Silk sarees are one of the most sought after garments by Indian women. With innovations in the textile industry, these days we have a lot of variants of the fabric woven using different warp and weft combinations as well as silk blended with different fabrics to make varieties of material and catering to the ever-growing demand for new fabrics.
What is Taffeta?
The Persian word means ‘twisted woven’ and describes a smooth and crisp fabric woven from silk. This high-end flowing fabric is used to make flowing outfits like evening gowns and in India it is widely used in heavy suits and party-wear sarees. In present times, most of the raw silk taffeta is produced in India and Pakistan. In India, Bangalore is the main hub for producing this fabric. Taffeta made from silk is used for affluent designer collections while a cheaper variant of the fabric made from rayon and other synthetic fibers is used commercially. It is a tightly woven material made with high-twist filament yarns, where the weft and warp have almost equal counts giving a microscopic checkerboard look to the fabric.
Flaunting a Taffeta Saree:
As a patron of flowing silk drapes, you may want to possess a couple of taffeta silk saris for those adhoc parties and family weddings. Being one the richest and most superior fabrics, saris made from taffeta silk look iridescent and glossy and have an appeal of affluence. The fabric can range from crisp to smooth and does not get creased easily hence the draping style of your saree should not involve many folds. The pallu of such saris looks best when left hanging over the arm. Taffeta saris made with softer hues like purple, silvery grey or icy blue would be a contemporary and sensual pick for an evening party. For daytime, you can opt for warmer shades of orange, pink and golden to complement the iridescence of the fabric.
Maintenance and Care:
Always get your taffeta sari dry cleaned and do not fold it much. Keep it for drying by loosely putting it over a well-padded cloth hangar in the shade. Avoid using pins and needles to secure any folds and do not press the fabric much as that may cause glazing.