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Sari or Saree : Traditional Dress of Women in South Asia

Sari or Saree is a traditional dress in South Asian culturesand is extremely popular since centuries. Sari or Saree is an ancient word of Sanskrit meaning ‘a strip of unstitched fabric’.  Women in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Myanmar and Malaysia wear Sari in many styles some of them date back to the ancient Indus Civilization, some from medieval times and some are fusion of traditional and modern styles and fashions.

Party Saree . Image : Fashion ka Fatka

The usual length of Sari is about 4 to 9 meters and it is dressed up with a blouse or pullover which is locally known as Choli. Usually, one side of Saree has beautiful border decorated with embroidery which is draped around the shoulder. The other side is adorned around the blouse or Choli. The styles of wearing the Sari vary from region to region like in typical Indian style Sari is hanged over in a very simple way in which it is wrapped around the waist and the other end is worn over the shoulder with the uncovered belly. This style is adopted by the women of the states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Uttrakhand in India. In Gujarati style, Sari or Saree is wrapped from right to the left shoulder and in Maharashtra State of India it is used like a man’s traditional dress ‘Dhoti’. Sari is similarly as much popular dress in Pakistan specially in formal functions. In the Indo Pak tribal areas Sari is draped from the front and whole body is covered. Similarly in many other parts of this South Asian continent it is used in different ways.

Embroidered Saree

In the ancient times Sarees were decorated with gold or silver embroideries and in the modern times Sarees are prepared with artificial and automated designs, patterns and silk threads. Banaras Brocades or Varanasi Silks Sarees are used as a symbol of prestige by the rich women. The time to time variation in fashion has never affected the usage of Sari.

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