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Saree is the ultimate style statement of indian women
Saree Is the Ultimate Style
Statement of Indian Women
• Exquisite - that is the first word that comes to your mind when you lay your
eyes on this traditional Indian dress. For centuries sarees have been adorning
the physique of Indian women. They are much more than just six yard wonders
in India. They are a statement - a statement of style, tradition and elegance.
There have been very few dresses as stylish yet as contemporary as these. In
India it is commonly believed that saree is not just an outfit. It is almost
synonymous to ornaments for Indian women. It is a reflection of the rich
culture and heritage of this great nation. It seems like sarees never get old.
Since time immemorial, they have been 'in' forever.
• A saree enthusiast would know that the word 'saree' evolved from the Prakrit
term 'sattika'. More than five thousand years old, these garment is now one of
the best Indian exports. Nowadays, Indian textiles and designs have started to
appear in the world scene every now and then. Not only have this apparel
been praised all around the world at various fashion shows but more and more
international celebrities are taking an interest in it, especially when they are
• Indian sarees are woven with one plain end, two long decorative borders
which run along the entire length of the saree, and a one to three-foot section
at the other end which contains elaborate designs (pallu or anchal). The
choices of colors and materials are unlimited. There is no denying that India is
a truly diverse country and each state of this country has a unique culture to
offer. What is even more interesting is that the art and culture of every region
is reflected in the saree of that region. Most women in India have at least one
saree from each of the regions of India.
• The most popular kind of bridal saree in India is the Banaras Brocade. These
sarees came into existence during the Moghul era and most of the designs are
still influenced by Mughal art, like intricate intertwining floral and foliate
motifs, 'kalga and bel'. These sarees have a Jhhalar (fringe resembling a string
of leaves) along the inner and outer border. Kota, the lightest cotton sarees, is
from Rajasthan. The weaves create a graph like pattern and have a checkered
look. South India is considered to be a silk hub and the most popular kinds of
saree here are Kanjeevaram and Konrad. Kanjeevaram is woven with a gold
draped silver thread and is known for its durability. These sarees are heavy and
generally have peacock and parrot motifs on them.
• On the other hand Konrad is famous as the 'temple saree' as they were
originally woven for the idols of deities in the temples. Although these sarees
were traditionally available in earth colors (brown, grays, off-whites),
nowadays, much brighter shades are also available. South Indian Sarees also
has a wide array of sarees to offer. Baluchari from Murshidabad district are
woven with silk threads and depict stories from Mahabharata and Ramayana.
The entire body of the saree is covered with little motifs (butis). Only the pallu
or anchal has- heavy designs. The Kantha saree is named after the style of
embroidery that is done on it. The entire saree is intricately embroidered by
hand with beautiful folk, floral, animal and bird motifs. That is why no two
Kantha sarees have the same design.
• It goes without saying that saree is worn by millions of women in India and
each state has a different style of wearing this garment too. Though the styles
are different, the basic essence remains the same.
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