Rajasthan is known for its textile industry which is why it has emerged as the textile hub of India and has developed its haute couture for its famous crafts such as block printing, gotta Patti, bandhani prints, which have their reserved places in every Rajasthani woman’s wardrobe.
Rajasthan is famous in many ways. Along with its history, culture, and food, the sarees here are also famous all over the country. If you go to any new place and do not do shopping, especially when the place is known for its market, then the experience remains incomplete.
Here we have shortlisted five traditional Rajasthani sarees – prints and styles – that you should have in your wardrobes for different occasions. These Rajasthani sarees are known for their breathable fabrics, lightweight, bright colours, and diverse prints.
1. Bandej / Bandhani
As the name suggests, it is a tie and dye method. Also known as Bandhani, it is truly an art where saris are tied and then dyeing them with a thread at different points making a variety of patterns. The term bandhani is derived from the Sanskrit verbal root bandh (“to bind, to tie”). These sarees are very thin and shrivelled. You need not attach these sarees to a particular occasion, be it a cultural event at work or festivals, weddings, you can slay these saris everywhere and be a show stopper.
Leheriya sarees are also famous prints hailing from Rajasthan. A leheriya is recognised by its criss-cross patterned stripes which come in different fabrics but georgette, chiffon, and crape are the popular ones because of their fall and lightweight. A leheriya is a wonderful pick for festive seasons due to its colourful linear patterns. Your wardrobe is incomplete without leheriyas in it.
3. Block Print
The block print work of Rajasthan is famous all over the world. It is done with different blocks of cotton fabric from natural colours. Hand block printing is the art of printing artistic designs on fabric using wooden blocks or other resist or discharge methods. Jaipur prints are also known as Bagru prints, Sanganeri block prints, and many others are the most widely known. It’s the time to slay your everyday looks with block prints.
4. Gota Patti
Gota Patti’s designs are never out of trend. This is a thing of gota that creates a heavy look but to the surprise is still lightweight. This makes these sarees an ideal pick for occasions like weddings and festivals where you don’t have to stress on your heavy dresses but enjoy. You can find these patterns on silk, kota, georgette, and chiffon.
Made from the warp on the handloom, these sarees have many specialities. For this reason, it remains the centre of attraction all over the world. These sarees have a mixture of threads of silver, golden zari, silk, cotton, etc. These threads are procured from various famous places such as Karnataka, Gujarat Tamil Nadu, etc. Kota sarees give you a shiny look. The bandhani Kota Silk sari is a Jaipur staple that is perfect for small occasions.
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