A sari or saree is a strip of unstitched cloth, worn by females, ranging from four to nine metres in length that is draped over the body in various styles. It is popular in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Malaysia. The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with one end then draped over the shoulder baring the midriff.
Saree, no doubt is the most elegant and flattering of all traditional Indian garments. Most women swear by this graceful attire when it comes to looking good and sensual for some special occasion. There would hardly be any woman who does not like draping this traditional attire. In fact all women at some pint of their lives dream of looking extremely beautiful and feminine in a gorgeous traditional saree.
The reputation of the saree has spread so much that even women from other parts of the world, of different nationalities and cultures are also taking an active interest in it. The saree is an extremely versatile outfit. Cotton sarees are easy to manage and are very comfortable during the hot summer months. The silks are used as formal wear.
The specialty of Orissa lies in their ikkat, sambhalpuri and kotki saris. The kanjeevaram silks of southern India is a must have for every Indian woman. However, the most expensive of all Indian sarees is the benarasi which is woven in silk with golden or silver threads. This extravagant saree is woven in Benares in Uttar Pradesh. It is typically worn by brides on their wedding day.
One of the most important components of the saree is the blouse. A well designed blouse effectively enhances the look of a saree. The blouse is usually low necked and short sleeved and made to complement the saree. It completes the entire ensemble. Modern designer blouses are tailored in trendy styles such as halter neck, backless, strapless and off shoulders for a different look.
Whether it’s a party, wedding, anniversary or festival, you are sure to see beautiful women decked up in gorgeous sarees. Sarees are also a reflection of the status, religion and economic condition of the women who are wearing it.
The saree is significant of Indian culture and encompasses the everlasting charm of Indian women.