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Introduction of Saree/Sari

A sari, saree, or sharee is a female garment from the Indian subcontinent that consists of a drape varying from five to nine yards (4.5 metres to 8 metres) in length and two to four feet (60 cm to 1.20 m) in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff. There are various styles of sari draping, the most common being the Nivi style, which originated in Andhra Pradesh.

Saris have seen an evolution with the diverse styles it offers. The most popular types are banarasi sari, kanjivaram sari, silk sari, pochampalli sari, patola sari etc. The draping style varies across the country; some drape it with the pallu on front and some with the pallu on back. This attire gives woman an elegant touch.

 

Origin of Saree

To understand how saree changes over the time, we should delve into its origin. If historical inscriptions are to be believed, sarees had their presence since Indus Valley Civilization in western parts of Indian subcontinent. Ancient literatures like Jataka, Natya Shastra, and Tamil poetries have descriptions of sarees in them. The earliest revelation about the origin of sari dates back to 100 BC. In its original form, Indian Saree used to be the unstitched garment, preferably made from loin cloth. The concept of blouse and petticoat arrived much later.

 

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How Saree Changed With Time?

It is quite intriguing to know about style revolution of Indian Saree. This timeless attire has truly come of age in its present avatar. It has defied the present norms of world fashion and set new benchmarks for Indian ethnic wear. The first evident change in the form of saree came with Aryans who introduced a distinctive style of draping in Sarees. Later on, when Muslims invaded India, they introduced stitched clothes that included cholis worn with this rectangular drape called Saree.

When British rule set force in the Indian subcontinent, dressing styles underwent rapid transformations. Fashionable designs in chiffon were introduced in traditional Indian clothing. Women from affluent classes were smitten by their charm. It reinstated saree into Indian ethnic dressing forever.

 

Importance of Saree

Saree is a gift of pure Hindu tradition. Saree always has a pallu (Free end of a saree, normally worn over the shoulder and head). Women never let it fall from their head, and if it does fall, it remains draped around the shoulder. Women fasten the pallu to the waist and get involved in their work. How can one describe the greatness of the pallu? The infant in the cradle longs to be taken in the mother’s pallu. Hence, for an infant, the mother’s pallu is like Parameshwar (Supreme God). When the child grows up, it holds its mother’s pallu and learns to walk. The child uses its mother’s pallu to wipe its mouth. After the daughter’s marriage, the father requests the bridegroom’s parents – ‘Accept my daughter in your pallu’. Hence, the saree and the pallu are a symbol of our Hindu culture.

 

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