Interesting facts: know about these 4 storytelling sarees of India

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The saris that are still narrated today are mythological stories. Learn some interesting facts related to these.


If we talk about the most popular fashion outfits in India, then the first name will be a sari. The craze of sari has never decreased among Indian women. One reason for this is that the sari has a wide range of patterns, variety, and art. Different forms of the art form in different regions of the country are established in the form of elaborate. Unique specimens of these arts can also be seen on sarees. Each sari in itself creates a different fashion. But today we will talk about some such sarees which are not limited to just print, color, and pattern. In these sarees, you will see mythology and customs.


Kalamkari, Baluchari, Madhubani, and VivahPattu are some of the similar storytelling saris. Let us know about their features and the changes taking place in them.


Kalamkari Saree

You must have heard many stories of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Pancha Tantra, and Mughals. You may have also seen many paintings related to them. However, you can also see these interesting stories in sarees prepared with Kalamkari, a traditional art form in Andhra Pradesh. You can understand the specialty of this art by its name only. 'Kalamkari' means the art done with a pen. The history of this art is very old. This art was recognized in the time of the Mughals. The originators of this art, adorned with natural colors, were the Kalamkars of Golconda and Koramangala. This art was mostly worked in Krishna of Machhalipatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

Today, colors of modernism are seen in Kalamkari art. Kalamkari work is mostly done on Chennai silk and muslin cotton. This art has been given a lot of importance in the fashion world. In these sarees, many stories of Lord Krishna, Ganesh, Vishnu, Saraswati, Radha-Krishna have been carved through painting. The layer of modernity has also increased on it. Whereas Kalamkari was seen in less selective colors, now it has vibrant colors and monochrome shades. Along with sarees, you will also get Kalamkari Kurtis, dupattas, and other fashion accessories.

Bollywood fashion designer and owner of Pinnacle fashion brand, ShrutiSancheti says about story tailing sarees like Kalamkari, Baluchari, Madhubani,

'There have been changes in these designs over time. But the soul of these arts has not been changed, it is equally natural and authentic. Many events have taken place from the Vedic period to the Mughal period which became a part of these arts. Time changed as well as stories changed. '

Madhubani Saree

Madhubani art is a popular name in the fashion industry. It is also a kind of folk art in which the stories of Hinduism and the deities of this religion are engraved with natural color. If we look at the history of this art, it is known that the people living in Madhubani, Bihar, made it through unique paintings on the walls of their homemade from cow dung. Especially when there was a wedding at someone's house or festivals, this art was engraved on the walls. The stories of Krishna and Rama are seen through pictures in Madhubani. Earlier this art was limited to places like Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Darbhanga, etc. in Bihar.

Very few people knew about this art. However, art has gained a new identity through the fashion industry. Along with the walls, now Madhubani saris have also started coming. These sarees carve mythology, animal feeds, plants, and geometric shapes through natural colors. Earlier, in this art, only yellow, yellow, blue, vermilion red, sugapakhi green color was used. At the same time, black color also had special importance in this art. But now modern colors are also seen in Madhubani art. The best thing is that big fashion designers have started giving this art a place in their designer outfits.

Baluchari Saree

The history of Baluchari, the traditional art of Bissanpur and Baluchar in Bengal, is also old. The main attraction of this saree is its pallu. In the pallu of this saree, you will see the stories of the Mahabharata and Ramayana periods. They are very beautifully brewed on pallu with the work done by threads of brocade and silk. Most of the Baluchari art will be seen in silk sarees only.

If we look at the interesting facts associated with this saree, in the earlier times, women of Bengal's Jamidar household used to wear Baluchari sarees. These saris were worn only at festivals or weddings. This art has also received National Awards in the years 2009 and 2010. Now fashion designers have introduced this saree with a new color and style. Yes, the stories in this sari's pallu are still mythical, but the themes have been new. Like in the pallu of these sarees, you can also find stories related to Arjun and things related to Bhagwat songs. It is an eco-friendly saree and hence the work of silk threads is seen on this saree even today, as well as in making this saree, banana tree root, bamboo tree, flower colors, neem, and turmeric Leaf is also used.

Marriage belt

VivahPattu is a traditional saree from South India. Married women wear this saree at Khatsataur. Even on this saree, the wedding rituals are carved through pictures and embroidery. In these sarees, pictures and stories of God are also seen through pictures. Sometime back, Neeta Ambani, the wife of the country's richest man MukeshAmbani, wore a 'VivahPattu' saree on the wedding function of her son Akash Ambani, on which the idol of Lord Srinath was made. At the same time, the director of 'The Chennai Silk' had designed a 'VivahPattu' saree on the theme of Raja Ravi Varma's famous painting 'Galaxy of Musicians' in the year 2008. It was included in the Guinness Book of World Records. Let me tell you that along with the pallu of this saree, stories are carved through pictures on its border as well. In the fashion industry ' The fashion of VivahPattu 'sari is slowly spreading its legs. There is also the work of gold wires on 'VivahPattu'. If you go to mehndi and designer saris, then you will also see the work of special sarees and precious metals in this saree.

Now tell me which story you found the most interesting and beautiful tailing saree.

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