Sarees have a special place in our hearts. They have been the most appreciated clothing article among Indian women, and rightfully so. Sarees bring out a woman’s elegance like no other clothing articles. And, if we are to talk about silk sarees, the love increases tenfold, the reason being its strong cultural association and authenticity, which makes it a leading choice for occasions such as weddings, festivals, etc.
The Roots Of Silk in India
Silk has been loved for ages, and with time a lot of new weaving techniques and methods have been used to produce and craft the best products out of the beautiful silk yarn. Our connections with silk run deep into our history and speak of huge Persian and Mughal impacts on our Indian culture and heritage. Numerous cultural, indigenous, and foreign efforts and techniques have come together to produce the astounding and unique saree culture. What’s more beautiful is the sheer variety of silk sarees that India has. Practically every state/region has its native version of silk sarees. These sarees range from pure silk to a blended version of silk.
Today many power-loom-made varieties of sarees are being produced. This commercially produced silk is being utilized for producing different, unique varieties of sarees. These sarees range from Bangalore silk sarees to beautiful crepe and georgette sarees that use silk fibers for their production. This just highlights how strongly silk has been integrated into our saree culture to offer a variety of beautiful sarees that never go out of fashion.
South India and Silk Sarees
Silk and silk sarees have an even more special connection to the southern side of India, which not only happen to be the largest manufacturers but also the leading consumers of silk in India. Silk sarees have been deeply embedded in the lives of the south Indians. From birth anniversaries to weddings, they are seen and worn on every prestigious occasion. The silk sarees have also been a part of the classical and traditional dances and arts such as Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, and many more. The States leading the silk production in India are Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.
Even most of the finest quality of silk produced by the Indian mulberry silkworms is extracted from these states, the leading one being Karnataka. That’s the main reason why Karnataka is a name that is considered the best when it comes to the finest quality silk sarees. Mysore and Bangalore silk sarees are some of the most popular ones in the game, and the magnificence of these elegant sarees is unmatched. And the fact that the cities of Mysore and north Bangalore are known as the ‘silk city’ is pretty much self-explanatory and speaks of their rich background and quality.
This is just the surface-level beauty of the rich silk roots of India and how deeply it is embedded in Indian culture. There is so much to unravel when we go into the depths of the beauty of silk sarees in general. But for now, this should be enough to make anyone believe how precious silk sarees are to us Indians.