Popular for its lightweight and versatile appeal, Linen is always on the top list when you search for everyday use fabric. Derived from flax plant fibers it is counted as the oldest textiles of the world.And when it comes to Linen sarees, it has found its immense popularity in women of every age group.Linen sarees are created by combining linen fabrics with cotton, silk or khadi.
Though it takes a lot of time and effort to manufacture each piece but, the end product is worth the hard work. Linen sarees are extremely soft and absorbant. Making it an ideal fashion statement for the summer heat. Providing an impeccable freshness to your everyday look.We bring you a wide variety of silk-blend, cotton-blend and pure linen sarees online.
Block printing on linen sarees
Inspire from the beauty of everyday joy, Chidiyaa amalgam the beautiful block design in the comfort drapes of Linen sarees. Linen as a base blends gracefully with different patterns and motifs, adding more aesthetics to your look. We present a variety of block designed linen sarees to adore your everyday style statement followed by a wide range of blouses to complete the whole look for you.
Evolution of Linen Sarees in India. What was the need and how is it changing the world of Sarees?
Nowadays, Linen fabric is widely popular in the fashion industry. It is made of fibres acquired from the flax plant, also known as linseed. Linen owes its high demand to qualities like durability, sturdiness, high absorption and flexibility. So, how did it actually evolve in India? And, what led to the tremendous increase in the demand for Linen Sarees? You are about to find out!
Evolution of Linen Sarees in India
Linen Textiles are some of the oldest fabrics known to mankind. Their history dates back to thousands of years to Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. Linen has also been mentioned many times in ancient Indian holy books likes the Vedas, Puranas and Upanishads. It has been known to be used in India even before cotton. In the eighteenth century, the Linen industry flourished in the continents of Europe and America during the Industrial Revolution. Eventually, the fabric became popular in England and it was introduced in India during the British rule. In those days, it was only worn by the wealthy British segment of the population. Soon, the production of the fabric was moved to India to cater to their needs. In the 1970s, only a meagre 5% of Linen production was used for fashion garments. But by the 1990s, the fashion industry started using a whopping 70% of the linen produced. Kochi in Kerala is the leading producer and exporter of Linen in India.
Current political leaders like Narendra Modi and many Bollywood actors and influencers have exponentially contributed to the popularity of Linen in India in the last few years. Linen sarees are the garment of choice for most women as they look classic yet trendy, with very little maintenance. There is a lot of innovation to be seen in the making of Linen sarees in the recent years, as they are being blended with different materials and embedded with different designs and motifs. Linen sarees are still evolving owing to continuous technological advancements and changing fashion trends in the Indian market.
What was the need and how is it changing the world of sarees?
Linen is a versatile fabric that is suitable for all seasons. It is best suited for formal as well as informal occasions. The rough and natural look of linen makes it aesthetically more appealing and all colours stand out nicely on it. Compared to its cotton counterpart, linen is heavier and stronger. Linen is known to be better than cotton for summer heat owing to its smooth texture, soft touch and high absorptivity keeping the body cool and comfortable at all times. It can also be made suitable for winter by making it heavier with some wart-weft tricks. Linen fibres require lower thread count for higher quality and durability as they are thicker than cotton fibres. Hence, there is a significant need that led to the vast popularity of linen in the Indian textile industry at present.
Linen sarees exuberate simplicity, elegance, comfort and beauty. Plus, they are eco-friendly and clearly showcase the smoothness and richness of the fabric at first look. Linen readily blends with Jamdani, Cotton and Zari, thus making it the preferred fabric choice by most saree manufacturers. The cost of a linen saree usually varies from 5,000 to 15,000/- in India, depending on its quality, design and uniqueness. Every saree shop in a big city in India is known to sell linen sarees.
Thus, Linen sarees are taking over the saree market in India at a rapid pace and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they surpass cotton someday in doing so!
Chidiyaa Linen Sarees
Chidiyaa has an eclectic collection of Linen sarees ranging from handwoven linen Jamdani sarees to linen zari sarees to pure linen sarees, with a myriad of colours and designs to choose from. These sarees are handwoven by skilled women artisans from West Bengal, who each have a weaving mill in the porch of their home. These women take care of their children as well as craft these beautiful sarees that can take up to three long months to complete. Chidiyaa handwoven linen sarees are unique pieces of the rich heritage and culture residing in villages across India!
