February 16, 2007

Sari – the versatile garment

The sari has been around for more than 5000 years and is undoubtedly the most popular Indian garment even today. Though women from other countries have almost given up wearing their traditional costumes, it is heartening to see that most Indian women are still sticking on to costumes like saree and salwar kameez.

There is no dress which can beat the versatility of the saree. It is an asset that we inherit. Once bought, it will not go out of fashion. No danger of your not fitting into it, as it is the saree that always fits around you. Only action needed is to have a new blouse stitched, which is again an uncomplicated affair.

What makes the sari so elegant and positively ravishing to the eye? With sari you do not have to watch the shapeliness of your legs or be bothered about a little extra flesh around your girth. Thin women can be made to look plumper by wearing a thick saree or a starched cotton saree and as for overweight women, the sari can cover up ugly bulges at the midriff and thin chiffon or silk saris can make them look considerably slim. And, if you are endowed with an hour-glass figure – there is no dress that would complement you more.

The saree does have its drawbacks with the pallu slipping and hassles of pleats in front. So many working women have switched on to salwar kameezes, skirts and blouses, jeans etc. But it is an undeniable fact that for formal occasions, festivities and religious ceremonies and weddings, saris are indispensable and have no substitute.

But do we really make the best use of a saree? Why do some women look sloppy even when their sarees are picked up from the best boutiques? Why do some people look so ill at ease in this outfit? Perfecting the art of wearing a saree is an art. It should be worn carefully to look charming.Check this for pictorial illustrations on how to drape a saree along with a wealth of information about sarees.

Pic credits:indiavilas.com, dailywomenswear.blogspot.com

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  1. Unknown4:15 PM

    Sari is one piece of clothing which fits all….. fat or thin short or tall!!! The traditional 6 yard sari allows for generous pleating, and draping around the body and over the shoulders almost Grecian in style. The loose end of the fabric, which is thrown over the left shoulder, is known as ‘Pallu’. Pallu usually has extensive design or embroidery woven into it. Sari is very flattering to all shapes and sizes and forgiving of the various flaws. It can ingeniously conceal the extra flab of fat, or it can accentuate the well-proportioned curve -- It is just a matter of how you drape the sari.

  2. Arundati3:49 PM

    I luv saaree..thanx for the post...might be helpful...after sum time


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