Sari Fabrics - Styles & Varieties

Sari Fabrics - Styles & Varieties

Sarees have taken the international fashion world by storm in recent years. They have evolved from being popular favorites, beloved by the masses, into an haute fashion item which can be worn for all kinds of occasions. One of the lesser known secrets about this trendy item is that it is available in a vast range of fabrics, with each sari fabric having its own set of unique selling points.

Every region of India offer a different style of saree fabric crafted and designed using ancient techniques perfected over many years by the rural artisans. On the other hand, these traditional techniques have also been embraced by big name designers, who have come with innovative ways to incorporate them into designer sarees.

Sari Materials

The choice of sari material is crucial to the over-all look and feel of the saree. It affects the way the saree drapes over the body, the fall and pleating style, the types of embroidery and embellishments and the level of comfort for the wearer. The occasion for which the saree is needed can also be a key factor in selecting the fabric as some fabrics are inherently luxurious while others look better for casual events.


The most common saree material is cotton. This material is highly popular due its comfort, breathability and style.Commonly worn on an everyday basis by women of all ages, there are tremendous varieties even within this single fabric.

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Cotton sarees are classic, traditional pieces and usually come in bright colors which make them suitable for hot summer days. On the other hand, printed cotton sarees with modern motifs and abstract designs are highly fashionable as well.


Silk is another beautiful Indian sari fabric. Though appearing in India relatively recently, silk sarees have become an integral part of Indian fashion. Here also there is a tremendous variety and depending on the weaving style, the way it has been treated, the type of decorations used, the type of raw materials used and many other such factors the over-all look and feel can be quite distinctive.

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Each of these types has become a brand name and has become associated with certain regions, festivals or seasons. For instance, Banarasi silk is known for its opulence and beauty and is a favorite bridal saree fabric. Tussar silk is another famous variety famous for its distinctive dull finish and pretty embroideries.

There are many fine versions of silk sarees, such as Gota, Tanjore, Patola, Jamavar, Dupion, Art and so on. There are also many beautiful mixed fabrics like silk on cotton, cotton on silk and silk on wool which combine the advantages of two fabrics in one saree.

Georgette, Chiffon and Crepe

The more modern types of sarees material include georgette, chiffon and crepe.They are usually made of silk though artificial fabrics like rayon can also be used. Georgette and chiffon are known for their soft, smooth and feminine feel while crepe has a unique crumpled texture.

Here are Chiffon, Net and Georgette Sarees from

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More luxurious fabrics like organza, brocade, velvet, satin and net are also popular saree fabric choices, especially for parties and special occasions. These have a high-end, luxurious appeal and usually come with elaborate embellishments as well.


Cotton is a safe choice for any casual event while silk sarees are popular wedding and party wear choices. However, with evolution of the saree, many new fabric choices have emerged. This presents women with the chance to experiment with different types of looks and stay stylish and modern even while enjoying the traditional appeal of a saree outfit.

For instance, printed sarees with bold geometric or tribal prints represent a great fusion of comfort and style. Similarly georgette and chiffon sarees are unforgettably sensual and feminine which is why they are often seen both on television and in movies.

They are paired up with daringly cut halter neck or sleeveless blouses and chunky wooden necklaces to create a fun, earthy yet attractive look for modern women. Designer sarees are often made of georgette and chiffon and these fabrics are frequently seen on ramps.

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Layered net sarees with chiffon, satin or velvet materials are also emerging as favorites in the high-end saree category. They are perfect for making a splash at a wedding or festival. Each saree material should be accessorized in a unique way which suits the beauty of the fabric.

For instance, shimmering silk fabrics go well with gold necklace sets as well as pearl necklaces.  Cotton has a causal vibe which matches well with wooden jewelry, terracotta necklace sets and oxidized pendants. Stone studded necklaces go best with high-end fabrics like chiffon or satin.