Top 5 Bridal Wear Ethnic Sarees of Eastern Indian Weavers
India is known for its festivities and colorful attires. When you talk about marriages, there is a specific term called Big Fat Indian Wedding, which tells that how important is merry making on Indian wedding. No wonder costumes make an integral part of it. Both brides and grooms plan for years what they would wear on their special day. Gone are the days when red Benarasi or lehenga used to be the only traditional Hindu bridal wear in India except for some parts. But today fusion fashion has taken bridal wears to a new height. Here we will discuss top 5 bridal wear sarees of eastern Indian weavers.
Benarasi Silk Sarees
Though Benarasi silk saree is not truly from eastern India as Benaras or Varanasi is located in northern part of India but its popularity is stretched mostly in eastern part of the country. It is the bridal wear of most of the eastern states like West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. Benarasi sarees are epitome of Hindu weddings. The rich, soft and supple texture of the silk and gorgeous work on border and anchal makes it an exquisite creation. Unfortunately weaving industry is in a bad shape as powerlooms are taking over handlooms and these craftsmen are rendered jobless or highly underpaid though the demand or price of these sarees never seem to diminish.
Baluchari sarees are the pride of West Bengal. Though originated in Murshidabad, today this exclusively artistic saree is woven mainly in Bishnupur and its adjoining areas. In this saree, scenes of different folklores, Ramayana and Mahabharata are depicted through threadwork on silk fabric. It takes one weeks’ effort of two weavers to complete one saree. Once the saree is completed, it is polished for finesse. Usually, one or two contrast colored threads are used in Baluchari sarees but in another variety of attractive patterns of meenakari work is done with bright colors to add another dimension to the saree. Brides who want to keep it minimal choose Baluchari saree as their bridal wear. It is a beautiful blend of tradition, grace and sophistication.
This is another variety of Baluchari where golden and silver threads are used for weaving. It is a beautiful and gorgeous saree and apt to be bridal wear. Even if the bride does not wear it for the wedding ceremony, this has to be her choice for the reception saree. After Benarasi, a Bengali bride prefers Swarnachari saree for her wedding. It is the second option as bridal wear in West Bengal.
Sambalpuri Silk Sarees
Sambalpuri silk sarees epitomize sophistication. It is the traditional wedding saree for the Odiya bride though these days they prefer all kinds of fabric like chiffon, georgette and cotton. The work on border and anchal makes Sambalpuri silk sarees distinct from the other silk sarees of Odisha. If an Odiya bride has to choose her wedding saree from the traditional Odisha sarees like Bomkai and Cuttacki, she will choose Sambalpuri silk saree.
Assam Silk Sarees
Another exclusive bridal saree of eastern Indian weavers is Assam silk. The traditional wedding attire of an Assamese bride is mekhala chador woven in muga, pat silk or cotton. There are some authentic patterns that are specific to Assam. However, modern brides are ready to experiment. Assam silk and Muga silk sarees are widely popular due to their intricate woven patterns. They are considered to be one of the finest silk varieties. This is the reason they are largely gaining popularity as bridal wears in Assam as well as rest of the country. A bright red saree in Assam or Muga silk with golden zari patterns can be that dream look of a bride who has been yearning for it for years.