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The fact that the sari, especially handwoven ones, are enjoying the unanimous favour of traditional dressers is an established fact. What works for these heritage weaves is that it doesn’t require frills like gimmicky blouses or elaborate draping to make an impact. The intricacy of its craftsmanship is enough. And with the right jewellery, it can be dressed up for a wedding or toned down for a festive season gathering. Handwoven sari trend is having a moment among Tinseltown’s fashion fixtures.  

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Deepika Padukone in Sailash Singhania. Image: Courtesy Instagram

The good old Benarasi is here to stay, and effortlessness devoid of any add-ons punctuates its character. Take cues from Deepika Padukone who has unapologetically embraced Benarasi a number of times; just a single choker and you are sorted. Given the festive season is approaching, Malaika Arora Khan’s classic look of pairing a minimal shawl over the sari with a loose bun defines chic.

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Kangana wearing Swati & Sunaina. Image: Courtesy Instagram

On a lookout for authentic Benarasi? Who better than Kolkata-based Swati and Sunaina who have become refurbished lost techniques weaving and have created exquisite handloom pieces in black and gold; pink and turquoise for the likes of Shilpa Shetty and Kajol. We recommend wearing a completely contrasting blouse to add an extra pop of colour.

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After Benarasi, it’s bandhani that’s having a moment. Take a cue from Alia Bhatt and Janhvi Kapoor in their Bhuj bandhani saris by Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Malhotra respectively. Both chose to wear their weaves with sleeveless blouses (Bhatt in a matching bandhani one and Kapoor in a velvet pick) and traditional jewellery; making it perfect for a family wedding.

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From linen and silk to Benarasi and kanjeevaram; think of the handwoven sari trend and you can count on Kangana Ranaut to serves many looks, a mix of colour-blocked, ivory or black sari, worn with kundan jewellery more often than not. For restrained elegance, do like Taapsee Pannu and choose a Paithani weave with a full-sleeved blouse for an evening soiree. Dia Mirza in Payal Khandwala, on the other hand, presents a master class in giving a traditional weave a modern spin via a play on stripes. Another way to add present-day relevance to a handwoven sari? Throw on a trench coat like Karisma Kapoor in Raw Mango.

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Praachi Raniwala

Raniwala is a freelance fashion, luxury and travel journalist, and a brand consultant. She has a degree in fashion and lifestyle journalism from London College of Fashion, and previously worked as a features writer at L’Officiel India. You can now find her words in Vogue and Condé Nast Traveller among other publications. The writer is based in Mumbai, but her heart belongs to London.