We carry a wide variety of saris and spend a lot of time curating these in India and Pakistan in order to provide customers with an array of choices to suit their tastes. Apart from the designs and the embroidery, it’s fundamental for us to offer an assortment of fabrics as there are so many different options and they can be carried very differently, really changing the look and feel.
Georgette is my personal favourite fabric. It pleats well and flows amazingly. Despite this, the fabric is thick enough to hold a lot of embroidery versus lighter fabrics such as chiffon. Because it is heavier as well, the pleats hold securely but are thin enough to be easy to pin and tuck in. Georgette fabric also looks great with a delicate border, with any type of embroidery whether its thread embroidery or beads and also with detailed embellishment.
Chiffon is very similar to georgette but thinner. Chiffon saris can be perfect for when you want a more transparent look or are looking to show off your torso. They are generally worn by younger generations, but can also be worn over different layers. What is great about chiffon is you can achieve the same look as net but it still pleats better and is thinner so it doesn’t crumple as much net can. Chiffon holds heavy embroidery well and so often the most beautiful designs come in chiffon.
Net saris are beautiful, especially when they are heavily embroidered. With net saris, the pallu falls over the shoulder nicely without being pleated the way you would for a georgette or chiffon sari. They also look great with a nice blouse as the entire blouse is visible under the net but you have to make sure the blouse is tailored properly with no imperfections, same thing with the petticoat which is visible. You have to be very careful about the pleating coming undone with a net sari and making sure it’s pinned very well. The other negative about net is the bunching that can happen at the top as well. Finally, it’s not ideal when it gets caught on your jewellery, so be careful when arranging accessories.
Chantilly lace saris are gorgeous and so in style. Especially when we consult brides looking for elegant white saris, we highly advise chantilly lace. There are only advantages here – you get the effect of lace and the transparency and elegance of net, but it’s super light and pleats extremely well, staying in place – which is so important for big occasions.
Chantilly lace is a stunning French fabric that Indian’s have become experts in cutting and designing. Embroidery enhances the look, and even the simplest of embroidery can make all the difference. When the saris are plain, they can have the effect of looking a little bit like a home furnishing fabric, but once done up and worn they look incredible and so bridal. Even for non-brides, the dyed colours look amazing.
Satin saris are another one of our favourite fabrics. The fabric has a very expensive and rich feel to it and the shine makes the sari stand out from miles away. Unlike silk, satin looks very glossy and so when you are picking bold colours can really bring out the richness of the colour. Usually these look best in darker colours. It’s also very light and comfortable. Often the satin saris we carry are more printed and less embroidered. Due to the slippery characteristics of the fabric, it also has to be very well pinned when being pleated and too much embroidery can make it too heavy so the pleats fall apart.
Bandhani saris are more a style rather than a fabric, but I thought I should allude to them as well given we carry a wide variety of these. Bandhani saris are a traditional yet timeless look that are great for special occasions. Often we find mothers of grooms / brides wearing these or also people in positions of authority who need something that stands out for a special or traditional ceremony. These saris are tie-dyed and come in exceptional varieties of colours. We bring many of these in from Surat, in Gujarat – a fabric capital in India with many experts in fabric dying. Bandhani saris are very popular amongst Gujaratis who love these for evening wear and bridal looks.
Cotton saris provide more of an everyday look rather than a festive look. These are very commonly worn in South Asia where I procure, as people wear saris for more functional purposes rather than decorative, and it also is very breathable in the tropical weather. For customers who are looking for a minimalist yet tasteful look, cotton can be a good option and can be decorated well with accessories.
Silk saris are heavier and often viewed as a contrast to cotton. As a result, silk has a reputation of being more of a “winter” fabric. Silk saris give an allure of maturity and grace. These can also be worn casually. One great thing about silk is that when patterns are put on, it looks particularly stunning. The silk saris we carry are again more patterned or feature intricate levels of thread embroidery. Usually we like to bring in Assam or Arani silk which is of very high quality and also can be decorated with more modern looks.
Crepe saris are a modern and formalized adaptation of the cotton saris. Because the fabric folds so well, they can create beautiful pleats and are popular amongst brides because of this quality. Especially for brides looking for a white sari, crepe is a fabric that looks great in white. Crepe is another popular fabric for evening wear, parties and formal occasions.