India’s love affair with textile fabrics of all form has been evident. In fact wrapping around nine yards of fabric too is a style statement that only Indians have mastered. But strutting around in a rich, shiny fabric is every style-concious woman’s dream come true especially if you’ve got an array of options to choose from. In fact every Indian state has its own variety of cloth that is famous for its make and feel. And if you are all set to take off on a country-wide tour (or are dreaming of one) of this magnificent cultural hub, here’s a hands-on guide on all the textiles you should pick to add to your collection and feel like a diva.

Paithani brocade from Maharashtra

paithani Paithani weaves come from the town of Painthan where the art generated. Pretty looking rainbow colours are weaved together with fine silk and zari giving birth to a royal-looking and shiny fabric that’s expensive and exquisite. The weaving process takes long thus limiting production and maintaining exclusivity. So investing in this fabric will guarantee you’ve got yourself something worthwhile.

Tussar silk from Jharkhand /Bihar

Tussar silk A rich fabric that’s valued for its texture, Tussar silk is produced in large quantities in India making it the second largest producers of the fabric in the world. For this fabric the silkworms are allowed to leave the cocoon that is then boiled to soften the silk. Extensively used in making clothes, tussar gives a rich look that is admirable making it a must buy.

Mangalagiri cottons from Andhra Pradesh

mangala Mangalagiri is a town in Andhra Pradesh that is famous for handicraft weaving that makes mangalagiri cottons. This is a special type of weaved cotton that then undergoes the process of dying to make beautiful designs. When worn the mangalagiri cotton promises to make you stand-out from the crowd.

Kosa silk from Chhattisgarh

Kosa A variety of tussar silk, Kosa silk is produced only in India and is famous for its soft texture and purity. You will find them mostly in earthy colours such as pale golden, honey hue, dull cream and the likes. The original colour of kosa silk is dull golden which is then dyed with natural colourants such as flowers to get a final product which too has a deep earthy hue. Producing Kosa silk requires a tedious process and a single Kosa sari may take approximately 4-6 days to produce, it is high priced but other mixed varieties are available too.

Pashmina from Jammu and Kashmir

pashmina A fine type cloth made from woven wool of the Changthanga sheep found in the northern regions of India, Pashmina is world famous for its soft texture. Pashmina fabric usually has embroidery on it and doesn’t hurt the skin. Often found as shawls, scarves and stoles this fabric is extremely popular in the Jammu & Kashmir region of India and is often a tourist takeaway.

Mulberry silk from Karnataka

mukberry One of the most exquisite silk produced in India is the Mulberry Silk which is produced in large number in Karnataka. The rearing of mulberry silk involves an excruciating process that has the cocoons feed on mulberry leaves in controlled temperatures. The shine and fluidity of mulberry silk is desirable and gives an edge to any outfit.

Bomkai handloom from Orissa

bomkaii The intricate thread work that is weaved in to make this beautiful looking fabric is rare craftsmanship. You’ll see various attractive designs created with bright colours that liven up the cloth and give a gorgeous effect. Bomkai handloom is often used for saris that have borders and contrasting colour designs that make it as exquisite buy.

Patola Weave from Gujarat

patola weave Patola resembles the popular ikat fabric but is a weaving that involves printing and is an art that slowly diminishing. In fact the process is traditional and isn’t taught to everyone. The fabric is available in wonderful designs with a silky texture that are sure to bring a bright smile on all fashion lovers faces.   Image courtesy: Pinterest