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About Indian Saree

Saree is a India national women’s clothing, even today is still one of the India’s symbols. Saree is a piece of cloth wrapped around the body about 1.1 meters of width and an average of 8 meters of lenght. Saree is put over topic and and a long skirt which helps to secure tightly folds of the saree.

Topic is called a choli or Ravick. It covers the upper part of the body and can be either with the back or without it, with short sleeves or long, depending on the region of India.

The skirt also has a lot of their names: Lang in Southwest India, Shai in the East, Lehenga in North India, Pavada or Pavadai in southern India; Note, Gagra, loons, parkar in the West.

From the Sanskrit word saree is translated as the fabric strip – sati, in Buddhist literature description of Saree corresponds to the word Jata.

History of Saree

It seems that the history of the saree dates back to the creation of civilization. The earliest evidence found – a sculpture of a priest, dressed in a saree, which was left to us by the Indus civilization (3-2 thousand years BC.).

Earlier sarees were wrapped in such a way as to form the pants. This was done in order not to hamper the movement of priests and priestesses in the temple dances. We can also see on the early statues of goddesses that sarees were put around waist, upper part of the body was either completely naked or partially covered with ornaments.

Natya Shastra (III-IV century AD) in his treatise described dancers dress made from fine drapery where the main thing was naked navel as it is a source of creativity and strength.

In South India it lasted long enough to wear an open-top, but after the 19th century bare breasts underwent to social revaluation that led to the cover-up of it and navel.

In Kerala in the south still possible to meet people dressed in the traditional saree – lungi and shawl thrown over the left shoulder.

Since the arrival of Muslims and British the upper part and the bottom of the dress are firmly in the suit which kept to our time.

Now there are more than one hundred varieties of saree draping but the skirt and choli left an integral part of the dress.

By the way, did you know that in India the famous Barbie doll is sold in the national costume – a saree?