Saree: Types of Sarees

by Aashima on May 6, 2011 · 18 comments

India is a country of many costumes and dresses. Yet saree remains one of the most widely accepted garment across the country. For a six (sometimes nine) yard rectangular piece of cloth, a saree is very versatile and comfortable piece of clothing. A saree can make a woman of any age or shape look stunning. Its sheer simplicity, practicality and the hint of sensuousness makes it a hit with a major population of women in India.

Sarees come in endless varieties. They can be categories on the basis of their fabric or embroidery or print etc. There are a number of known types of sarees in India. Here are a few that are hugely popular:


chikan sarees

Chikan is basically an embroidery style from Lucknow, UP. Chikan is believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, Mughal emperor Jahangir’s wife. Traditionally chikan work meant white on white embroidery but today white threads are used on various color muslin cloth.

Benares Brocade

banarasi saree benaras brocade

These are highly sought after variety of sarees. These are historically known to be one of the finest sarees in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade work, fine silk and rich embroidery. These are decorated with elaborate engravings and are thus very heavy.


tant sarees
The tant cotton sarees are best suited for hot and humid weather. These typically have elaborate pallus and broad gold threadwork borders.


jamdani saree
Jamdani sarees usually have very transparent but fine texture cloth resembling muslin. These display elaborate and ornate workmanship. These are preferred for office wear. Peacocks are a favourite motif as are vines and flowers.
A specific variety of Jamadani saree called Daccai, is woven painstakingly by hand on the old fashioned Jala loom, and many take even up to one year to weave a single sari.


kantha sarees
Kantha is a type of embroidery popular in Bangladesh and in West Bengal, India. Kantha sarees are known for its delicate thread embroidery.


baluchari saree
The Baluchari sarees are figured silk saree produced in the town of Baluchar in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Baluchar sarees essentially have a silk base and avoid strong contrasts. These have detailed scenes from religious epics of India depicted on them and also other figures like horse with a rider, women smoking hookah and court scenes.

Ikat Saree

ikat saree
Ikat is a near universal weaving style common to many world cultures. Likely, it is one of the oldest forms of textile decoration. Ikat, or Ikkat, is the method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye. ikat sarees typically have heavy threadwork borders and pallus with geometric ikat patterning.


chanderi saree
The chanderi sarees are seen as the most sophisticated variety of sarees. These are produced in Chanderi town of Madhya Pradesh. These are generally plain, light and highly translucent sarees with golden borders and small booties all over.


venkatgiri saree
Venkatagiri town in Andhra Pradesh is famous for its Jari cotton sarees. The fabric is popular for its softness and durability. The sarees are suitable for all climates.


gadwal saree
These are a mix of cotton and silk. There is complicated joinery involved and this gives the silk/cotton mix sari its charm. But its so popular because it is possible to fold a 5.5 meter Gadwal saree to the size of a match box.

Kanchipuram/ Kanjivaram

kanjivaram saree
Kanchipuram town in Tamil Nadu is also known as Silk City since the main profession of the people living in and around is weaving silk sarees, more than 5,000 families are engaged in this industry. Kanchipuram or Kanjivaram sarees are richly brocaded silk sarees with broad borders of zari and striped pallus.


paithani saree
Paithani variety of sari is named after the Paithan region in Maharashtra. These are hand woven, fine silk sarees. Colourful flowers are the typical motifs. They are considered the richest sarees in Maharashtra.


bandhani saree
Bandhani, also known as Bandhej, is a type of tie-dye practiced mainly in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. After the processing is over, results into a variety of symbols including, dots, squares, waves and stripes. Bandani sarees are made in bright and contrasting colour combinations.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Priya May 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm

oh god..i want all…def chanderi is on my list next….


calicoaster May 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Nice compilation Aashima!! 😀 😀 😀


Tapaswini Swain May 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Wowwww awesome, looks nice, I love all Sarees !! :waytogo:


Swati May 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

“Chandni & Bandhani..” :woot: :woot: :woot:
Rest all for My Mum.. :smug: :smug: :smug:


Aruna May 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm

will add pochampally and Mysore silks also to this list. Mysore silks are very light and very soft. Pochampally is an Andhra pradesh speciality..there is a town called Pochampally close to Hyderabad


varshini May 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm

wow aruna…even i love pochampally…i have one pocham pally silk sari :)


shanaiia May 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Bandhini sarees :) but the chiffon n georgette kinds..not silk ones…


sari May 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

U shud add Kalamkari…dying art….


akhila May 8, 2011 at 8:34 am

Ashima, good job on this endless compilation…never knew these before.


Gautam Patel September 12, 2011 at 11:17 pm

This is a very nice article, thank you for kindly using my photograph of the beautiful Baluchari saree. If you want to see more sarees then click here:



Shivangi Sharma April 26, 2014 at 11:06 am

Very informative post you provided on this blog. Everyone should know different types of sarees who wear the saree. Because It is interesting to wear different sarees in different ways. I love this . In this blog you mentioned each and everything about Indian sarees.


Neenu Manoj July 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

U missed Kerala saree *cry*


sindhu August 6, 2014 at 11:53 am

You left out my mom’s favourite Mysore silk sarees which are made of the finest silk and produced only in Karnataka…. They are unique, come in all shades and styles and have simple to heavy pallu, or buttas or checkered all over. They are one of the most expensive silks sought after by women looking for comfort and gives a rich and elegant look


sindhu August 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

Also Dharmavaram sarees of Andhra Pradesh and Binny silk sarees which resemble mysore silk sarees :) The mysore silk and Kanjivaram sarees are a must have in a south indian’s wardrobe. *powder* *preen*


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