KNOWING A REAL HANDLOOM SARI
Effie Thomas, founder of the private Facebook group, Gulf Sarees Pact, who has studied India’s textile heritage quite a bit, explains: ‘There are ways to distinguish between authentic silk and synthetic polyester fabric. But the fool-proof way is to burn a single fibre from the cloth. If the thread leaves a plastic-like residue behind, you know you have a sari made of polyester. But a thread that leaves no trace behind is proof that it is of pure silk or cotton fabric.
‘There are aesthetic differences too. If you look carefully, you’ll notice that handloom weaves, though meticulous, are not always even. In fact, that is one of the classic features of handloom; the diminutive difference between each thread.
‘A handloom sari will have minute holes along both sides of its length. These small holes are created when the weavers hock the sari on both sides of the loom. These holes will be absent in a powerloom-made sari.