Why are linen sarees getting so much popularity now-a-days?
Linen is an eco-friendly, smooth and rich fabric manufactured from the flax plant. Linen sarees are a personification of unparalleled beauty, pure comfort and endless elegance. Ruling right next to its cotton and silk counterparts, they are versatile and owe their popularity to a lot of reasons. Today, we will be highlighting most of them.
Suitability for all seasons: Linen is known to be better than cotton for the summer heat due to its smooth texture, soft touch and high absorptivity keeping the body cool and comfortable at all times. It is the ideal companion for hot summer days. It can also be made suitable for winter by making it heavier with some wart-weft tricks.
Easy to Style: Linen sarees are all for experimenting and trying out different looks. They look good with embroidered as well as designer blouses. As they are not heavily adorned with embroidery, they can be easily draped and provide a stylish appeal. They can be further styled with different kinds of jewellery and belts.
Best choice for all occasions: Linen is the perfect base for all kinds of patterns and prints. Be it a traditional get-together or a casual outing, a linen saree stands out due to its subtle elegance and alluring comfort. It is the best choice for office wear too, as it can go quite well with a formal watch and black sandals or belly shoes.
Less Maintenance: Linen sarees are suitable for machine wash as well as dry cleaning and they tend to become softer with every wash! They don’t get easily crumpled and are quite durable for long use. They can be ironed to remove the creases, that are seldom found.
A wider range of thread counts: Handwoven linen sarees can be spun into a wider range of thread counts. A coarser count provides a heavier fabric and a finer count gives a softer fabric. The thread count plays a prominent role in determining the texture of the linen saree.
Aesthetic appeal and best fit: Linen fabric has impressive fluidity and it perfectly drapes around a woman’s curves. It is suitable for all body types. Having a fabulous fall and fit, linen sarees are quite aesthetically pleasing. Their rough, natural look with minimal accessories is a definite showstopper.
Flexibility in Design: While there are many standard ways of designing a linen saree, there are a lot of possibilities to explore when it comes to adorning them with unique and attractive patterns and colours. They can be easily mixed with different materials like cotton and silk. The inherent raw and classic beauty of a linen saree stands out in vibrant as well as subtle colours.
Chidiyaa Handwoven Linen Sarees
At Chidiyaa, you will come across a wide range of premium handcrafted pure linen sarees along with linen sarees blended with Zari, silk and cotton. We also have an incredible selection of designer linen sarees embellished with elegant motifs and block prints inspired from the little joys of everyday life. These sarees are the product of months of dedicated craftsmanship of artisans residing across the villages in India. They are woven with a time-tested handweaving technique that requires utmost skill, precision and rhythm on the loom with a discontinuous weft process. These sarees are very time-consuming to manufacture but the end product is quite worth the effort. Our linen sarees have a sublime allure and are available in all your favourite colours and trendy designs. Being a perfect blend of tradition and modern-day style, these sarees are the ideal companions for every important occasion of your life. Chidiyaa’s love for Linen sarees is a timeless saga of glorious authenticity and sophisticated grace!
What is special about Chidiyaa Linen Saree?
At Chidiyaa, we firmly believe that style is a form of self-expression. We thrive on our passion for arts and crafts. Our every design is carefully thought of, systematically planned and meticulously crafted. Chidiyaa sarees are a symbol of the rich heritage and culture residing in the villages across India and they have an authentic traditional appeal as well as a modern stylish allure.
Chidiyaa linen sarees are a legacy on their own. We have a wide range of linen sarees ranging from silk-blends, cotton-blends and pure linen sarees along with hand-block printed linen sarees, with prints inspired from the little joys of everyday life and nature, available in pastel as well as vibrant shades. Our sarees are admired by women from every age group as they are extremely soft and absorbent, making them an ideal choice for the hot summer days. These sarees look impeccably raw and refreshing embodying timeless sophistication and grace.
