The sari is one of India’s oldest surviving garments, with its roots dating back to 2800 to 1800 B.C. This classic Indian nine-yard attire has passed the test of time, undergoing a makeover for every generation, but never losing its relevance in the process. As the new-age Indian bride feels the affinity to go back to her roots, this time-honored drape is winning her favor. Its versatility is evident in the fact that it can be just as fitting for the wedding day as it can be for the pre-wedding festivities or trousseau.
“In the past, a certain degree of homogeneity had set into the Indian bridal scene. The mood is definitely one of change now,” says designer K. H. Radharaman. “The sari has made a stunning comeback in the minds of the next generation of brides. They are looking to own a piece of history and a true heirloom that can be passed on to the next generation.”
Meet the Expert
K. H. Radharaman is the creative director of ADVAYA and founder and CEO of The House of Angadi. Both brands are steeped in innovating Indian heritage weaves.
The bridal look for the main day has always been a toss-up between the sari and the lehenga, but following the intimate wedding trend popularized by the pandemic, the sari has become favorable. Radharaman believes that brides are more prone to experimentation now—not just with their outfits, but with other elements of the wedding as well. So while classic heritage weaves are an enduring favorite, so are “handwoven saris with a contemporary twist and a new design language.”
What are the sari styles that the bride of today can opt for? And how can brides modernize their looks? With the help of Radharaman, we bring you the most current wedding sari trends below.