Handwork on sarees is done on both traditional sarees and trendy new sarees. Embroidered saree displays such handwork. These handworks include resham, chikankari and other thread works, bead, stone, kundan, glass and mirror works. However sequins are very common in most of the embroidery works. Tie and dye methods in Bandhej sarees involve a lot of strenuous handwork. These handworks are done as a home based cottage industry from women all over India. Party wear sarees are focused upon when handwork is done on sarees.
Handwork on sarees is elaborate on wedding sarees and bridal wear and aims the woman wearing it to feel special. These handworks involve two people namely the designer and the skilled labor. If any one of them is in fault, the whole saree gets affected. The designer is expected to use his experience and textile knowledge while he felts a design and maintains balance of elements in it. The designers job would go futile if the skilled labor is careless in his dexterity. Thus an embroidered saree glitters with grace owing to its handwork.
One could spot handwork on sarees through online sites and access the desired colour and works in few clicks of the mouse. Even a simple chikankari thread work makes a wide difference on a plain saree and enhances its elegance. Resham is another embroidery form which is slightly elaborate than chikankari and uses same colour or contrast threads of single or more than two colour threads in the handwork. Some designs are self woven through the weavers skill.