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The Indian Sari - Fashioning the Female Form

Article of the Month - March 2001
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Krishna to Draupadi's RescueLegend has it that when the beauteous Draupadi - wife of the Pandavas, was lost to the Kauravas in a gambling duel, the lecherous victors, intent on humiliating and harassing Draupadi, caught one end of the diaphanous material that draped her demurely, yet seductively. They continued to pull and unravel, but could not reach the end, and thus undrape her. Virtue triumphed yet again in this 5,000 year old Indian epic, the Mahabharata. Legend, fantasy, history or fact, it is the first recorded reference to the enduringly attractive Sari - the longest running 'in fashion' item of feminine apparel in the world.

Paintings of Mughal CourtesansIn a metaphysical sense the Kauravas symbolize the forces of chaos and destruction, trying to unwind what is in effect, infinity. They are finally forced to stop, frustrated and defeated.

A charming folktale explains the origin of the Sari as follows:

"The Sari, it is said, was born on the loom of a fanciful weaver. He dreamt 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".

Indian myths often use weaving as a metaphor for the creation of the universe. The sutra or spun thread was the foundation, while the sutradhara (weaver) or holder of the thread was viewed as the architect or creator of the universe.

The etymology of the word sari is from the Sanskrit word 'sati', which means strip of cloth. This evolved into the Prakrit 'sadi' and was later anglicised into sari.

Bondo Tribal Doll




There is ample evidence of the sari in the earliest examples of Indian art. Sculptures from the Gandhara, Mathura and Gupta schools (1st- 6th century AD), suggest that the sari in its earlier form was a briefer garment, with a veil, and usually no discernable bodice.

There are also several references to the fact that in South India the sari had been for a long time one piece of material that served as both skirt and veil, leaving the bosom bare. Even today in some rural areas it is quite common for a woman not to wear a choli.




Harem Scenes


In extant North Indian miniature paintings, (particularly Jain, Rajasthani and Pahari schools from the 13th to the 19th centuries) it seems to consist of the diaphanous skirt and an equally diaphanous veil draped over a tiny bodice. This style still survives as the more voluminous lehanga of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Gradually this skirt and veil were amalgamated into one garment, but when and how this happened is not precisely clear. One theory, not fully substantiated, is that the style was created by Noor Jahan (d. 1645) wife of the Mughal emperor Jehangir (reigned. 1605-27). Perhaps it would be more accurate to speculate that the confrontation between the two cultures, Islamic and Hindu, led the comparatively relaxed Hindus to develop a style that robed the person more discreetly and less precariously.

Costume Dolls





Some costume historians believe that the men's dhoti, which is the oldest Indian draped garment, is the forerunner of the sari. Till the 14th century the dhoti was worn by both men and women. Thereafter it is conjectured that the women's dhoti started to become longer, and the accessory cloth worn over the shoulders was woven together with the dhoti into a single cloth to make the sari.





Oil PaintingsIndian civilization has always placed a tremendous importance on unstitched fabrics like the sari and dhoti, which are given sacred overtones. The belief was that such a fabric was pure; perhaps because in the distant past needles of bone were used for stitching. Hence even to the present day, while attending pujas or other sacred ceremonies, the men dress up in dhotis while women wear the sari. Thus even though the different waves of Islamic expansion (13th - 19th century AD) resulted in new versions of stitched garments, the primacy of the sari and its gently changing form couldn't be changed. Even today, when the Islam influenced Salwar-kameez (loose trousers with a tunic) is an increasingly popular garment, the Sari continues to hold its sway. The flow it confers to the natural contours of the female form enhances the gracefulness of the fairer sex, as no other apparel can.

Ikat and Pochampalli Saris






The Sari, like so many other textiles, gives the lie to the hierarchical distinction made between fine arts and crafts. The approximate size of a sari is 47 by 216 inches. Although it is an untailored length of cloth, the fabric is highly structured and its design vocabulary very sophisticated. The main field of the sari is framed on three sides by a decorative frieze of flowering plants, figurative images or abstract symbols.

Lukhnavi Chikan Saris



Two of the borders define the edges of the length of the sari and the third comprises the end piece, which is a visible, broader, more complex version of the other two borders. This end piece is the part of the sari that is draped over the shoulder and left to hang over the back or front, known popularly as the Pallav.

The pallav usually elaborates the theme found in the two borders and the actual field of the sari, a sort of repetition and amplification in the manner of the Indian musical mode, the raga. The raga has a set number of notes and these are intoned in a form of verbal mnemonics, before the song is actually sung. No new notes other than those in the introduction are used, but improvisation is allowed and results in endless permutations and combinations. This beautiful metaphor thus compares the two narrow borders to the introductory recital of the pure notes and the pallav to the song.

