A sari, saree, or sarees is a women garment from the Indian subcontinent that consists of a drape varying from five to nine yards (4.5 meters to 8 meters) in length and two to four feet (60 cm to 1.20 m) in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff.
The sari is usually worn over a petticoat, with a fitted upper garment commonly called a blouse. The blouse has short sleeves and is usually cropped at the midriff. The sari is associated with grace and is widely regarded as a symbol of grace in cultures of the India.
Origins and History of Sarees
In the history of Indian women clothing the sari is traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization, which flourished during 2800–1800 BC around the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent. Cotton was first cultivated and woven in Indian subcontinent around 5th millennium BC. Dyes used during this period are still in use, particularly indigo, lac, red madder and turmeric. Silk was woven around 2450 BC and 2000 BC. The earliest known depiction of the sari in the Indian subcontinent is the statue of an Indus Valley priest wearing a drape.
Saree Draping Styles
There are various styles of sari draping, the most common being the Nivi style, which originated in Andhra Pradesh. There are more than 80 recorded ways to wear a sari. The most common style is for the sari 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 sari of a particular length or form.
Types of Sarees
While an international image of the modern style sari may have been popularized by airline stewardesses, each region in the Indian subcontinent has developed, over the centuries, its own unique sari style. There are several types of sarees available in India. Shop online for designer sarees, wedding sarees, bridal sarees, half saree, silk sarees, cotton sarees, georgette sarees, chiffon sarees, crepe sarees, lehenga sarees and net sarees.
Sarees Online Shopping in USA
The traditional sari made an impact in the United States during the 1970s. Eugene Novack who ran the New York store, Royal Saree House told that he had been selling it mainly to the Indian women in New York area but later many American business women and housewives became his customers who preferred their saris to resemble the full gown of the western world. Variation is one of the largest online shopping site for sarees in India and shipping worldwide including USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and over 250 countries.