1. Saree – Basic Information

Q1 - WHAT IS THE SAREE?

A - A saree or sari is a feminine garment from the Indian subcontinent. Very many states of India have had it as traditional attire since age old times, though the way of wearing differs slightly from region to region.

Q2 - WHO WEARS SAREE?

A – The saree is worn by females of a very young age like that of a teenager to the very old like a woman in the nineties, making it one of the most popular and desirable forms of clothing in the Asian subcontinent. With very many styles of draping, the Nivi style is the most popular of them and followed by a large majority across India and overseas.

Q3 - WHAT ARE THE GENERAL DIMENSIONS OF THE INDIAN SAREE?

A - The Indian saree is a rectangular piece of clothing that varies in length from five to nine yards and a breadth of two to four feet.

Q4 - IN WHICH COUNTRIES IS THE SAREE WORN?

A – The saree is pre-dominantly popular in India, Pakistan, Bangla Desh, Sri Lanka, Nepal. Clothing similar to it is also worn in Burma, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, but the manner of draping and the nature of upper accessory is slightly different. Bollywood stars have made it interesting to foreigners when they have walked with the resplendent saree on the Red Carpet in International Film Festivals abroad. This has awakened interest for celebrities of Hollywood, who see it as a variety of dress for exclusive occasions.

Q5 - THE SAREE BEING A RECTANGULAR PIECE OF CLOTH, IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR STYLE OF DRAPING?

A - There are more than 80 recorded ways to wear a sari. The most common style is for the saree 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 saree of a particular length or form.

Q6 - IS THERE ANY STYLE OF DRAPING THE SAREE THAT IS UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED AS STANDARD?

A – The saree, as mentioned above, can be draped in a lot of ways. However the nivi style, that is supposed to have originated in Andhra Pradesh, is the most popular of all, and a large majority prefer to wear the saree in this style.


Q7 - WHAT ARE THE COMMONLY KNOWN WEARING STYLES FOR THE INDIAN SAREE?

A – Besides the Nivi style of draping, other commonly known styles are:

- Bengali or Odia,

- Gujarati, Rajasthani or Pakistani,

- Nepali, - Maharashtrian/Konkani/Kashta,

- Madisar, - Kodagu,

- Gobbe Seere

- Assamese

- Manipuri

- Khasi

- Malayali style

- Tribal styles

- Kunbi style or denthli


Q8 - HOW DID THE SAREE OR SARI ORIGINATE?

A - The sari has been traced to the Indus Valley Civilisation, which flourished during 2800–1800 BC, in the north-western part of the Indian subcontinent. The sari has evolved from a 3 piece attire known as Antariya, the lower garment, Uttariya, the veil worn over the shoulder or head and Stanapatta, a chestband, together known as Poshakh or costume. They find mention in Sanskrit and Buddhist Pali literature during 6th century BC. From then on it has taken on many forms and evolved into the most prevalent or popular form, the Nivi style of draping, though there are other forms too that are adopted by women across the sub-continent and other foreign shores.

2. Saree – About The Drape

3. Saree – The Making Of The Fabric

4. Saree – Draping Styles

5. Saree – Additional Efforts For That Gorgeous Look

6. Saree – The Choice Of Colours

7. Sarees – Choice For Brides

8. Saree – Mehendi Rang Laayegi

9. Saree - Jewellery

10. Saree – Functional Additions

11. Saree – Care Of Your Cotton And Silk Sarees

12. Saree – The Exclusive Silks