Sarees are the essence of feminity,elegance and grace.The six yard piece is the most popular and widely worn ladies dress across India . There are different ways of wearing it depending on the place and community one belongs to…But the most popular way of wearing the saree is to wind it once round the waist and tuck the pleats in the front while covering the chest with the rest of the material which is popularly known as the Pallu..
According to a charming Indian folktale ” The Saree was born on the loom of a fanciful weaver. He dreamt of a beautiful Woman. The shimmer of her tears. The drape of her tumbling hair. The colors of her many moods. The softness of her touch. All these he wove together. He couldn’t stop. He wove many yards of a shimmering silk material and when he was done, the story goes, he sat back and smiled at what he had done …He then gifted his exquisite creation to his woman who draped it around herself much to his delight …”
The history and origin of Sarees seem to date back to the period of the establishment of civilization itself . Evidence shows that women in the Indus Valley civilization used to cover themselves with a long piece of cloth, draped like a trouser. Later it was wound round their bodies and the two ends were tied behind their neck.
The length of the saree varies from six yard to the traditional nine yards…The Saree has been described as one of the most sensual outfits in India.The word ‘sari’ originated from the Prakrit word ‘sattika’, which is mentioned in the early Buddhist literature. The word got shortened and was called sati, which further evolved into sari.
There are many varieties of handloom cotton sarees coming from different parts of India .The most popular among them are the Bengal cotton sarees, rajasthani block prinbted sarees, Bandhni sarees of Gujrat, Hand woven sarees from Andhra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
The more affluent and fashionable ladies especially the ladies belonging to the royal families of Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Kashmir, Gwalior etc; popularised the fine chiffon sarres which were worn with pearls and other elegant accessories.
The many varieties of Sarees
Sarees come in many varieties and in different types of materials .The most popular and traditional among them is the most coveted shimmering Silk Sarees especially the ones that come with gold thread border and intricate zari work.There are many different kinds of silks ranging from the Banares silk and the Bengali silk to the south Indian silks like the Kanjeevaram, Dharmavaram, Mysore silk, Handloom silk and Printed silk sarees .Owning a traditional Silk saree is almost like owning a precious jewllery since they are quite expensive depending on the quality of the silk and the amount of gold thread work on them .
Sarees for traditional occassions
One can never go wrong with a saree since it suits every occassion. It is worn by most Indian women at home, while gooing to their work spot, outings, weddings,temples and on special occasions.The only difference would be the kind of saree worn and the accessories that go with it.
Sarees are worn by Indian women especailly Hindu ladies for all tradional and festive occassions . An Indian woman’s wardrobe is never complete without a few silk and gold threaded sarees worn during special occassions like weddings and festivals. Beautiful silk sarees drape well and are easier to manage while compared to the flowing polyester and nylon sarees, which though come in many designs and prints and are not very expensive.Hence there is a lot of demand for such sarees…
There is a wide variety of sarees available now in the market including the traditional silks ,cottons,chiffons, georgettes and the more horrendous looking modern day sarees , and designer sarees that come in all kinds of colors and prints that clash….
Saree looks good on anyone.It tends to make a lady look more proportionate and adds dignity and grace …