Traditional Saree Blouse

Photograph Collage of women from different era in Saree 

 What Does Traditional Saree Mean To The Current Generation?
Saree is undoubtedly one of the few pieces of unstitched garments which survived throughout history and still successfully striving in the present 21st millennium. With the advent of myriad fabrics in the past few decades, the 6 yards long garment called saree, has undergone drastic changes too. There was once a time when sarees were only made of cotton and came in very basic earthly colours dyed with natural colours. Even though traditionally sarees were made of cotton, nowadays when one thinks about traditional sarees, it is the silk katan sarees and benarasi sarees that come to mind. And the original traditional saree which is the cotton saree is referred to as the go-to saree when thinking of pulling off a Bengali look or artsy look.

Photographs of beautiful traditional sarees:

Catherine Tresa looking Serenely Beautiful in rust red saree with zari work all over
Picture of a very beautiful parrot green saree
Maroon and gold sari
Rust red and gold saree
As the genre of silk based sarees are deemed to qualify as traditional sarees, these silk katan sarees, benarasi sarees, kanjivaran sarees, south Indian sarees are worn whenever traditional attire is required to be worn by the women of India, Bangladesh, Srilanka and Pakistan. The saree has evolved in colour and pattern and design through time but one thing remained constant, its unstitched length.

What Types Of Blouse Should Be Worn With Traditional Sarees Like Katan And Benarasi?

Although the blouse itself was not part of the origins of saree as sarees were for thousands of years worn without any blouse or petticoat, the modern era and proper decorum required for the invention of blouse. Now blouse plays a major role in enhancing the beauty and entire look of the person wearing the saree. Saree blouses are picked and designed with much thought, as it should be.
So what type of blouse looks best with katan sarees or any other traditional sarees is the question on many women’s minds. The core of the matter is whether the lady wants to adhere to the traditional look or give a twist to the look. Both are possible and both can be sophisticated. 
Traditional Look for Katan Saree:
The prim and proper which is the classic look to go for when considering wearing any silk type saree is to go for arm hugging three quarter blouse which ends right between the elbow joint as the Indian actress Rekha used to wear in her days. With this fetching length of blouse sleeve either deep and wide blouse necks at the back can be worn or even sterner looking high collared blouse at the back. To achieve the classic traditional look in saree three quarter sleeve of any length looks great. 

Red and white traditional saree with deep red blouse
Rani Mukherjee in perfect three quarter length sleeved saree blouse in offwhite and gold

Photograph of beautiful deep pink silk saree with gold thick zari border

Kangana looking stunning in traditional emerald green katan saree with black blouse having three quarter sleeves
Bridal Hot pink and green Banarasi Katan saree with three quarter sleeves
Alternatively, these traditional katan sarees can be paired with a very retro and sexy style of blouse which is the magi sleeved (cap sleeve) boat neck sari blouse of the 1960s. Boat neck tops can also be worn with sleeveless blouse.   

Gold Satin Sari Blouse
Sophisticated Black Saree with sleeveless black blouse with boat neckline

Boat Neck Sarie blouse
Modern Twist To The Traditional Look:
I keep saying how versatile saree is and every time I am pleasantly surprised by the different styles in which sari blouse can be worn. Sarees like katan saree, benarasi, kanjivaram, etc. can all be worn with very modern and sexy blouses too. These saris can be paired with a very sophisticated sleeveless blouse with a deep round or square neckline. 

Rani Mukherjee wearing Orange benarasi sari with silver zari work paired with gold sleevele blouse

Sophisticated Ivory Uppada Silk Saree with hot sleeveless blouse
Sexy sleeveless saree blouse with purple and magenta katan saree
Retro Picture of woman in saree with sleeveless blouse

Old Bollywood Sharimila Tagore in Black Saree with Sleeveless Blouse

Such sarees can also be worn with fully backless blouses with just a single or multiple strings tying the blouse at the back. If one wants to wear backless blouse it looks sexier if the sleeves are three quarter or even full sleeves as it looks more sophisticated to show some skin and cover some at other parts of the body.
Many ladies like to wear the saree with short 4 to 5 inch length sleeves but I personally find that look to be too basic to stand out. If one wants to wear the traditional saree it is better to do something extraordinary with the blouse design and style.   
Halter neck sari blouse or spaghetti strap saree blouse styles are also options when it comes to wearing traditional sarees but I personally find that it’s trying to blend two very different genres of look together. Halter neck or spaghetti strap blouses look best with light weight sarees like chiffon or Italian silk sarees. 
If the lady wants to go for a youthful and cute look when wearing benarasi or katan or kanjivran silk saree, wearing the goti sleeve which is also called the puffed sleeve or gathered sleeve is a very great choice to attain that look. Find below photographs of saree blouse with goti sleeves (puffed sleeves).
Beautiful Sky Blue Katan Benarasi saree with puffed sleeved sari blouj
Green and Red Katan Saree with Goti sleeves / Puffed sleeves

Wearing traditional sarees with a simple blouse with short 4 to 5 inch length sleeves is also a very good combination. The sleeves can always be embellished to accentuate. Sometimes simplicity is the most sophisticated.   

Gorgeous Magenta Katan Saree Blouse with Short 4 inch sleeves
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  1. Vesy nice collection of silk sarees. Like to see more online Indian silk sarees.

  2. Yes, planning my daughters wedding. Please send detsils


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