Did you know? India is a home to around 43 lakh weavers and that the Indian government launched National Handloom Day on August 7, 2015, to commemorate the celebration of aesthetics and indigenous talent.
Yes it did and the date has been chosen as– for it was the official start of the Swadeshi Movement in 1905.
When we hear the term “handloom”, we instantly think of the traditional textile art done on timeless hand-spun ensembles, especially sarees. They are rich in colour, dye, sequins, beads, mirrors, intricate patterns, motifs or zardosi. Even after so many years of fierce competition from cheap emulations and other emerging new styles, handlooms have survived generations.
Some of the well known Indian Handloom Sarees consists of Kanchipuram Silk Sarees (South), Maheshwari Saree (MP), Bagh Print Saree (MP), Chanderi Silk Sarees (MP), Tussar silk saree (Jharkhand), Banarasi Silk Saree (South), Baluchuri Sarees (WB), Sambalpuri Sarees (Odisha), Kantha stitch Sarees (WB), Bandhani Sarees (Rajasthan) and Munga Sarees (Assam).
Minu Fashion, Kolkata, one of the largest online stores offering a wide range of Indian ethnic wears, dedicates a complete section to handloom sarees. In this blog, we will showcase some of their best collection which will want you to go desi when you wear saree next!
With contrasting colours and beautiful motif prints, this dark-toned saree transitions effortlessly from day to night settings.
This flower printed cotton saree flaunts ethnic style with elegance.
Radiates traditional aesthetics with this saree crafted from cotton and that features complimenting colour scheme, flower motifs and a contrasting blouse piece.
This cotton saree in olive green and pink with motifs showcases a perfect traditional look and gracefully elevates stylish appeal.
Handlooms are not just about aesthetics or style; they encapsulate heritage, culture and a revered Indian work ethic. So, next time you go shopping, buying a handloom saree is a must! Right?