Veiled and Veiling Esthetics of the Sari, Indian Traditional Dresses

The ‘draping’ would be the origin of the clothes as itself from the ancient. Indian traditional dress called ‘Sari’ is the draping dress which has been transferred still today from the ancient times. Despite of the natural long draping style, it is still popular from the people due to it’s splendid fabric patterns and colors with satisfaction of natural fit and variance style following each wearer’s body figure.

One of main styling point of Sari is still ‘draping’ of women’s body. Here we could see the ways of the sari and draping styles.

There are more than 80 recorded ways to wear a sari, the most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with the loose end of the drape to be worn over the shoulder, baring the midriff. However, the sari can be draped in several different styles, though some styles do require a sari of a particular length or form and where it wears. It is like Nivi Styles, Bengalil, Odia, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Pakistani, Nepal, Maharashtrian, Konkani, Kashta, Madisar, Kodagu styles and more others.

Saris are woven with one plain end (the end that is concealed inside the wrap), two long decorative borders running the length of the sari, and a one to three-foot section at the other end which continues and elaborates the length-wise decoration called the pallu which is the part thrown over the shoulder in the nivi style of draping.

All saris were handwoven and represented a considerable investment of time or money.In past times, saris were woven of silk or cotton. The rich could afford finely woven, diaphanous silk saris that, according to folklore, could be passed through a finger ring. The poor wore coarsely woven cotton saris. All saris were handwoven and represented a considerable investment of time or money.

Simple hand-woven villagers’ saris are often decorated with checks or stripes woven into the cloth. Inexpensive saris were also decorated with block printing using carved wooden blocks and vegetable dyes, or tie-dyeing, more expensive saris had elaborate geometric, floral, or figurative ornaments or brocades created on the loom, as part of the fabric. Sometimes the saris were further decorated, after weaving, with various sorts of embroidery like with coloured silk thread, gold and silver thread, and sometimes pearls and precious stones.

In modern times, saris are increasingly woven on mechanical looms and made of artificial fibres, such as polyester, nylon, or rayon, which do not require starching or ironing. Hand-woven, hand-decorated saris are naturally much more expensive than the machine imitations, hand-woven saris are still popular for weddings and other grand social occasions.


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