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 colours 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 metres length and of one metre 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 bottom 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.
Now, hold the plain end of the saree which is to be kept inside to your right side of waist and tuck it into your petticoat after confirming that your petticoat is tight to your waist. Then complete a round by draping the sari around your waist from your front side to your back and bring it again to your front. Tuck the saree all around your waist into the petticoat so that the saree length from your waist to your feet levels with your petticoat and hangs a more lengthy towards your feet but does not hinder your steps while walking. After tucking well, make folds of the remaining saree of about your palm’s width with your fingers after leaving enough portion of it for hanging it as pallu after taking it around your back. The folded portion of saree is again tucked into your petticoat at the centre of your front side taking care that the folds are not made in a haphazard manner so that all folds are neatly folded and aligned straightly one behind other displaying your skill. You can pin the folds tight with a saree pin to your petticoat so that they do not loosen. Then the remaining portion of saree is again draped from your left side to your back and bringing it to the front from between your right waist and under arm portion to your left shoulder, you drop it down on your left shoulder to hang behind you. Here again, you drop the pallu in such a way that it looks beautiful and attracts people by 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 method of wearing as “ulta palla” type. Some Keralites drape whole saree against their waist and wear long blouses or T-shirts. Different places of women have different method of wearing or draping the sari. Some orthodox women wear the pallu to cover their heads in front of men even now. Some consider it as giving respect to elders and God by covering their heads with the pallu.
There are many types and designs of sarees and blouses also. Blouses 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 colours 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 know about more styles of wearing this marvellous costume, you may attend the Indian wedding ceremonies where you find a congregation of different styles of saree clad women with dazzling designs and colours.