The panetar is a typical Gujarati wedding outfit for brides. Both Hindu and Jain brides wear a panetar and a gharchola. The paneter is an unique silk sari with a white body and red border. The plain white body is woven in Gajji silk with linear stripes or checks in gold zari. There are tie dyed (bandhani) motifs usually yellow/gold or green to adorn the sari. The Panetar saree is usually worn at the start of the wedding and is gifted to the bride by her maternal uncle.
Gharchola is a saree, traditionally used as a head/ shoulder drape, called as Odhani or Chunari. Since it is a wedding apparel, it is usually in auspicious colours of red/ maroon and green/ yellow. It is usually a silk-cotton blended fabric and a variant of the popular Bandhani saree, Gharchola is distinguishable by its typical grid pattern. The gharchola saree or drape is gifted to the bride by her in-laws and is usually worn during the second half of the wedding.
Banarasi sarees are made in a city called Varanasi in Northern India which are highly valued for their intricate gold and silver work and lovely designs. Since these sarees have a lot of zari work, they are usually very heavy. These handloom sarees usually take many days to months to be made by the weavers of Banaras. You can easily spot a Banarasi saree/piece from the trademark flower and leaf motifs as well as the “bootis” that are made on the fabric. The fabric used usually ranges from silk, organza, georgette, to pure cotton. The typical Bengali bridal dress is a Banarasi silk red saree known as Benaroshi, which is rich in zari work.
Kanjeevaram or Kanchipuram saree
The saree has been named after the town in which it is produced. The silk used in the creation of Kanjeevaram saree is extremely fine as well as durable and is one of the most popular forms of silk in the state of Tamil Nadu. The bold and bright color of the sari is very much preferred by the South Indian women, whose trousseau remains incomplete without this amazing outfit.
These sarees use of a combination of numerous coloured threads. Adding to the attraction of the saris is the exquisite and elaborate zari (a form of embroidery) work. The motifs used in an Indian Kanchipuram sari are based on the Pallava temples, palaces and paintings.
Contemporary saree – Net / Designer Saree
With the changing times, the styles and saree fabrics have also under gone a change. Net sarees are one of the most loved trend in Indian wedding sarees. Net as a base material is light and versatile. It can be dyed in almost all colours, and takes brilliantly to a variety of embroideries and embellishments.Net sarees are preferred by brides who want a modern element to their style.These sarees are also fused with other materials like silk, georgette and satin to create variety of effects in contemporary sarees.
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