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When it comes to fashion, we can count on leading Bollywood stars to give us cues. Their love for ethnic fashion, in the specification to beautiful handloom saris is not hidden. From Kangana Ranaut’s love for decadent Benaras weaves to Malaika Arora Khan’s Patola drape to Karishma Kapoor upgraded chanderi sari, the repository of ideas is brimming with inspiration.

Unlike the traditional image of handloom’s that resonated with heavy, old-school saris, Indian couturiers, owing to their design interventions, have rolled out saris that sit at an intersection of tradition and modernity.

So if you are planning to invest in some beautiful organza weaves or even traditional kanjeevarams or paithanis, this edit of celeb handloom saris might help.

Taapsee Pannu

Image: Courtesy Gaurang Shah Instagram
Image: Courtesy Gaurang Shah Instagram

Taapsee Pannu’s love for handloom weaves is evident. Even on the red carpet, the actress can be spotted in a variety of silhouettes, but when it comes to saris, she counts on Gaurang Shah. Be it his numerous blends or pure patola work, benarasi experiments, and even paithanis, Pannu’s admiration for Shah’s handlooms is what we love.  And this metallic and gold heritage weave on her makes for a winning look.

Karishma Kapoor

Image: Courtesy Tanya Ghavri Instagram
Image: Courtesy Tanya Ghavri Instagram

Weddings in India allow handloom enthusiasts to opt for some of the most decadent numbers, and Karishma Kapoor doesn’t leave out an opportunity to drape a sari. This beautiful pink chanderi silk drape by Raw Mango that she adorned at Armaan Jain’s wedding was everything.

Malaika Arora

Image: Courtesy Malaika Arora Khan Instagram
Image: Courtesy Malaika Arora Khan Instagram

Think of Malaika Arora Khan and the first image resonates with edgy dresses and red-carpet-worthy gowns but at times she loves to embrace a true-blue sari lover in her. This intricate Patola sari by craft revivalist and designer Sangeeta Kilachand makes for a classic fashion moment.

Jacqueline Fernandez

Image: Courtesy Chandini Whabi Instagram
Image: Courtesy Chandini Whabi Instagram

Get over the old-school red and gold. This season is all about embracing the new classic, black with gold, and this handwoven black butterfly organza Ekaya sari on Jacqueline cements the fact.

Kangana Ranaut 

Image: Courtesy Madhurya Creations Instagram
Image: Courtesy Madhurya Creations Instagram

Kangana Ranaut’s love for exquisite handlooms is something that we are all aware of. For her Cannes debut, Ranaut went full out and opted for this pure silk kanjeevaram handwoven sari in soft gold by Madhurya Creations. Her stylist Ami Patel added a millennial touch with the help of a corset.

Radhika Apte

Image: Courtesy Karan Torani Instagram
Image: Courtesy Karan Torani Instagram

There is a league of designers who are modernising the way traditional saris are seen, and Karan Torani is one of them. This beautiful chanderi sari with scalloped borders on Radhika Apte makes for a winning look.

Kajol Devgan

Image: Courtesy Anita Dongre Instagram
Image: Courtesy Anita Dongre Instagram

For lighter and playful renditions of traditional benarasi weaves, you can always count on Anita Dongre. This beautiful green sari with silver work is a collectable.

Sayani Gupta 

Image: Courtesy Ekaya Banaras Instagram
Image: Courtesy Ekaya Banaras Instagram

Looking for some major celeb handloom saris for inspiration? What better than the classic greens in summers, this handwoven tanchoi silk Ekaya sari on Sayani Gupta conjures up an old-school image.

Staff writer