“The Sari, it is said, was born on the loom of a fanciful weaver. He dreams of Woman. The shimmer of her tears. The drape of her tumbling hair. The colors of her many moods. The softness of her touch. All these he wove together. He couldn’t stop. He wove for many yards. And when he was done, the story goes, he sat back and smiled and smiled and smiled.”
Came across this piece while browsing over the internet. And it somehow touched me. I have lately been in a Sari phase, and Iam loving it. My darling Mom has this treasure box of Sari’s which she wore just once and they have never seen the day light ever again. So I decided to re-do them and wear them when the occasions are right. And boy do they look beautiful or what.
Every drape, every pleat of the Sari is beautiful. Sari is Sheer Elegance. It is an un-stitched piece of cloth, the length of the sari varies from 5-9 yards, depending on how long you want the drape to fall.
In India, each region has its own unique sari style and so, a large variety of sari is available and some of the well-known ones are-
Banarasi and Chikan sari forms the northern style.
Ikta, Jamdani and Baluchari sari forms the eastern style.
Paithani, Bandhani and Lugade sari forms the western style.
Chanderi sari forms the central style.
Gadwal, Venkatagiri, Mangalagiri and Guntur sari forms the southern style.
Sari draping is considered to be an Art, an art which takes a lot of practice. It takes a life time to get it right. But nowadays thanks to designers and tailors one can get the Sari ready made where all the pleats have been done and stitched all you have to do is wrap it around your waist and pin it up. And voila there you have it A Perfect Sari.
But a lot of people argue that ready made Sari’s don’t give the exact look as the hand draped one. But I beg to differ, I have done the ready made ones and they fall perfectly.
From Silks and Chiffon to Flowing Crepes and Georgette, sarees are available in lively colors and some of them have the most amazing embroidery and thread work. Saris have to be one of the most mesmerizing styles ever.
Like my sister says, “baaji you look so beautiful in the Sari, ditch those Jeans and wear Sari everyday.”
I might just be doing that. Now let me go dig that treasure box.