Designer Sarees

There's a certain indescribable joy in shopping for ethnic clothes. The delectable colors, magnificent designs, a plethora of gorgeous fabrics - they all make it a delightful experience. The diversity of Indian fashion greatly adds on to this experience. Sarees, lehengas, anarkalis - there's so much to browse and choose from. Pure Elegance carefully handpicks a sublime selection that aims to bring you the best of all the above. The options are galore when it comes to colors, styles, silhouettes and more. We strive to cater to, and satiate every ethnic style palette.
Sarees are one of the most popular garments in Indian fashion and it's not hard to see why. With an air of effortless elegance, they exude a fluid charm and flatter all body types. Typically measuring between five to nine yards, they are draped around by the wearer and don't commonly come in a ready made drape. The body of the style is tied at around at the waist and the end bit of the sari, known as the pallu, is usually brought across the chest and over the shoulder. Since the pallu is often the most visible and free part of the saree, it is commonly decorated with dazzling patterns and designs. A traditional Indian saree is worn with a blouse on top and a petticoat underneath the sari. Many regions in India have their own draping styles, however, the most popular one is the 'Nivi style' from the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Sarees are incredibly versatile and can be worn from the office, to the dinner after, to of course, elaborate festive occasions and weddings. Walk into the Monday morning meeting in a grey khaddi saree if you're looking to impress with ethnic simplicity. A lime green chiffon sari is a lovely choice for a casual luncheon. When the family dinner parties beckon, a floral linen saree is sure to have you looking sublime.  For weddings zari woven sarees or embellished sarees in hues of red, orange or pink are perfect picks. 
The styles of saris can be broadly divided into three - handloom woven sarees, embroidered and embellished sarees and printed sarees. Woven sarees are classic choices that are usually made in silk and cotton fabrics. Evergreen and widely loved, they can never go out of style. Embroidered and embellished sarees are great for times you want to take it up a notch. Plain thread embroidery is great for simpler occasions while sarees with kundan work, mirror work, and embroidery in golden or silver thread works best for grand occasions like weddings. If bold is your preference but you do want to keep it light, a printed saree is just what you should be reaching out to.
When it comes to saris, there are certain styles that are wardrobe essentials. A vibrant Banarasi sari, a resplendent kanjivaram silk saree, a charming georgette saree - they are all eternally alluring. When you look to buy sarees online in the USA, you'll find a wide variety of all these at our Indian wear store - Pure Elegance.
A fashion designer saree is a beautiful way to express one's self. The fabrics and the colors speak volumes when one adorns a saree. Turn your vintage style dreams into reality with a crisp cotton ikkat saree. Keep it fun and endearing in a neon shaded georgette saree with a mirror work border. Channel your inner queen in a regal, purple kanchipuram silk sari. Keep it refreshingly easy breezy in a blue linen saree. Want the best of royal charm but don't want to don something too heavy? Choose a tussar silk sari with a floral pattern that is sure to have you standing stylishly tall. For occasions when you want to go one hundred percent glam, work up a stunning look in a net saree with lace work. 
Patterns and designs too, add to the vibe of a saree. Stripes, chevron lines and geometric patterns can bring in a touch of modern aesthetics to a sari. Ikkat patterns lend a saree a rustic, ethnic vintage feel. Traditional motifs and paisley designs have an evergreen charm to them and add on to the ethnic aesthetics of a saree. Florals are always delightful and can instantly light up a room.
When you look to buy sarees online in the USA, visiting our aisles of Pure Elegance sarees is a must-do! Sophisticated and modish styles meet premium quality in our spectacular line of fashion designer sarees from India. What's better? We also have a store in Edison, New Jersey. So be it online or at our physical store, it's time to shop away, your way!

Everything you need to know about tissue fabric

The word "tissue" has been derived from the old French word "tissu," meaning "woven fabric." The name is because they are fragile and gauze-like, which lend it the appearance and texture of tissue paper.

 Women have favored tissue fabric for many years due to their luster, excellent finish, and inexpensiveness. It also drapes beautifully along the body, which gives it a petite and feminine frame.

Since tissue is a thin, gauze-like fabric, it is woven out of many fibers, among which tissue silk is one of the famous varieties. It can either be created with silk or any human-made thread.

Today, most designers use the ideas from cities like Uppada, Kota, or Banaras to create a tissue saree. However, you can choose to carry plain tissue sarees if you want to add your aesthetics into your outfit with the help of accessories or pieces of jewelry.


