Ganga Jamuna Sarees of Maharashtra

Published: 09th December 2009
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The grace lent by a five yard saree woven in silk or cotton and displayed in a rainbow of colors, remains largely unparalleled. The modern forms of dressing don't come even an inch nearer to it.

This primary attire of Indian Women has even taken the world of international fashion by storm, what with saris designed by Indian designers selling like hot cakes in international markets. Like Indian music, the modest Indian saree comes in a plethora of designs. Interestingly, these sarees are given interesting names based on the history that surrounds them or the imagery they conjure up in the mind of the beholder. Examples of Indian Traditional saris, rather fabrics that these saris are made up of are chanderi, paithani, maheshwari, Ganga-Jamuna, Ghatchola etc. each of these types of sarees are typical of one or more Indian Regions to which they genetically belong. But thanks to the blurring of boundaries between the regions and the nations, there is an archetype designed in the elegance of the region apart from that of its birth. Ganga-Jamuna saris are the best example of this.

They are traditional Maharashtrian saris whose border or pallu is made intricately with two colors, one on the front and another matching or contrasting color on the rear side. This essentially symbolizes the two greatest rivers of the Indian Subcontinent: Ganga and Yamuna or Jamuna. The two rivers are juxtaposed against each other but they instead create a harmonious design and look when adorned on a sari.

Originally, the design of Ganga Jamuna fabric was done on an off white spread of cloth with the silver threads intertwined with the golden ones and serving as a lavish pallu. The sleeves of the blouse adhere to the set combination. But nowadays these profuse patterns are colored in bolder hues such as black and maroon. You can also match a typical Ganga Jamuna blouse with the contrasting saree of your choice and make a style statement of your own...there is actually no end to the height of fashionable creativity that can be achieved with a sari.

And you will be amazed to find the saris that come out from the workshops of artisans and weavers in contemporary sari centers of India such as Varanasi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. The Ganga Jamuna saris range between Rs 2000 to Rs 6000 depending upon the fabric used. The most commonly used are cotton, silk, brocade or a combination of the three.

These saris are an not only an ideal wear for occasions such as wedding or a puja when set in lavishly luxuriant fabrics such as tusseur, brocade or silk, but can serve as a smart formal wear when woven in cotton. But the best is yet to come...these sarees are the most versatile form of Indian wear as they can be wore two way as there are no loose threads to distinguish the two ends. Blouse is so designed that it is possible to flaunt it in both the ways. So get one today and epitomize the quintessential Indianness.

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