Sari Material: 100% silk

Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, India - Seedha Palla Sari Drape 
Banarasi Sari: Made in Benaras, Uttar Pradesh, this weave was long considered an essential trousseau requirement, though over the recent years, after a period of unpopularity, a concerted effort has been made to rekindle its declining interest.  

Sari Source: Rajesh Pratap Singh

Sari Type: Banarasi

Sari Material: 100% silk

Gujarat, India - Parsi Sari Drape 
Parsi Gara Sari: With origins in present day Iran, dating back to the Bronze Age, gara embroidery is an exquisite and intricate hand embroidery made by Parsis. It is developed in many colours, often depicting symbols of nature and pictorial scenes.   

Sari Source: Ashdeen

Sari Type: Parsi Gara

Sari Material: Crepe silk

Madhya Pradesh, India - Jhabua Sari Drape 
Bagh Print Sari: This is a traditional hand block print made with natural, vegetable dyes. Bagh print saris often featured replicated geometric and floral patterns in red and black over a white background.

Sari Source: Courtesy of Madhu Sood

Sari Type: Bagh Print

Sari Material: 100% cotton

Credits: Story

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Photography: Bon Duke
Sari Advisor: Rta Kapur Chishti
Producer / Creative Director: Malika Verma Kashyap
Associate Creative Directors: Deep Kailey, Rashmi Varma
Sari Drape Team: Mehak Kapur Chishti, Pallavi Verma, Sharanya Aggarwal
Project Manager: Julia Smith
Models: TJ Bhanu , Carol Humtsoe
Advisors: Sunitha Kumar Emmart, Sanjay Garg
Thanks to: Suniti Ila Rao, Roxanne Doucet
Patron: Good Earth

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