Kantha Saris




The design, whether woven, embroidered, painted or block-printed, needs to maintain the proportion and balance between the actual field of the sari, the borders and the pallav. The pattern creates its own rhythm. For instance, the scattering of spot weft gold dots increase in the pallav for a denser, richer pattern and gradually and softly decrease on the actual ground of the sari.






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    by elles on 3rd Feb 2010
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    Thank you very much.


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    by emad on 12th Apr 2007
  • Interesting article! As an African-American, I have several saris and have received many compliments on them. A Ghujarati (sp) Indian lady taught me how to wrap. She was very complimented and complimentary of my interest and abiltiy to wear. My suggestion: wear with confidence!!
    by bri on 12th Feb 2007
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    by Jayanthi A/P Nadarajan on 6th Jan 2007
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    If interested contact me at :
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    by mini sinha on 13th Nov 2006
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    by rosylin on 12th Oct 2006
  • This article has been a great help to me. I will be attending my first Divali in one week and I would like to wear a saree. However, like Kim, i feared that as an African-American woman it would be inappropriate for to wear a sari or that I would offend someone. But after reading this article I am very excited to wear a sari to my first Divali. Thanks!
    by Joselyn on 10th Oct 2006
  • I really appreciated this article. My interest in Indian and Indian American (Indians born in America) culture has grown over the past 2 to 3 years. I came across this website recently and got my first real opportunity to absorb the beauty, creativity and femininity of the sari. I am now ready to incorporate this gorgeous piece into my wardrobe. I appreciate reading the reviews of the article because as a black American woman, I felt as if it would not be appropriate for me to wear a garment that is so heavily rooted in another culture. But i am happy to see that there are those of other nationalities who enjoy saris as part of their everyday dress. It gives me confidence and I cannot wait to buy my first one.
    I desire to wear it with respect and carry myself with the same grace as the beautiful Indian woman.
    by Kim on 19th Sep 2006
  • i need the information about the history of saree and type of saree
    by nithya on 30th Aug 2006
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    by MELISSA on 16th Aug 2006
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    by Linda Majaya on 8th Jul 2006
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    Peace out my friends
    by jaba the hut on 21st Jun 2006
  • Thank you for providing such interesting articles, both on the website and in your newsletters. The depth of information and the way that you expand it to include references to other writers/poets makes it a joy to read. Having this available is a gift that I deeply appreciate.
    by J Capon on 16th May 2006
  • hi! i've read your article and i find it very informative. see, i work for a clothing shop and i just started. i basically sell fabrics and ready to wear items. my rpoblem now is that i barely know anything that concerns indian fabrics and embroidery. and through your article, i gained a lot of knowledge and i hope you can feature more info regarding the types of embroidery and fabrics used on sarees. thank you very much!!
    by carla broce on 21st Mar 2006
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    by Trixe on 16th Feb 2006
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    by wilman solar on 17th Dec 2005
  • This is a great article again! Thank you so much.
    I featured it in our INDIA SAIJIKI too.


    Thanks for your great work!
    Gabi Greve

    The India Saijiki for Haiku Poets

    by Gabi Greve on 31st Oct 2005
  • my nickname's zanzi so im going under my nickname. im 12, and thanks for your cool article on the origin of saris. it really helped me with my school oriental/indian art project. keep up helping the teens learn bout different cultures, and rock on!
    by zanzi on 16th Oct 2005
  • I'm a 12 year old student and I have an Indian auntie. Thanks to her and your website I know about the mysterious elegance of the sari and will be buying one in the october half term! Thanks for your advice!
    by amy-lou on 16th Oct 2005
  • As I read the "Save this Sari" tears came to my eyes, because I, as a Westerner, would rather wear a sari every day, no matter what I am doing, than anything in my very extensive wardrobe. I'm not sure I would be comfortable baring my breasts, as saris were worn at one time, but I should be! I own one red sari, purchased from you, and I will own more. My husband of almost 40 years was quite taken with my look in that sari, saying only, "you look beautiful." For this, I will give him another 40 years of my life.

    I need not wear the pants of a man to become superior. In every spirituality there is some small part, maybe hidden, maybe not, that says that just by being born a women, we are the spiritual heart of the home. The beautiful draping and coverage of yards of material make me feel beautiful and protected, and - at home. Every time I see a beautiful Indian woman walking in her sari through a grocery store, a mall, or just strolling with her family, I see that she walks with her head up, her hips swaying, and she is proud of how she looks, no matter what her age. She automatically has a link to her ancestral mothers and she never has to have an excuse for it.