The Making – Phulia, Bengal
The journey of our linen sarees starts in the small town of Phulia in Bengal, which is popularly known as the centre of excellence in handweaving. It is home to thousands of skilled weavers who migrated here from Bangladesh after the partition. These weavers established their own handlooms which are built by making the frame above a pit dug into the ground. Our linen sarees are hand spun on these looms by a cluster of weavers. They specialise in intricate and complex weaving techniques like Jamdani, whose designs are based on the Tangail saree culture from their hometowns. First, the yarn for the sarees is authentically hand-dyed, by soaking, by the expert workers. Next, the long and arduous task of hand spinning begins, which can take up to a month to complete, depending on the type of saree. The spinning process plays a prominent role in the final quality and look of the linen saree.
The Beautification – Kutch, Gujarat
The hand spun linen sarees from Phulia in Bengal travel to Kutch in Gujarat where they are further adorned with beautiful block prints. The skilful and intricately patterned Ajrakh block prints were introduced in Ajrakhpur, Kutch, about four centuries ago. The artisans residing here have kept this traditional craft alive with a lot of enthusiasm. Ajrakh printing consists of complex geometrical patterns inspired from the breath-taking forms of Islamic architecture. The dyes for the prints are made from natural ingredients.
The process of hand-block printing begins by stretching and pinning the hand spun linen saree on a table. Next, the workers spread the cloth and the wooden block with designs engraved into it is dipped into the coloured dye container. The block is hit on the cloth with a whack so that the design gets printed uniformly. This process is repeated a number of times till the design is printed throughout the saree. Then the saree is allowed to dry in the sun. Once dried, the sarees are carefully packed and shipped to our office!
The Final Step - Delivery
Once the sarees reach our office, they are sorted according to their respective categories and stored in different boxes for easy identification. When we receive an order for a particular saree, we take it out of its respective box and carefully wrap it up in a two-layer packaging. And then, a beautiful piece that has journeyed across the breadth of the country and which carries the essence of authentic Indian culture as well as modern-day contemporary style, gets delivered to your doorstep!
Latest Linen Saree Drapes
Linen sarees are the graceful rulers of the world of vogue these days. Women of all ages love these soft, airy and light-weight sarees. Their raw and authentic look adds a subtle charm to the beauty of a modern woman. Linen saree is the most popular choice during summers given its remarkable qualities of sweat absorption and skin-friendliness. Linen fabric is also quite strong and durable which makes for an excellent quality saree.
Linen sarees are very flexible and flowy and can be draped in many different ways. Today, we will be sharing the latest linen saree draping styles with you.
Pant Style Draping: This style is as easy as it sounds! All you have to do is replace your petticoat with a pant and drape your linen saree around it. This draping style provides a modern look and is very comfortable to carry as well.
Belt-style Draping: This one is quite the head turner! For this look, you will have to drape your linen saree the regular way and just add a belt at the waist that cinches the pallu giving you an ultra-chic and sophisticated look.
Neck-drape Style Draping: One of the easiest and fun ways of draping a linen saree! Start with wrapping the linen saree pallu around your neck like a scarf, keeping the length longer. This drape will definitely make you stand out from the crowd.
Front-pallu Style Draping: Now, this is what we call channelling in the real fashionista within you! To get this look, you just have to carry the linen saree pallu from the back over your right shoulder, instead of carrying it over the left shoulder. You can choose to spread the pleats or not. With this look, you will look like you just walked out of a fashion magazine!
Mermaid Style Draping: Ready to exuberate them fairy tale vibes? For this, tuck the saree from the left and wrap a complete round around the waist. There should be generally around 5 to 6 pleats of 4 inches and bring the end part of the pallu at the front side holding it tightly at the pleats corner. Last, pull the pallu corner, bring it tightly to the front and slay like the showstopper you were born to be!
Mumtaz Style Draping: Ready for some retro fun? For this look, all you have to do is drape the saree firmly around the waist several times. This style is timelessly elegant and highlights your body beautifully.
Wrist Wrap Draping Style: Now, this is something cool to try out! For this style, instead of holding the pallu over the shoulder, you just have to wrap it around your left wrist. This look itself is an excellent fashion statement.
Chidiyaa has a wide range of premium linen sarees with ultra-comfortable drapes. Our handwoven linen sarees are manufactured ethically in an environment conscious way in the villages across India. They are available as silk-blends, cotton-blends and pure linen sarees in modern silhouettes with subtle pastel as well as flamboyant vivid hues. Checkout our exquisite selection of linen sarees and enjoy styling them in different drapes!