As far as woven silks are concerned, there are two major categories; hand-woven silk sarees and power loom silk sarees. Both have their pros and cons and are available online as well as brick and mortar retail stores.
What are the major differences between them and why are hand-woven silk sarees so coveted? We delve into these topics in this article.
Hand-woven silk sarees generally tend to be heavier. 3 ply to 4 ply silk is used to weave these sarees which combined with the fact that the weaver uses his skill to make sure the weave is intact, leads to thick and durable fabric. This is why it might take 10 to 20 days for each saree to be woven.
Design and finish
Hand-woven sarees can be made of elaborate and grand designs. This is one of the main features of a hand loom silk saree. There is a reason why banarasi silk sarees, kanjivarams and paithani silks are so coveted. It is because of the intricacy of the weave and the elaborate and rich patterns.
In stark contrast, a power loom silk saree can cost as low as Rs 4,500 and go up to Rs 9,000.
Identifying a hand loom silk saree
Here are simple ways to identify a hand-woven silk saree;
While we sell both hand-woven and power loom sarees, our pure zari Kanjivaram silks are all exclusively hand-woven.