Most lace saris you will find are frankly “fake.” Authentic lace is handmade of pure silk and sometimes linen. Chantilly lace is a handmade bobbin lace named after the city of Chantilly in France. This tradition dates back to the 17th century and the most famous laces were introduced in the 18th century.
Chantilly lace is known for its fine ground, outlined pattern; and abundant detail. The best Chantilly laces were always made of silk. Chantilly lace remained popular in the 19th century as well. So what does Chantilly lace have to do with a sari?
French fabric has always played a role in the material used to make saris such as chiffon. A Chantilly lace sari is very rare and hard to find. Imitations are quite common but the original is very delicate, has a smooth silky texture, and hand made of pure silk. These features allow it to be crumpled up and fit in the palm of your hand!
A Chantilly lace sari is very simple and elegant. It doesn’t require much effort other than the usual blouse and petticoat. You won’t even need a fall. Unlike other imitation laces, Chantilly in a sari is basically just six yards of lace and nothing more. The uniqueness of it and ornate pattern are enough in itself to make a statement!
In the sari world, a Chantilly lace sari is like a rare gem. If you do ever get your hands on one be sure not to let it go!
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