About saree

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^Origin
the origin of the Indian sarees is that, it originated from the weaver's loom. This weaver is fond of dreaming. The weaver kept dreaming of a beautiful girl. All the details and attributes of women paved the way into the cloth which he has made. The cloth reached several hundreds of yards. The weavers smiled in his delight that while he was gazing at the lovely girl and how her femininity inspired him to create such splendid cloth. This legend tells the reason why Indian women wear sarees. Women want to wear that beautiful cloth to display their unmatched beauty and finesse. The Indian sarees are first known to be as short cloth and has been used to be a veil or a skirt. Women do not wear blouse under their Indian sarees. To exude more femininity, Indian women bare their chests with their sarees. This was done during the Ancient times.




^common style→

The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with one end then draped over the shoulder baring the midriff. The sari is usually worn over a petticoat (pavada/pavadai) in the south, and shaya in eastern India), with a blouse known as a choli or ravika forming the upper garment. The choli has short sleeves and a low neck and is usually cropped, and as such is particularly well suited for wear in the sultry South Asian summers. Cholis may be "backless" or of a halter neck style.

^Banaras sareees→

Banarasi saris are sareemade in a city which is also called "Benares." Banaras sareees are a special part of the Indian bridal gown the mughal design is utilized to weave intricate designs of floral and foliage into the cloth. The Chanderi sarees are made up of light silk or fine cotton. This is used ideally when the summer time arrives. The soft colors of the saree can make the women feel cool and comfortable. It is made of light silk or fine cotton.

^The influence of saree
An air of sensuality and sophistication best describes what mood it may give to those who wears them and to those who beholds them. With the rich array of accessories to highlight a saree, the wearer's beauty will surely emanate from within and any wedding can be timeless like the wedding sarees that set apart the lavish and impressive tradition in India. Precious moments like uniting in wedlock call for precious Indian sarees that fuse together a treasure of ingenious designs, perfect artistry, and a diverse culture.

^Cultural impact
A saree in the Indian culture is the most powerful attire to signify womanhood and a beautiful wedding saree is the perfect blend of sophistication of colors and designs. The wonderful play of colors and red being the most dominant color makes a wedding saree so special indeed. Moreover, the elegance of the wedding sarees is heightened simply by the gorgeous thread work done in silver and golden colors. These designs and thread works come in a variety of patterns and attractive floral works. They are a real feast for the eyes to see such gaudy floral thread works done on the entire body of the saree

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That's all. If there are errors, you are welcome to correct me ~
 
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Rosi

Historum Emeritas
Jul 2008
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Nice! Traditional sarees are indeed breathtakingly beautiful but they are also very expensive. I'll add a bit to the above. You mentioned Benares silk which is very popular in north India. There are lots of different varieties of silk found all over India. In the southern part there's something called Kanjeevaram (or Kanchipuram) silk that takes the place of pride and is a staple at weddings and other traditional events accompanied by loads and loads of gold jewellery.

"Kanchipuram silk sarees are woven from pure mulberry silk and this fabric is available in countless and attractive hues. These sarees are woven with three ply, high denier threads using thick zari to complement the warp and weft designs forming unique and intricate motifs in the sari. Following the color combinations, and the complicated designs used a sari normally takes 20 to 30 days for completion. It is from pure silk and again this fabric enjoys an everlasting reputation for its texture, gleam, finishing, and resilience."

I'm posting some examples here. Surprisingly there aren't many good images of silk sarees online.










Sarees come in amazing varieties, colours, textures, fabric, etc. Sarees are hugely popular in contemporary India as well and fashion designers do some really nice things with them. They can be worn in many ways, it's basically just a lengthy piece of clothing that gives you a lot of room to experiment. There's no end to what you can do with a saree.

The following are some examples of "designer" and/or bridal sarees.

















Silk sarees are reserved for special occasions. For day to day wear you'd want chiffon sarees.
 

Rosi

Historum Emeritas
Jul 2008
6,242
^Origin
the origin of the Indian sarees is that, it originated from the weaver's loom. This weaver is fond of dreaming. The weaver kept dreaming of a beautiful girl. All the details and attributes of women paved the way into the cloth which he has made. The cloth reached several hundreds of yards. The weavers smiled in his delight that while he was gazing at the lovely girl and how her femininity inspired him to create such splendid cloth. This legend tells the reason why Indian women wear sarees. Women want to wear that beautiful cloth to display their unmatched beauty and finesse.
Interesting. Where did you read that?

The Indian sarees are first known to be as short cloth and has been used to be a veil or a skirt. Women do not wear blouse under their Indian sarees. To exude more femininity, Indian women bare their chests with their sarees. This was done during the Ancient times.
Sarees without a blouse were the norm in ancient India, it won't go down well in today's India though. :zany:
 

Shaheen

Ad Honorem
May 2011
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Sweden
I have heard alot about Banaras Sarees. They are popular amongst some Pakistani women as well for special occasions. Nice pics Rosi :)
 

Rosi

Historum Emeritas
Jul 2008
6,242
^Cultural impact
A saree in the Indian culture is the most powerful attire to signify womanhood and a beautiful wedding saree is the perfect blend of sophistication of colors and designs. The wonderful play of colors and red being the most dominant color makes a wedding saree so special indeed. Moreover, the elegance of the wedding sarees is heightened simply by the gorgeous thread work done in silver and golden colors. These designs and thread works come in a variety of patterns and attractive floral works. They are a real feast for the eyes to see such gaudy floral thread works done on the entire body of the saree
The above is pure romanticisation of the saree, I'm afraid. It all depends on how you use it. You can use it to flaunt your curves or to hide your face. The latter was a custom quite widespread in northern India (and still is in certain regions) where women cover their faces when stepping out of the house or in front of the older male members of the family. It is called 'purdah' and is akin to the Muslim veil.

The following is an image from an Indian movie called 'Jodhaa Akbar' in which the Rajput princess Jodhaa (on the left, of course) has covered her face with her sari.

 

Rosi

Historum Emeritas
Jul 2008
6,242
I have heard alot about Banaras Sarees. They are popular amongst some Pakistani women as well for special occasions. Nice pics Rosi :)
Thanks, bamxa! I'm surprised the saree is popular in Pakistan though.
 

Shaheen

Ad Honorem
May 2011
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Star

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Sep 2010
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USA
Wow, great pictures! I must finally agree with my husband's opinion that Indian women are the most beautiful on earth!