Indian saree is accentuated and made exclusive through its designs. These designs may be machine made or through handwork. Hand work designs on sarees are more preferred than machine designs because the former is more accurate, impeccable and aesthetic than the latter. Hand work designs could include thread work, embroidery, block print and other dye forms which make the saree colourful. Such sarees are much in demand by women and teen girls because it fetches compliments and makes them feel special.
Wedding sarees have elaborate embroidery which may have precious stones on them in rare cases. Though hand work designs on sarees are done for party occasions, casual wear sarees also find a hint of hand work on them. Casual sarees have mild handwork like batik, bandhej or chikankari thread work in them. Party Indian saree has hand work in varying density. While party sarees have sequin, bead and stone work in them, bridal sarees or those which are center of attraction in the party have elaborate embroidery and intricate hand work in them.
Hand work designs on sarees need to suit other aspects of the saree like fabric and colour. It would sound absurd to have elaborate embroidery in a cotton saree. Using detailed stone and bead work for a friends birthday is equally silly. Therefore harmony of hand work designs and other elements of the Indian saree are inevitable. Functions like Diwali and Navratri require a splash of colours in their festive wear. At this juncture Bandhej sarees with intricate colour works are considered.