This Saree is worn by million of Indian women all across the globe. The Saree has age old history which has transformed itself over many centuries but the basic of saree remains the same. The Saree not only exhibits grace, elegance and tradition but also has charmed many Hollywood actresses due to its sensuality. We have found reference to Saree as Indian women clothing since ages.
The saree history goes back to Indus valley civilization which was around 2000 B.C. During that time period saree was worn as a fabric with no blouse or petticoat or glamour of Today. Even ancient epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata had reference to Saree.
The Saree is worn not only in India but in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and to some extent Pakistan where saree is in decline today due to Islamic culture
A saree is one of the most worn and famous women clothing in India. The Saree is normally of 6 meters although its length can vary as per the designer. The Saree is draped around the waist with one end of the saree going over the shoulders and the other around the waist. The Saree is worn along with a petticoat and a blouse. The petticoat becomes the inner below the waist area while the Blouse covers the top body area and the saree is draped over it.
The saree comes in various types depending on the state in India as different states have different prints of saree, different material of saree and different embroidery on the saree. The way a saree is worn also depends on the various states as some saree are worn with a straight pallu while some wear the saree with ulta pallu.
The saree design on the fabric is complimented by Hand embroidery which is further divided into various style like Thread embroidery, bead or antique embroidery and sequin or stone embroidery. The hand embroidered saree is expensive as all the work is done by hand artisans who can take almost a month to complete one saree. To make a saree the hand artisan first stretches the saree fabric on a four leg frame and stitches the borders of the frame to the saree border. The frame is known as “adda”. After attaching the saree to the frame the hand artisans choose a needle depending on the type of embroidered saree they wish to make. The needle comes in various forms like Aari needle etc. The needle is filled with the thread along with the material to be added and the thread is taken from the top f the saree to below the saree from under the adda or the frame. Then the trained artisan’s does specific wrist movement to get the material stitched and placed on the saree with intricate details on the fabric of the saree. To make a hand embroidered saree is a very slow process as each material is carefully stitched to saree one by one. To see how to a saree is made is a very interesting and requires lot of patience.
The Saree has a very ancient history in the Indian subcontinent although the modern trends and styles have changed with many new designs, styles and fusion fabric coming in the market. The emergence of fashion designer has created a new evolution in saree although the basic of the saree still remains. The Fashion Designer have experimented with saree in many ways like creating cutwork saree which is done by creating specific design holes in a saree and then doing hand embroidery to glorify the design. The saree blouse designs have also changed with various cuts like halter neck blouse designs etc. The Designer has also experimented with different fabrics like fusion fabric of making a saree in both georgette and net. There are too many designs and ways through which the saree can be given a different look depending on the creativity of the saree designer. Designer like Satya Paul have created a name for themselves in Printed Saree while designer like Manish Malhotra and Ritu Kumar have created latest trends by designing saree for actresses in Indian Cinema.
Time and again India has been bombarded with western clothes which did find a niche in Indian women clothes but Saree remained the timeless beauty which no one could challenge as it is part of Indian women rationality, Heritage and culture.