A Look At Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget Day Sarees

This year, the Finance Minister wore a resplendent handwoven red ilkal silk saree with Navalagunda embroidery on it.

The saree, from Dharwad, Karnataka, was gifted to her by Pralhad Joshi. Its red colour stands for love, commitment, strength and courage. In Hindu culture, red is linked with Goddess Durga.

While presenting the Budget in 2022, the Finance Minister wore a rust and maroon handloom Bomkai weave with silver thread work in the border.

In 2021, Sitharaman donned a
red and off-white silk
Pochampally sari with ikat
patterns on pallu & paired it with
a matching red blouse.

In 2020, Sitharaman chose a crisp yello-gold silk saree with a blue border and a matching blouse. Her no-bling style was linked with the ‘Aspirational India’ theme of 2020.

In 2019, Sitharaman made a
statement with a bright pink
mangalgiri silk saree with a gold
border. She opted for a
traditional ‘bahi khata’ to wrap
the Budget papers. 

Known for her love for Indian textiles, Sitharaman has always been vocal about promoting handloom saris. 

In 2019, she expressed her love for Indian textiles. 

The Finance Minister had tweeted, "Silk or cotton, Orissa-handloom sarees are one of my favourites- the colour, the weave, the texture, just so good."

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