WHAT IS A SAREE / SARI? DEFINITION AND DESCRIPTION OF SAREE / SARI:

Simply put, a Saree or a Sari is a traditional dress worn by Asian women especially India and its neighboring countries like Bangladesh , Sri-lanka, Nepal etc. An item of women clothing consisting of a long cloth with one end covered about the waist to form a skirt and the other draped over the shoulder or covering the head.

It Consists of many yards of fabric that is draped (covered) around the body. Modern sarees are around 5.5 meters in length. Sarees are much loved by the Indian women for their glamorous looks and simplicity. It has evolved from ancient Indian Ethnic dress to modern day fashion statement. All along its growth the saris have not lost its style quotient. Saree is  worn by Most Indian Women of various age groups.

PARTS OR DIVISIONS OF SAREES?

Though the saree looks like a seamless one-piece dress , It is actually a garment that is divided into three parts.

  1. The top portion a of Saree: Blouse or the choli
  2. The bottom portion of a Sari : Petticoat / Lehenga
  3. The main drape that covers the full body.

1: BLOUSE / CHOLI

The blouse or the choli is a woman's upper item of clothing like a shirt, classically with a neck, buttons, and sleeves. Daily wear sareez have a simple cotton blouse while party-wear & festive wear sarees have different materials with embroidery, zari work, diamond work, prints and other embellishments to enhance its beauty.

The blouse is typically half-sleeves, but many women customize it according to their preference like full sleeves, threeforth or a more glamorous sleeveless one.

Another alteration that  is made in the look of the blouse is by changing the neckline. Most common neck lines are round (u), v etc. It  can be further changed according to the imagination of the wearer or the designer.

The back of the blouse can be made with different designs like the backless and other blouse designs.

 2. THE PETTICOAT / THE LEHENGA

A petticoat is an item of clothing for ladies. In a saree, petticoat is worn from the waist to the floor. The petticoat in a saree will not be visible to the onlooker, but it is a must wear as it will give a grip and look to the sari. The peticoat is usually made of comfortable cotton material.

3. THE SAREE / DRAPE

It  is a very long cloth (modern days 5.5 mts) covering the body from the shoulder to the toe. The large part of the cloth covers the body of the wearing women around the lehenga / peticoat from the waist to the toe usually with many pleats. The palloo / pallu  is the top front portion that gives the saree a distinct look. It is spread around the belly region across the shoulder. A nice finishing touch is given by a border to the saree. A little known but very important portion in the sari is a ‘Fall’, it is a simple cotton fabric that gives helps in tucking the saree.

Learn more. Fabrics used  and the Ocassions to Wear a Saree

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