Come Drape Yourself in the Indian Sari

Ever seen a flowing river gurgling with its waters flowing steeply in full flow? Ever wondered what it takes to have a waterfall flowing down in full force? Ever seen an Indian woman wearing a sari with flowing tresses on her head? The Indian Sari – The epitome of grace and elegance.

This narrow strip of material that is either six meters or nine meters long is a daily garb of many women in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Burma. Besides some of the Bhutanese and the Malaysians are also seen wearing the sari. The sari is normally worn by wrapping it around the waist with one end being put over the shoulder. The beauty and grace of wearing the sari lies on exposing the midriff to the right limit.

Normally worn after wearing the petticoat, which is a long skirt, the sari is worn by wearing this over the petticoat. There is a small blouse that is worn below a sari. Sari is a legendary dress worn by the mythological heroines of Indian legends. Dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization, the sari is a symbol of peace and purity. The navel is covered by the sari as in Indian tradition the navel is supposed to be the place of creativity.

The sari could be worn as a sarong or a two piece outfit as in Kerala, India, or as a single piece as is normally worn by all or it could be even a 9 yards sari which is draped like a dhoti.

The sari is worn in different styles in India

In Andhra Pradesh it is worn by passing the pleats of the sari through the two legs and the sari is then tucked into the waist in the back. This makes the sari look like a dhoti and the women have free movements with this kind of sari.

In Gujarat the sari is worn similar to the normal; style except that the loose end is brought forward and tucked in on the side.

In Maharashtra, the sari is very similar to the dhoti worn by men. The loose end is draped over the right shoulder and not on the left shoulder. The loose end is seen hanging in the front and not behind.

Kodagu Sari: Here the pleats are made at the back and the loose end is brought from front to back.

Kerala Sari: There are two pieces in this kind of sari. The sari is normally cream in color with a golden border. The blouse is worn and the two pieces are used one as a sarong below and the other to cover the blouse over the chest.

The nivi drape starts with one end of the sari tucked into the waistband of the petticoat, usually a plain skirt. The cloth is wrapped around the lower body once, then hand-gathered into even pleats just below

Sari thus has found its spot everywhere and the women often use it as their formal dress wear. The saris can be of various types. The Jamdani, Dhakai, Tangail, tashar and katan saris are famous in Bangladesh.

In Sri Lanka, the style is called the osaria or kandyan style of wearing. In the blouse is full and covers the entire midriff. This is the national dress of the women in Sri Lanka and is also the uniform of the airlines in Sri Lanka.

In Nepal, the sari is worn around the waist and then they wear a shawl to cover the chest. This is what they wear instead of a pallu.

Saris in India are very common and saris from Tamil nadu in India are very famous. Kanchipuram silk is a famous variety which all women covet to have. There are two lovely golden borders normally in this richly embroidered and woven sari. Saris were originally made of cotton and silk, but today they are synthetic, silk cotton mix, nylon, rayon and many other varieties.

The bandhni saris of Rajasthan in India are very popular and famous. Block printing and vegetable printing are used in saris. There are also saris with geometric pattern, tie and dye designs, and ikat work. Zardozi embroidery sarees are very rich and elegant looking and are always the target of women. A sari with tassels at both ends is more popular and is the hot favorites of women. Hand-woven sarees are also preferred by hardcore sari enthusiasts.

Be it the sambalpuri sari of Orissa, or the Tangail of Bangladesh, Tussar of Bihar or the Muga Silk of Assam, Tant Murshidabad silk,  or Baluchari of West Bengal, Berhampuri or Khandua of Orissa or shalu of Uttar Pradesh, Paithani of Maharasthra, or Bandhani of Gujarat, Chanderi of Madhya Pradesh, Kancheepuram of Tamil Nadu, Set sari of Kerala or Pochampally of Andhra Pradesh, Mysore silk of Karnataka or any other variety, the sari remains an icon of pride and prestige in India and is one of the popular dress forms amongst people who come to visit India the land of the Sari and traditional beliefs.

My say: Drape yourself in yards of material, drape yourself in the sari.

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