India is a nation of customs and ancient traditions, and Navaratri, or the nine-night festival, is one of the most popular, celebrated with great dedication and merriment. Goddess Durga and the many manifestations of the Hindu deity are notably revered during Navratri or nine nights. During this time, the devotees dedicate their time to the nine avatars of Goddess Durga by fasting and praying as it’s considered sacred and brings good luck. The last four days of Navratri are celebrated as Durga Puja in Bengal and a few states in the North East, and the Durga idols are immersed in a nearby river on the fifth day.
Indian Handloom Sarees are the quintessential attire for Navratri celebrations from the morning puja to evening aarti until the visarjan processions. Women during this time are found in inspiring breath-taking weaves which are nicely textured, in fine thread counts, gorgeous patterns and motifs showcased in a rainbow of colors seamlessly incorporated in the modern handloom textiles including preferences in new color shades, saree embellishments, abstract and fancy prints, all without having to sacrifice the spirit of the ethnic quality. The most celebrated sarees around this season are the sheer purity of offerings from Mysore, Kanchipuram, Dharmavaram, and Banaras, the glitz of Paithani, Narayanpet, Uppada, Ikats, Chanderi, and Kota silks, Tants from Bengal, soft diaphanous sarees from the North East, fine Lucknowi chikans, smooth Madurai, Kanchi, and Andhra Handloom cotton – Indian handlooms are diverse, and provide the Saree loving women innumerable options to style accordingly.
Considering how auspicious this festival is for the Indians, they also have a particular color according to the rituals and goddesses which are worshipped on that particular day, and the women tend to follow the tradition by adorning themselves on the same tones. For example, Colour yellow is worn on the first day to celebrate the goddess of happiness, purity and power. Paithani Saree with gold zari border with some jewellery would make the right fit for the onset of Navratri. Followed by Green, which is a colour of spiritual knowledge and wisdom dedicated to the Devi Brahmacharini this year. Ikat of Orissa or Pochampalli Ikat in bright green shades can do the work for you.The Goddess Chandraghanta wears a half-moon on her head which is grey in color, which makes the grey colour auspicious for the third day. Grey stands for strength and wisdom. A grey contrasted with maroon Maheshwari would make the right choice for your third day of Navratri. The color gold represents purity, serenity, and prayer, and it is devoted to Goddess Skandmata, Skanda’s mother. The Goddess’s worshippers are fond of the color gold. Handmade Barasi sari in silk in the shades of gold with its beautiful jaal work would be a perfect fit for this day just with some maroon lip shade and some gajra. For the sixth day red is the choice of many women as the Goddess Katyayani who is believed to be a creation of gods in anger, symbolizes colour red for the fierce in her. The gorgeous Red Jamdani Saree would be the epitome of perfection. On the seventh day, the color royal blue is devoted to Maa Kali, which symbolizes peace after violence. Wear a bright Paithani in royal blue with its beautiful weaves to tell a story of our own on the day. On this day, Devi Mahagauri is revered as the granter of all desires. Pink is a color that represents optimism, fresh beginnings, and prosperity, and you may wear it to show your devotion to the goddess. A Bandhni Lehenga with a blouse would do the job for you this day just with subtle makeup and beautiful earrings to go with it. On the last day of Navaratri, Goddess Siddhidatri is honored as the goddess of wisdom. Purple is the color of ambition and strength, and it is devoted to the goddess Siddhidatri. Wear a purple Chanderi to complete your Navratri season, looking stunning.
For all devotees, the puja is a celebration of their own inner divine femininity and their individualistic style. Handlooms from the four corners of India, from the 21 states of the nation, contribute to India’s cultural legacy with a breath-taking diversity and healthy mix of kinds and styles of weaving that showcase the ethos and culture of a land steeped in tradition. Navratri is a magnificent exhibition of exquisite skills and workmanship that has elevated the saree from basic traditional cloth to a fashion statement. No matter which saree you choose from the plethora of Indian Handloom Textiles, you would only look gorgeous in each of these beautiful textiles.