Fine, light weight cotton saris are the best option to flaunt as day wear or even for some special occasions. The world's major textile fibre is known for its fine, crisp finish that is joy to wear on a hot day. It is weightless and airy, giving the most comfy feel.
Bengal cotton and South cotton is very popular across the globe, as it displays great variety and is also very elegant.
Bengali sarees have typical yet sophisticated patterns with rich gold borders and brighter hues. Florals, checks, stripes, motifs are some of the popular patterns used in Kolkata saree. Bengal sarees were developed about 200 years ago with patterned compartments with repeating pictorial themes ranging from figures or merely conversing and holding floral springs.
Given a chance to any celebrity, not one would leave a possibility to deck themselves up in finest cotton, especially anything designed by mastermind Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
Sabyasachi loves playing with cotton as it has true Indian essence. His design policy is the personalised imperfection of the human hand, and antique and rich cotton textiles have been a lifelong inspiration for the designer.
Sanjay Garg's Raw Mango is not for women who follow fashion trends but for those who wear sophisticated and understated creation that reflects their true personality. Fashion designers like Rohit Bal, Sanchita Julka, Anupama Dayal, Neeta Lulla, Archana Kochhar etc are also into elegant cotton sarees.
Talking about her love towards Bengal cotton, designer Neeta Lulla feels, "No matter which country you belong to, a saree never fails to bring out your inner beauty. It's a fantastic feminine side that every woman has. Every region in India has its own style of saree which makes six yards of elegance. Cotton sarees are something that compliments every occasion. Even many celebrities love wearing them often as it is filled with simplicity and piousness. The well known Orissa's Ikat and Bengal handloom in gorgeous cotton yarn has become very popular even among youngsters."
Kolkata-based designer Sanchita Julka feels, "I could never think of designing if cotton fabric wasn't there! It is very elegant and also one can design anything to any extent with cotton. It gives a comfortable yet rich look, whether worn regularly or for occasions like weddings."
Fashionable celebrities love to keep it simple in cotton all the time. Off late, we have seen stars in elegant cotton sarees. Shabana Azmi has become talk of the town after her Mijwan Fashion Show. She loves keeping it simple all the time in bordered south cotton sarees by Raw Mango. After her film 'Paa', Vidya Balan maintained her loyalty to Sabyasachi sarees. She keeps it bold and beautiful in Sabya's stunning cotton bordered sarees with three-quarter-sleeve blouse. Almost all of Sabya's latest designs come in limelight through Vidya. Her different cotton avatar by Sabyasachi, especially the one in yellow black checkered saree, or the cotton saree with brocade blouse and heavy border or the simple printed blouse with bordered saree etc is to die for.
Vidya shares, "I love cotton sarees, especially whatever Sabya creates. He has given a new meaning to my wardrobe. I really find it glamorous yet simple. Cotton sarees show true Indian essence to the women with a bold and confident feeling."
Just few months back Rani Mukherjee seemed to be inspired by Vidya's Sabyasachi look. We spotted them together for couple of occasions in Sabyasachi's Bengal inspired cotton sarees. The duo even walked the ramp together for Sabya's first ever solo show in Kolkata.
Deepika Padukone too loves sporting cotton sarees in lighter hues like light brown, off-white, white and golden. Born in Kolkata, Sushmita Sen has an eternal love for cotton sarees especially traditional Bengali pad sarees.
Not only fashion industry, political personalities like Sonia Gandhi and Mamta Banerjee are also die hard cotton saree fans.
It is always trendy to keep yourself simple yet stunning in cottons, especially in the hot and humid weather.
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