Saris of India

Saris of India

An un-stitched length of woven cotton and/or silk, draped around the body, traditionally as the dominant garment of Indian women. (plural: saris, sarees) The unstitched draped sari is worn, with few exceptions, across the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent. Amazingly, each geographical and cultural area has, not only specific traditions of weaving the sari as well as motifs and designs, but also a particular manner in which the sari is draped. The fall of the sari and the manner in which the pallu or end-piece is draped varies dramatically from area to area. Perhaps it is the versatility of this unstitched textile that has allowed women to continue to wear it through centuries, adapting it to their requirements, needs, and traditions.

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