Thursday, August 29, 2013

Saree: A Dignity and Beauty for Women

One of the most popular attire for Indian women is the saree which gives them beauty and dignity. It is the most popular choice of all age groups of women. It is the age-old tradition of our Indian women to wear sarees at all important rituals and occasions of celebrations. Further, wearing a saree is a must for all Indian brides at their marriage ceremony even in this modern age of changing fashions.

Normally Silk Sarees with embroidery and craft work in red colors are worn on the wedding days by the brides.That is why we see a lot of demand for sarees of different designs and brands on all auspicious times and festive occasions.

What is a Saree?

Saree is a textile product of long stitchless continuous cloth of normally 5 to 7 meters length and of one-meter width which is draped over the body by women especially in Indian Sub-continent. It is normally worn over a petticoat and along with a blouse.

How to Wear a Saree?

A saree is draped over the body in various styles according to customs, likes, and fashions. A saree consists of two ends. One end which remains inside is normally plain without any designs and enormous borders. The other outer end which is left over to hang from the shoulder towards the bottom on your back (South Indian style) or in your front (North Indian style) is called the pallu or palla in Hindi and with various names in other languages. This pallu end is fabricated with enormous designs and craft work to enhance the beauty of the saree and the person wearing it. It can be sometimes simple also for daily wear purpose.

  • Hold the plain end of the saree which is to be kept inside to your right side of the waist and tuck it into your petticoat after confirming that your petticoat is tight to your waist. 
  • Then complete a round around your waist by draping the sari around your waist from your front side to your back and bringing it again to your front side. 
  • Now, tuck the saree all around your waist well into the petticoat so that the saree length from your waist to your feet levels up with your petticoat and hangs a more lengthy towards your feet but does not hinder your steps while walking. 
  • After tucking it well, make folds of the middle length of the saree; leaving the other end for dropping over your shoulder. (Remember one end is tucked into your petticoat at the beginning. The other end  depicting the design will be hung over your shoulder).
  • The folds that you make of the middle portion of the saree might be around your palm's width that is folded with your fingers of one hand while your other hand is holding the remaining portion unfolded. 
  • Leave enough portion of the saree for hanging it as pallu over your shoulder after taking it around your back. 
  • The folded portion of the saree is again tucked into your petticoat at the center of your frontside taking care that the folds are not made in a haphazard manner so that all folds are neatly folded and aligned straightly one behind the other displaying your skills and artistic talent. 
  • You can pin the folds tight with a saree pin to your petticoat so that they do not loosen. 
  • Now, the remaining portion of the saree is to be again draped from your left side to your back and then, bring it to your front from between your right waist and the under-arm portion to over your left shoulder. 
  • Then, drop it down on your left shoulder so that it hangs behind you. 
  • Here again, you need to drop the pallu in such a way that it looks beautiful and attracts people. So, instead of dropping it as it is, you will be folding it into three or four nice, narrow lengthy folds. You may have to pin it with a saree pallu clip to hold the folds and keep the saree on your shoulder intact in-spite of your movements.

Some people in Northern India, hang the pallu portion of saree to their front side instead of dropping it on their back. They call this method of wearing as "seedha palla" and southern people's method of wearing as the "ulta palla" type.

Some Keralites drape the whole saree around their waist like a lungi and wear long blouses or T-shirts.

Different places of women have the different methods of wearing or draping the sari.

Some orthodox women make the pallu to cover their heads in front of men even now. They consider it as a gesture of giving respect to elders and God by covering their heads with the pallu.

Different Types and Designs of Sarees and Blouses

Blouses are of many varieties. Blouse with long sleeves, short sleeves, and sleeveless blouses, etc. Again there are normal traditional blouses of plain type without any designs and shapes and modern blouses of various designs and shapes which hold tight to your body. It depends upon your likes and comfortability. Sarees are also of plain types with simple borders and no designs. Some sarees are filled with gorgeous designs and craft work and cost in tens of thousands rupees. There are printed sarees with various printed designs, woven designer sarees, and knitted craft work sarees, etc. You can choose among lots of qualities, designs, and colors according to your budget from a meagre one hundred rupees cost to tens of thousands of rupees value depending upon your needs and budget.

If you like to witness the beauty and glamour of this Indian attire and to know about more styles of wearing this marvellous costume, you may attend the Indian Wedding Ceremonies where you can find a congregation of different styles of saree-clad women with dazzling designs and colors.

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