Evolution of the Sari
The beautiful feminine attire, the Sari, known for its elegance and versatile appeal is the epitome of an Indian woman. It symbolizes innocence by concealing and at the same time emphasizing the beautiful native being. Though the sari has evolved over the years it has in many ways retained its original beauty.
The sari in its present form is a 5 to 9 yard piece of cloth that is draped in different styles. It is worn with a tight fitting short blouse or choli usually revealing the navel and mid riff. The sari to be kept in place is pleated, wrapped and tucked into a petticoat or a cotton sarong. Like the sari that is styled in varied forms, the choli as well is designed in a number of patterns. These styles and patterns are regionally, traditionally and culturally based and today more fashionably.
The sari originated thousands of years back but has varied sources and authenticity of style. Some historians believe that women wore a dress, a two piece garment, the lungi (sarong) and a breast band while some say that the sari came about from a piece of cloth draped on the lower part of the body and a bare upper part. It is said that the choli was an unknown garment till the British arrived in India. Southern India saw more of the sari worn as a one piece garment with the absence of the choli. Even today there are many rural areas where ladies do not wear the choli.
The sari comes in different materials, designs and colours. There are saris made of silk, cotton, synthetic fabrics and combinations of fabrics as well.
Saris in India are worn in different styles and are famous for their state specific traditions, especially in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Andhra and Gujarat. Karnataka is famous for its silk saris whereas Gujarat and Rajasthan that are located in Western India are known for their Bandhani material. Kerala, a state in Southern India is well-known for their ‘neriyadu’ saris. These saris are worn only by the localites. It is usually a cream or white shaded material with a golden border. Other regions in India have their own way of draping a sari specific to their liking and culture. Like the 9 yard sari draped between the legs is worn by a community in Tamil Nadu, yet another Southern state in India.
Saris in metros have evolved from just being traditional attire to a brand tag. It has now turned into a more modern looking piece of clothing. The evolved garment has maintained its original elegance and has added a sensual appeal to it. Women in every profession wear the beautiful sari, be it business women, air hostesses, in the hotel industry or the glamour world. The sari is the most versatile attire for women in India.
The top fashion brands in India produce some of the most expensive saris adorned with precious stones and other intricate work. When it comes to fashion the saris showcased are usually embroidered and is a product of intrinsic handwork. This graceful Indian garment is carefully manipulated in a number of ways across the county to suit every region. It is not only versatile and beautiful but is also globally admired and adorned.
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