Saris are the most ethnic and elegant attire for women in India. Nowadays women living abroad also wear saree extensively. Majority of India Sarees are classified according to occasion, or may be festivals. The gorgeous work seen on sarees is made keeping in mind the intensity of the event. Indian beauty is displayed at its best through a saree and the Indian traditions allow ornamenting the women with a saree along with the matching and appropriate ornaments.
Adhering to the norms of several occasions, women usually change their choice of saree bringing a variation in fabric and designs. The designs and the fabrics used in a sarees also depend on the occasion. For example, the bridal sarees are intricately designed with zari and gold and silver flakes on silk fabrics. The best saree for an Indian bride is known to be the Banarasi saree that is admired for the elaborate motifs and the lovely fabrics. Indian brides prefer to dress up in red Banarasi sarees, even though according to the modern choice Banarasi sarees, women prefer Benarasi sarees in different colours.
In India, wedding denotes the unification of the bride and groom and also the union of the two families. The people who are invited in the occasion also get themselves dressed in gaudy clothes, again women are seen mainly in sarees. Sarees like Chettinad sarees, Gadwal sarees, Kanjeevaram sarees, Konrad sarees, Mysore silk sarees, Pochampally sarees, Chanderi sarees, Paithani sarees, Patola sarees have gained a secured place in the list of preference for wedding occasions. On occasions like funeral ceremony or ` shradh`, women wear sarees of light colour and simple design. During the jolly occasion of `annaprashan`, birthdays, `grihapravesh` and other social gatherings or occasions the women adorn themselves in sarees of bright and vibrant colours. Tussar sarees are widely worn by the widow women in all kinds of occasions.
The Indian sarees reflect a variety of designs of different regions and the artisans blend these designs together with traditional motifs thus bringing the touch of creativity. The artisans create different sarees and display an individuality of their own with the usage of fabrics and designs. In the eastern India `tant`, Gorad sarees, Khadi sarees, Jamdani sarees, embroidered sarees, Tangail sarees along with deftly designed chiffon georgette sarees are truly popular. South India is best known for their Chettinad Sarees, Kanjeevaram sarees, Gadwal sarees, Konrad sarees, Mysore silk sarees and Pochampally sarees and so on. Saris in western India manifest the designs of Chanderi temples and thus known as Chanderi sarees. This particular saree reflects the usage of quality gold thread. The `kosa` saree of the western region are lustrous and magnificent. You will also see the Paithani sarees worn widely in western India that derives the patterns and motifs from Ajanta Caves and has motifs of peacock, lotus, and mango with intricate designs in the pallu and the border of the saree. These sarees are famous and women wear them in several regional occasions.
Indian women wear sarees in different occasions starting from the regional events to the family gatherings. Gaining popularity all over India, these sarees has extended even to the international market for the complexity of designs and fabrics.