The sari has a special history at Ensemble. From sexy georgettes and chiffons by Tarun Tahiliani to the Ensemble Loom line of modern heirlooms and all the draped hybrid concepts Tahiliani invented in between, these six yards are a veritable fashion movement. Trouser sari? Check.
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Six yards of sheer elegance, a sari is commonly acknowledged as the most graceful silhouette in Indian clothing. A sari is worn everyday by millions of Indian women, at home, at office, for poojas and festivities. It is also a staple occasion wear garment for many women, for weddings, sangeets, mehendis, cocktails, engagements, and receptions. From Manish Malhotra’s sexy cocktail sari edit and Tarun Tahiliani’s feminine and glamorous creations to Sabyasachi and Anuradha Vakil’s more traditional variations, every leading Indian designer has their own signature version of the sari. Explore the beauty of textile weaves with Kshitij Jalori’s rich benarasi brocades, Maku’s intricate jamdani motifs, Studio Medium’s shibori dyed saris and Payal Khandwala’s reversible handloom silks. Shop Ensemble’s sari curation at our stores and online.
The merchandising team at Ensemble works closely with designers to ensure the latest, most exclusive and on-trend collection of saris at the best prices, both for our online shop and 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
A traditional piece of Indian clothing, a sari is considered to be one of the oldest existing forms of apparel in the world. The style has evolved tremendously in terms of design, craft, detailing and styling. At Ensemble our sari curation offers the best of the designer’s creations and caters to all occasions and requirements of our clients. Simultaneously, we have launched our own textile movement, #ensembleloom, aimed at providing awareness about the importance of preserving the craft of textile and weaving and maintaining their relevance in our daily culture. Ensemble has collaborated with the following textile designers, Injiri, Maku, Tilla, Label Pratham, Amrich, Studio Medium, Kshitij Jalori, Anavila, Hemang Aggarwal, Payal Khandwala, Shakun and Nadiya Paar. In doing so, Ensemble has actively supported the revival of a number of fledgling textile weaves including jamdani, tangail, maheshwari, brocade and chanderi. Ensemble’s vision is to represent India’s rich cultural heritage through textile and craft on a global platform.
For their classic embroidered sari offering, Ensemble works with designers like Anuradha Vakil, Shantanu Goenka, Itrh, Anjul Bhandari, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Jayanti Reddy, Ashdeen, Dilnaz, Varun Nidhika, Torani and Nakul Sen. These varieties of saris are made from fabrics with a softer feel and withstand heavy embroidery, such as, georgette, chiffon, dupion silk, tulle and net. Embellished with mukaish, badla, mirrors, pearls, resham, gara, zardozi, aari, chikankari, cutdana, and sequins, these saris are very glamorous and rich.
New-age designers have come up with their own contemporary takes on the sari. Alongside these classic heirlooms, the new-age designers and their modern take on traditional saris is an eccentric design offered by Ensemble. Look for bohemian chic options by Payal Singhal, Aikeyah Couture, Abhishek Sharma, Punit Balana, Anushree Reddy, Ritika Mirchandani and Anamika Khanna. The cocktail sari curation by Ensemble with beadwork and stone play of Manish Malhotra, waterfall sequins by Sunaina Khera, wrinkle saris by 431-88, pleated beauties by Kiran Uttam Ghosh and metallic wires by Rimzim Dadu, these designer creations showcase the new-age design language of modern India.
At Ensembleindia.com, one can find a vast variety of exclusive designer saris appropriate for any occasion.
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THE DEFINITION OF A SARI
The emergence of the sari dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization where the sari was considered a piece of cloth draped on the body. Since then, sari has evolved into a wardrobe staple for Indian women and has gone through multiple developments in terms of design, style and aesthetic.Britannica encyclopedia defines a sari (often spelled as saree) as “a principal outer garment of women of the Indian subcontinent, consisting of a piece of often brightly colored, frequently embroidered, silk, cotton, or, in recent years, synthetic cloth five to seven yards long. It is worn wrapped around the body with the end left hanging or used over the head as a hood.” The sari is conventionally worn with a fitted bodice known as a choli and an inner skirt known as a petticoat.
KNOW YOUR SARI TYPE
While the basic silhouette of a sari is standard across India, essentially a five to nine yard piece of cloth, the aesthetic interpretation of a sari in terms of detailing, embroidery and fabric weave are unique to the region. Be it paithani from Maharashtra, chikankari and mukaish saris of Lucknow, kanjeevarams from Tamil Nadu, kasavu of Kerala, kantha from Odisha, taant of Bengal, bandhani from Gujarat, benarasi from Varanasi, pochampally from Telangana or chanderi from Madhya Pradesh, each state has their own version of the sari. Over the years, the sari has taken on new forms which suit modern lifestyle and sensibilities. Contemporary variations of the sari include pre pleated stitched saris, concept saris, half saris, dhoti saris, ruffle saris, lehenga saris and sharara saris.
