Fabric can be described as different types of material naturally or artificially created to make Indian Apparel. These materials are dyed to obtain vibrant colors. There are various types of fabrics available in market. Each fabric is unique in its own way, below are descriptions of the types of fabrics most commonly used to create a Saree, Salwar, Anarkali, Kurti, or Lehenga:
Pure Georgette/Faux Georgette: Georgette is a sheer lightweight fabric, often made of silk or from such manufactured fibers as polyester with a crepe surface.
Pure Crepe/Faux Crepe: Crepe is a silk, wool, or polyester fabric of a gauzy texture, having a peculiar crisp or crimpy appearance.
Net: An openwork fabric made of threads or cords that are woven or knotted together at regular intervals.
Tissue: A fine transparent silk, used for veils, etc.; specifically, cloth interwoven with gold or silver threads, or embossed with figures.
Chiffon: A fabric of sheer silk or rayon.This is a very light weight fabric and brings a feminine touch to the garment.
Silk/Art Silk/Raw Silk: Silk is a natural protein fiber,out of it various form one can be woven into textiles.The shimmering effect makes it fall apart from other fabrics.Silk can be further classified into other forms.
Cotton: Cotton is a natural crop that is transformed into various forms out of which one is textiles. Cotton is a very soft fabric used in Sarees for daily wear.
Velvet: Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, giving it a distinctive feel.
Brocade: Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks. It gives a very rich and classy look.
Jacquard: Jacquard is simply a mixture of different fabrics with brocade.
Brasso: Brasso is a kind of art work created on sarees of various materials by embossing design with satin patch work.
Multi-Fabric: A saree blended with more than two types of material in order to create a different style is called a multi-Fabric
Kota/Super net: Kota is a form of cotton which is very light and airy. It is perfect summer wear.
Satin: Satin is a weave that typically has a glossy surface. A satin-woven fabric tends to have a high luster due to the high number of floats on the fabric
Buttas: Buttas are motifs that have been stitched and embroidered over an area of fabric.
Kali Style/Lengha Skirt Saree: A Kali Style/Legnha Skirt Saree is a ready to wear saree which doesn’t require any pleating of the skirt. The skirt usually has paneling which is embellished with different types of bhutas adorned with velvet or stones, etc.
Ombre: is a dying technique where color is graduated and shows through different shades and tones of the color.