How to Spot Fake Handloom Sarees

It is a world where fast fashion has intruded into the fashion world and the handloom sarees have somehow still held their ground and preserved their elegance in each of their folds. These sarees constitute a large part of the rich cultural heritage of India in more ways than one. The uniqueness that each saree, originating from various parts of India displays come together to make the colorful fabric of the Indian handloom industry. 

However, we have to remember that these are also the times of cheap imitations and we absolutely need to have a clear guide on how to differentiate between the original and the fake, so that the tireless efforts and sincerity of the artisans don’t go in vain.

Here are Some of the Most Effective Ways of Differentiating Between Genuine and Fake Handloom Sarees

Let us look at some quick ways to make sure that the handloom saree you are buying is authentic:

  • The Luster Test

The unique shine of the silk comes from combining various threads. In fact, we have all seen how the colour of the silk saree seems to change when looked at from different angles or perspectives. This happens because the angle of reflection of light on the fabric changes giving an illusion of changing colour. However, if your silk is fake, it will appear to always have a white sheen instead of changing colors from different angles. This is a pretty clear test for authenticity and is called the luster test. 

  • The Weight Test or Ring Test

This is by far the easiest way to identify an authentic handloom saree. It is of course common knowledge that silk sarees soft , smooth and flexible by nature. For this test, you have to make sure that the silk saree you are about to purchase does not feel heavy. If the silk feels light enough, try sliding it through a ring. If you can do it without any resistance, you can be sure that your silk is authentic. 

  • Burn Test

This is one of the more ignored tests and should not be ideally performed on a new or favorite silk saree. Take a loose end of the silk saree and subject it to a flickering flame. Ideally, the smell of burning should be similar to that of burnt hair. The moment you get this smell, you can be sure that your banarasi silk saree is not a fake. 

If the silk is indeed fake, even when the threads burn, there should be no smell of burning hair. The condition for this test is that it is mainly applicable for clothes with 100% zari. Even the tiniest amount of polyester would reveal melting plastic. 

  • The Authentication Certificate

Here is the final and most surefire way to be sure that your handloom saree is not a fake. While buying real handloom sarees, you should ask the seller for an Authentication Certificate, along with the banarasi saree and price. The seller should provide you with a Silk Mark or a Handloom Mark for the authenticity guarantee. 


Handloom sarees continue to rule the wardrobes of saree-lovers all over India, even when battling with tradition and innovation. These sarees are so versatile that you can wear them everywhere starting from informal gatherings to celebratory events. Women, irrespective of their ages choose these sarees every day, thanks to their exquisiteness and also, their sustainable quality. So if you are one of these women, who have a soft spot for handloom sarees, make sure that you are not duped and let these tips and tricks help you to choose your sarees wisely.