Handloom fabrics are woven by hand, without the use of electricity. These fabrics are made for us in West Bengal, India, where people have been making and exporting this kind of cloth for millennia. … Our Jamdani Cotton fabrics are handwoven, too: see them here.
Types of handloom
Some of the well-known Indian handloom saris are Kanchipuram silk saris, Maheshwari sari, Bagh print sari, Chanderi silk saris, Tussar silk sari, Banarasi silk sari, Baluchuri saris, Sambalpuri saris, Kantha stitch saris, Bhadhini saris and Munga saris.
The designs on Baluchuri saris feature mythology stories which can be seen in the temples of Bishnupur & Bankura of West Bengal. The pallus and borders showcase elaborate designs of flowers, animals and royal court scenes. Some feature designs of Ramayana and Mahabharata scenes narrating the stories. The most popular colours of Balachuri saris are green, red, white and yellow.
A master weaver usually takes 20–25 days to complete weaving of a Baluchuri sari.
The quality of zari used in weaving kanchipuram saris in Tamil Nadu is superior and attracts foreign visitors. The zaris used are generally gold and silver.
Tussar sari are soft to touch and are woven in areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bhalgalpur. The bright colour combinations and the breathable nature of the fabric make it unique.
Banarasi saris have been a valuable possession for brides. Woven by master craftsmanship of Uttar Pradesh, they feature intricately woven designs with golden and silver threads. These saris are usually heavy and can be worn in festivals as well as at weddings.