Types of tissue sarees 

The tissue is known for its transparent look, metallic shine, and shininess. The fabric is carefully interwoven with gold or silver threads, decorated with intricate figures, and displayed in vibrant colors. Due to these precise details required for the material, tissue sarees are usually 100 % handwoven. They can have slight irregularities due to human participation. However, since it is entirely handwoven, every design of the fabric is unique, exclusive, and hence one of a kind.

  • Tissue Silk: Tissue silk has an open weave, and the metallic threads are woven in one direction. In contrast, the colored silk threads are spun in the reverse direction, giving it an attractive shimmering effect and a metallic glazeTissue silk is used to make screens, garments, and even home furnishing items.   

Tissue silk can be light or heavyweight fabric, the weight of which depends on the amount of work done on the material. Due to the fabric's lightweight appeal and the complexity of its nature, tissue silk sarees are perfect for formal occasions like weddings and celebrations.

  • Kota Tissue: Kota tissue, also known as Kota Dohria, is a fabric introduced from Kota, in the northern region of Rajasthan. 

The fabric was initially called Masuria as they were woven in Mysore. Rao Kishore Singh, a general in the Mughal army, bought the weavers who created this fabric and transferred them to a small town in Kota, known as Kaithoon. The sarees made from that fabric then grew to be known as Kota-Masuria sarees, later recognized as Kota sarees.

This type of fabric is distinguished from all other variants. It imbibes the tasteful designs of Rajasthan and has an extremely distinctive look. The unique feature is the patterns known as "khats," made of small squares which could be further embellished with needlework or small, glittering stones.

  • Zari tissue: Zari was popularized during the Moghul Era and is popular due to the perfect blend of finely woven silk and zari (gold or silver brocade). Two expert weavers are required to make the fabric entirely handwoven with a method called the "jamdani method" since there are no such manual machines. It takes about two months to weave, depending on the designs. The amount of zari work required makes it harder to create and time-consuming than any normal handloom saree. 

Among all the zari tissue sarees, Uppada tissue sarees are the most popular and usually range around Rs 999- Rs 30,000.

These saris are best known for the designs, superior quality, lightweight, and eye-catching looks. It is impressive for it to be in a woman's closet.

  • Chanderi Tissue: Chanderi is a remarkably sturdy variant of this fabric. It originated from a small town, Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh in India. It is also quite popular being embellished with beautiful zardozi work. It is known for its texture and lightweight. A unique process known as the "degumming of the raw yarn" gives the fabric it's shine and translucency. Only Chanderi Fabric has this exclusive quality making it more desirable among international buyers. Chanderi sarees are also 100% handwoven and usually vegetable-dyed, which might lead to slight irregularities in the color.

  • Banarasi Tissue: Like the glory of Banarasi silk sarees, one of the major variants of this type of sari is the Banarasi tissue sarees. 

The talented artisans of Banaras, a city in Uttar Pradesh in India, use zari threads in the loom and weft along with silk, to add a deep luster to tissue cloth. This fabric has been recommended to be dry cleaned only.


What is unique in tissue fabric?

Since the fabric is usually handmade, some unique features in tissue fabric include fine finishing, shrink protection, excellent tear strength, and exclusive designs. The material is also surprisingly affordable! Tissue fabric is also wrinkle-resistant, which offers incredible draping properties and majestic grace.

The luxurious finish is also added with the fact that it is easy to carry and maintain due to its lightweight, making it ideal for any occasion.


Handling and washing directions

Since the material is extremely delicate, it is recommended to dry clean or hand wash with mild soap to maintain the quality. Fabric is usually dyed using natural or vegetable dyes, which may rub dry or bleed color when it first touches water. Hence, soaking the fabric is highly not advised. It is also recommended to be dried inside out, to maintain the color of the material.


Some Fashion tips

Tissue sarees are usually worn in highly formal or semi-formal social occasions or events, which means that styling is crucial. You can always pair them with traditional Indian jewelry like the Kundan jewelry sets.

High heels like stilettos or platform heels always look more appropriate with sarees. They magnify the flow of the saree and add a lot of pizzazz to the outfit.

You can also match it with stylish Indian handbags like silk pouches or embroidered clutches to add to the ensemble's grace.


Tissue fashion in Bollywood

Actor Deepika Padukone attended Indian Business Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu festival) celebration wearing a gold saree tissue paired with a black high neck blouse, and ethnic jewelry by Bollywood outfits designer, Sabyasachi.

Actor and Bollywood Fashion Icon Sonam Kapoor sported a Cream colored tissue saree at the Loreal Femina Women's awards in 2014.

Actor Rakul Preet Singh also rocked a beige glass tissue silk saree with flower brocade patchwork for a designer photoshoot.


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