Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Wedding Ideas: Picking the right saree
Here’s are treat for all you non football fans ;) A post on sarees ;)

Sarees come in a multitude of variety, type and quality. It’s a mind boggling affair to pick the right saree for your wedding.

With so many different styles of saree’s available how do you pick one that suits you?

When choosing a saree for your wedding take into consideration the quality, weight, durability, drape, your body, height and style before purchasing. Remember this is a saree you want to be able to keep and use for a lifetime, so invest in a good saree.

Do avoid getting sarees with embellishments such as fake gold drops as this will fall and rust in a very short time. Stones and crystals may cost more but they will last longer as well.

Benaras silk
Saree’s like the Benaras silk are heavy in weight because of the thickness of the silk material coupled with the brocade work. Surprisingly it is the more popular wedding saree in Malaysia compared to the lighter and more commonly purchased wedding saree in India – Kanchipuram.

It may make plump brides look heavier on the hips and give thinner brides a more luscious look.

The saree is easier to drape but not the easiest to walk in. While they tend to glitter at the first use, the saree may lose its brightness and glitter after a few years unless you purchase the top most quality.

A lighter version of the Benaras saree that comes with silk thread embroidery is the Valkalam pattu.

Tissue Silk
It’s very lightweight in character but that is also its negative quality as it may give a puffy look to the bride if not draped properly. It is not that easy to drape either plus it may look less grand for a wedding.
This saree will need extra care than that is needed for most silk sarees due to the nature of its material.

Embroidered Chiffon Sarees
Are more suited for wedding dinners, the weight varies according to the quality and materials used. Gives a grand appearance and adds flash with its sequins and bead embroidery. 


Mysore Silk
You rarely see bride’s wearing this saree as the usual quality found in Malaysia seems too simple. However the higher quality saree’s that are considerably more expensive are grander and heavier in weight and could be used as wedding saree’s for the bride who is going for a softer look.

Unfortunately I don’t think the local stores in Malaysia have these saree’s in their shops.

Pochampali or Orissa Silk

These 2 type’s of sarees look similar in style but are different in price and workmanship. Done in the ikat style of tie dye, each saree is one of a kind even though they may look similar. They are considerably simple compared to the brocade rich saree’s usually one by brides.

But it’s perfect for the bride looking to be different and simple during her wedding as they usually do not have gold trimmings and feature more silver and embroidery work. The saree is also very light in weight. However there is limited variety in Malaysia stores.

Rangoli Silk
Is a pretty new silk that tends to imitate the look of Kanchipuram saree’s but offer them in lower prices, though again there are different qualities of saree’s. However regardless of the quality the gold brocade tends to change colour after a while. It is similar in weight to the Kanchipuram though the thread count, silk quality and colours differ.

Kanchipuram Silk
Is the queen of all silk sarees for its make, uniqueness, quality and colours. There are ways to identify the fake from the real handmade sarees. The handmade ones will have threads hanging out between the main body of the saree and the pallu (the end).


To attract the younger market they have created cheaper and lighter versions with newer patterns – stunning but it tends to be too light n crease easily. There are also gorgeous sarees with elaborate embroidery and stone work.

The prices will wary according to the grade of the silk, the variety of golden thread (pure gold thread or silver thread dipped in gold) and the amount of embroidery. With proper care these gold thread will not lose its colour and lustre unless your laundry shop spoils it. If your saree tears after a decade or so (depending on how you use it) you can take the saree to india to get the gold removed. Most of the saree’s are double toned so the colours will look different in diverse lighting.

Only a few stores in KL stock good quality Kanchipuram sarees which are mainly Gayathri’s (KL and Klang), Pothy’s and Nalli’s. Though be careful as sometimes they tend to show the Rangoli Kanchi saree’s due to most Malaysian brides preference.

So choose your saree’s wisely as this is for a lifetime. You don’t want to regret not getting one that will last long and stay in fashion. 

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Anonymous Nicholas Leong said...
Great advice :) though I won't be wearing a saree anytime soon :)

Blogger Kokilah Reddy said...
tq for this article. helps me a lot for the up coming Big Day.i definately want those days kanchivaram(the ones our grandma n mummy's use to wear)!!!i am ortodox in this one thing n am proud of it. this article really was beneficial dear

Blogger Visithra said...
nicholas : thanks - hehhe i would think so ;p

koki: thanks dear ;) ah glad it helps - ah i use kanchivarams still - its my fav saree ;p

no worries - r u getting them here or in india? if u need tips for here give me a buzz ;)