The weaving and dyeing technique of a pure cotton saree
The Indian subcontinent is the main source of cotton production.
- Gadwal sarees are born in West-Bengal. These traditional saris
generallycome in earthen brown shades and off-white or gray. However, they come in many brighter shades now to expand their market. Zari work in gold and copper shades are doneon Gadwal.
- Kota Daria hails from the state of Rajasthan. These saris are
extremelylightweight and transparent. They use a multi-gauge yarn to create a meshed look in the weaving cloth. Jamdanisarees are mainly from West-Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. They are typically weavedcolourful cotton saris that are usually wovenin stripes or floral patterns. Sambalpuri, Bomkaiand Vichitrapuricotton saris are all produced in Orissa. They are all first tie-dyed and then hand-woven into Ikkatpatterns usually geometric, contrasting or traditional motifs like flowers, wheels, and shells.
- Pochampally sarees of Andhra Pradesh or
Telenganaare famous for their geometric patterns woven in Ikkatstyle. They are wovenfrom fine pure cotton and use the technique of pre-dyeing the yarn before weaving it. These saris can also be foundin cotton blended with silk.
- Tant is also a traditional cotton
saridemandedits infused starch in the sarifor crispness.
- Chanderi cotton sarees from Madhya Pradesh are an excellent blend of lustre, prints, and quality with a silk warp and cotton weft. They specialize in prints of coin, peacock, flower, and geometrics.
- Khadi cotton saris are traditional and most favoured because of their unique weaving process of allowing more
passageof air. They use hand-spun cotton yarn only.