SARIS OF INDIA
For a true display of the beauty of Indian textiles there is little to beat the sari. There are the exquisite 'bandhini (tie-dye) saris from Gujarat or Rajasthan and the striking 'ikats' (woven from tie-dyed threads) of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. Bengal is noted for its 'baluchari', while the South has its Kanjeevaram and Mysore silks.
Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu was a cotton-weaving and trading centre till the 19th century. Then silk from neighbouring Karnataka was introduced here. The rest is history. Today the saris made here are renowned for their lusture and boldly contrasted borders.
Cotton lovers can head to Bengal, home to some of the finest cotton handlooms in India. Choose from 'ddhakai' muslins, 'dhonekhali', 'bishnupuris' and 'tangail'.