Saree – The Ultimate Expression of Indian Feminity
Saree is the Indian outerwear of the Indian subcontinent, consisting of a five- to a seven-yard-long piece of cloth that is brightly colored. It is often in embroidered silk, cotton, or synthetic fabric. It is tied around the body and left hanging.
Because of the harsh temperature extremes on the Indian subcontinent, the sari serves both a functional and decorative function. It is mild in the winter and cools in the summer due to its loose-fitting tailoring. It is favoured by women who like to travel freely to fulfil their responsibilities.
History Of Saree
The saree’s origin is from the Indus Valley Civilization, which lasted from 2800 to 1800 BC. Priests at the time wore a similar kind of robe, according to historical records. The sublime beauty and grace of an Indian woman wrapped in this flowing garment is mentioned in ancient Sanskrit and Tamil poetry and literature.
Let us get to know some facts about saree
1. A sari can be draped in a hundred different ways
If you Googled “how to wear a sari,” you’d find hundreds of videos of instructions about how to drape your sari properly. Many people believe that there is only one way to drape a sari, namely the ‘Nivi’ drape.
However, there are hundreds of different ways to drape a sari. The majority of drapery types are regionally unique, and, like Indian food and language, the drapes are a product of context, geography, and purpose.
2. The length has a measurement from 3.5 to 9 yards.
The sari’s length is generally believed to be 9 yards. Saris, however, also need different lengths for different drapes due to the various draping types.
3. Safety pins are not needed to tie a saree.
Many people believe a sari is at risk of ‘falling off,’ so they protect it with hundreds of safety pins. Safety pins can be used to make you feel more comfortable, but they aren’t necessary.
When safety pins are used excessively, the garment becomes stiffer, which is not how it should be worn.
4. It is possible to drape a saree without a petticoat
Before the British Raj, the sari used to be worn without a blouse or petticoat. Since it was considered impolite to expose one’s breasts or go without a blouse during the Victorian period, the Raj encouraged women to wear ruffled hemmed blouses and petticoats.
What’s the result? The sari is still worn with a blouse and petticoat by the majority of women today. However, none of the regional sari drapes necessitates the use of a petticoat, and many do not.