Sari and Indian Tradition


The sari is widely acknowledged as the symbol of the Indian culture. The word has been derived from the Sanskrit word “sati” which means “strip of cloth” which was later on converted to “sari or saree” in Hindi.

The sari sometimes spelled saree, is a draped dress, created from a single piece of fabric which is wrapped around woman’s body in a variety of ways. In this 21st century approximately 75 % of the Indian female population wear it. It is one of the oldest known items of clothing that is still in use.

India has been known to have wonderful dresses & costumes. One of the most accepted attire of woman’s femininity is sari. It covers a woman’s a woman’s body from head to toe making her look modest & bashful.

Even in this modern arena, it has maintained its popularity & importance among other feminine dresses & has become successful in maintaining its sophistication, sensuality, elegance & beauty.

According to the custom of India almost every Indian woman wears it on her marriage day. Compared to other saris, bridal saris look something different for normal wear saris. They look more fascinating & gorgeous.

There are so many designs & forms to wear depending on different occasions, in different seasons & for daily usage. Indian saris are available in a wide range of colors using different fabrics like georgette, brass, embroidery, chiffon, crape saris & much more.

Various varieties of Sari:-North India –Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) – Silk, jamevar, jamdani, cotton, satin, kora, organza, brocade, tissue zari saris

Mubarakpur (UP) – Silk, cotton and texturized polyester

Maunath Bhanjan (UP) – Cotton, nylon, art silk and texturized

Kota (Rajasthan) – silk and cotton mixed saris with zari and silk thread work

Patiala (Punjab) – Phulkari

Lucknow – Cotton, chicken, embroidery, zari zardozi

Srinagar – Tabi silk saris, chinan saris and Kashmir kadai

South India –Bangalore – silk, crepe, chiffon, chinan, argreza, tussar, zari tissue and silk saris

Mysore – Crepe zari silk

Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu) – Real hand-woven zariwork on silk and cotton

Dharmavaram (Andhra Pradesh) – Hand-woven silk and cotton

Kumbkonam (Tamil Nadu) – Silk saris

Pochampalli (Andhra Pradesh) – Patola designer and cotton

Putpaka (Andhra Pradesh) – Ikat

Hyderabad – Patola saris

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) – Cotton and silk

Selam (Tamil Nadu) – Art silk, cotton and handmade silk

Narayanpet (Karnataka) – Silk, art silk and texturized

East India –Murshidabad (West Bengal) – Silk, brocade, baluchari

Srirampur (West Bengal) – Printed silk saris

West India –Paithan (Maharastra) – Real zari work on saris, designer silk, brocade paithani

Jamnagar (Gujarat) – Bandhani with silk, zari work

Patan (Gujarat) – Patoli saris, saris with intricate thread work

Bhuj, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner (Rajasthan) – Bandhani

Sanganer (Rajasthan) cotton black pint

Central India –Bhagalpur (Bihar) – Plain tussar saris

Chanderi (Madhya Pradesh) – Cotton and silk mixed

Champa (MP) – Tussar and Bafta

There are so many forms of saris draping styles according to state, ethnicity, custom, religion & also depending on various occasions.


Source by Kumar Krishna

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