BEST SARIS FOR AN OCCASION
Join Ensemble in our pursuit to bring back the sari as a part of everyday Indian culture! We recommend a white jamdani Maku sari or navy Injiri sari for a day at the office or an industry seminar. Similarly, you can style an Amrich shibori sari with a jacket for an intimate dinner or charity event. Nadiya Paar, Anavila or Eka’s linen printed saris are great for poojas, work lunch or even a regular day at the office, they can be worn with basic shirts or crop blouses. When styled with a pleated top, Payal Khandwala’s reversible silk sarees will make you look effortlessly stylish for a party, birthday dinner, or art gallery launch. Hemang Aggarwal and Akaaro’s metallic weaves are sartorial choices for festivals, sangeets and more glamorous occasions. Pichwai hand painted saris by Label Pratham are apt for social events, gifting and traditional functions.
For more traditional formal wedding occasions like sangeets, mehendis, receptions, cocktails and engagements we recommend an intricately embroidered chikankari sari by Anjul Bhandari, a marori and bandhani sari by Anuradha Vakil, a benarasi and zardozi sari by Jayanti Reddy, or a patan patola sari by Shantanu Goenka. For a sangeet or cocktail you can’t go wrong with a fully sequin embellished sari by Manish Malhotra or Swarovski encrusted chiffon sari by Tarun Tahiliani. While an Anamika Khanna colourful tribal inspired sari is perfect for a mehendi or wedding day. For lighter festivities, poojas and haldi functions you can opt for a Torani printed or organza sari.
Today, the sari has become a fun and stylish option for the younger generation as well. A neon sari paired with multi-coloured moroccan embroidered blouse by Payal Singhal, a floral organza sari by Anushree Reddy, or an organza cutwork and french knot sari by Aikeya will make you look your boho-chic best! At the same time, Punit Balana’s playful printed saris or Ritka Mirchandani’s tiered ruffle saris are perfect for destination wedding functions.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT SARI
Your occasion and personal style are the two main criteria while selecting the perfect sari. For the younger generation who are experimenting with saris for the first time, opt for a solid coloured chiffon or georgette sari and style it with sexy embroidered choli or sequins crop top. If you are looking at a sari as a garment to invest in or as an heirloom piece, we suggest looking at the following styles which are rich in Indian craftsmanship, from benarasi brocades, patan patolas, kanjivarams, and ek-taar chikankari pieces.
CELEBRITIES IN DESIGNER SARIS
Saris have been historically and are currently worn by all of Bollywood’s leading actresses for festivities, award shows, press events etc.. The famous collaboration between Manish Malhotra and Yash Raj Studios presented the sari in a modern and glamorous avatar. Veteran actresses, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit and Urmila Matondkar and Rekha can be credited with introducing the sari trend amongst domestic audiences. While Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, and Aishwariya Rai have widened the global appeal of the sari at Cannes Film Festival and the Oscars. Some iconic sari looks include Priyanka Chopra’s sexy grey sari in her film, Dostana and Deepika black tiered lehenga sari in Cocktail. Kangana Ranaut, Dia Mirza, Karisma Kapoor are often spotted wearing handloom saris by Maku, Studio Medium and Payal Khandwala.
SHOP DESIGNER WEAR ONLINE AT ENSEMBLEINDIA.COM
For over three decades Ensemble has run stores based on curation, quality, service and trust. We thrive on discovering and promoting new talent and providing them a platform. Almost every top designer in India today has begun their journey with us. With our new online shop, we now hope to bring the Ensemble experience to all cities in India and to our worldwide community.
Shop by designer, by occasion or by category, ensembleindia.com gives you access to the latest designer collections and designer bridal clothing directly from the fashion week runway and ateliers of India’s leading designers. The Ensemble Eye section features the most authoritative curation of luxury Indian fashion by our in-house fashion editors. Create a wishlist at ensembleindia.com for our stylists to understand your style and make a shortlist for you and then book an in-store appointment via the website to try it all on! Our stylists will guide you through a delightful journey of discovering the designers and special pieces that speak to your individual style and work for your body shape and budget. Don’t live in India? Our website help chat and Whatsapp business chat are also active. If speaking on the phone is more your style, use the ‘Speak to a Stylist
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