New-age saree-lovers love trying something different every time. While they still prefer cotton sarees at workplace, they are constantly on the lookout for sarees with modern touch. Giving in to it is the modern-day weavers who seem to be increasingly focusing on contemporary styles. Some of these handloom cotton sarees that have embraced newer designs to appeal the modern women are:
Sambalpuri Cotton Sarees:
As a result of changing fashion trends, the weavers of Sambalpur, Sonepur and Barghar have inculcated modern designs in their weave. The three traditional motifs of Sambalpuri saris — sankha(conch), chakra (wheel), phula(flower) are being replaced by modern abstract prints. Eg: new patterns and designs such as light blue cotton sari embellished with tribal dance motifs, animal prints on peacock green sari and vibrant abstract patchwork on a beige sari have emerged of late.
Also previously, the traditional handloom saris mostly used the tie-and-dye technique with almost negligible thread work. But nowadays, Sambalpuri and Bomkai saris are not only adorned with cotton thread work but are also embroidered with golden threads to create a jazzy effect.
What started as a modest drape during the freedom fighting days when Mahatma Gandhi promoted it with the intention to discourage Indians from wearing foreign clothes, Khadi sarees have become a rage today. Understated but not lacking in charm, the new age Khadi sarees ensure they hold the gaze of the onlookers with their plain colors with contrast borders and well-crafted pallus in modern designs in thread and zari work.
Jamdani Cotton Sarees:
The weaving community of Bengal is trying their best to reinvent themselves and keep up with the latest trends. Though traditional flowers and vase designs rule the roost even today, myriad color combinations that are rather trendy are seen more often. The ever-evolving exquisite patterns of Jamdani on the artistic cotton textile of Bengal always manage to appease the refined taste buds of the fashion frenzy women.
Paithani Cotton Sarees:
Reviving an age-old tradition where Paithani sarees were made from a cotton base where silk was used in weft designs and in the borders, whereas cotton was used in the body of the fabric thus rendering comfort to the wearer while flashing grand looks with their rich looking border and pallu, Paithani cotton sarees are a welcome change in today’s saree fashion. These sarees are enormously demanded.