More often than not, traditional weaves owe their existence and evolution to the pantheon of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The stories of Radha and Krishna inspired Madhubani art and Patachitra paintings. The white and red sari worn by Bengali women during Durga Puja is an ode to the Mother Goddess. A large array of ethnic saris comes with prominent temple borders, clearly taking off from temple architecture. The Kanchipuram saris are still woven in the temple town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. Even the much-revered Tirthankars of the Jain community have left their stamp on India’s ethnic wear. Steeped in spirituality, the country has a lot to thank the gods for.