    Thank you for your continued educational items on the website. I am learning so much.

    by Selene on 23rd Aug 2005
  • Sari is a gorgeous and graceful dress. It represents feminity and our refined cultural heritage. It suits every woman's figure. The intricate work that goes in it's weaving and creation is exceptional too. When worn gives a grand and gorgeous look to every women's personality. I like to dress up in a sari.
    by Sari Fan on 12th Jul 2005
  • Hello, I have several pieces of sari material and without being disrespectful, would like to adapt this lovely material into a more modern pattern for easy use. I am looking for someone who knows where I could get a pattern for a full length blouse as I am in my 60's and do not want to show my tummy, and I would like the skirt on an elastic waistband as I tend to incerase and decrease in size, and the drape seperate but able to be attached with modern fittings. Can anyone help?
    by nancy parker on 30th Jun 2005
  • Fascinating!
    by shirlee macedo on 12th Jun 2005
  • I am American, of Scottish descent, and I decorate my home like that as well. I am a priestess of the Goddess, and I wear the saree as well. You must, and I assume you understand, that the whole house, yourself, and your wardrobe is connected energetically when you do this.type of redecorating.To do it randomly creates chaos.(like bad feung-shui)
    I am not trying to lecture, just keep in mind these things. I have just been buying my sarees from Exotic India, so I may use the entire sarre flowing form. I have a bed canopy, curtains, wall hangings, furniture coverings, and sares in matching themes. It is most pleasing..and most unusual in a red haired , Northeast Yankee American. But I am married to a man from Zimbabwe over 30 years, and I am multi cultural. I am also a priestess of Kali Ma. Feel free to correspond with me, I love artisitic discussion!!So few people who do this!!
    Blessings, Talon
    by Dragon Moon Rising on 5th May 2005
  • I really liked the article, History of saree is fasinating. It is indeed a graceful attire and i always enjoy wearing it.
    by Anju Bhandari on 16th Apr 2005
  • I found the article graciously submitted. I am a fifty year old woman of Indian orgin now living in Australia and am very, very proud to wear this exquisitely simple dress.
    by Bharti Purchase on 7th Jul 2004
  • The sari epitomizes the beauty of the female form. It is an ideal clothing for the summer and can be comfortably worn in the winter as well. It drapes the body all over and reveals very less but still has such a sensous look. It can make a thin woman look voluptous and a overweight woman look attractive. It also reflects the mood and personality of the person wearing it, through it's myriad colours. I fervently wish Indian women keep alive the tradition of saris and not fall prey to westernized clothing
    by baps on 29th May 2004
  • Fantastic Article - May the Sari always live on as the MOST beautiful garment in the world ever!
    by Mimi Sedigi on 11th May 2004
  • brilliant article perfect for my college project!!!!!
    by lianne on 27th Apr 2004
  • Impressing!
    by Cindy McNeil on 8th Mar 2004
  • I found this article to very educating and very enlighting. I am of indian descent , but american born. My father was is from Goa but mother is caucaisan. I am very proud of my indian culture and am always searching for more of my roots. This article gave me great insight about a few threads of myself that i had not known before. thank you for sharing this with the world and i hope that you continue to share more writings like this with myself and the world.
    by Audra Sardessai on 17th Feb 2004

  • I loved eveyhting that was written in this article and the one about everywomen is a goddess. I am very fond of the Indian culture. One day I will visit india but before I have to get Hindi well learned. Thank you for having this site.
    by lukinda on 23rd Nov 2003
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    by ZOE COLQUHOUN on 16th Oct 2003
  • the meaning of the sari
    by mari weeks on 18th Sep 2003
  • i am doing my dissertation on saris and the history behind them in comparison to womens clothing in england. could you please send me some info on what a sari means to an indian woman. thanks a lot, good article. [email protected]
    by rachel daykin on 14th Sep 2003
  • Excellent; very informative
    by Puja on 31st Aug 2003
  • very good
    by sona on 1st Aug 2003
  • i want buy a saree
    by nicole on 27th Jul 2003
  • EXOTIC, BEAUTIFUL AND VERY INFORMATIVE. i just love the indian saree
    by josephine gonsalves on 29th Jun 2003
  • This article has reali helped me a lot in doing my project work. I hope u do have more of this interesting articles.
    by Afrose on 29th Apr 2003
  • Saris can be purchased on Devon Avenue in Chicago. The district is located around Western Avenue. I personally like Regal Fashions and their sister store across the street. They have a wonderful selection and the people who work they make you feel like family!
    by Colleen From Chicago on 2nd Apr 2003
  • I vastly enjoyed this article on the Sari. I am non-Indian but wear them often; the salwar kameez is also a favorite. I consider the sari the most elegant of any garment I have ever seen and tried from any culture; I have traveled to various countries and tried their native dress. I find none suit me ( or women ) better than the sari. In its myriad styles, colors, and compositions it echos the fluidity and beauty of woman in all her moods and richness.
    by Kimberly A. Pieczynski on 2nd Apr 2003
  • This article on saree is just great. You have covered most of the points with no trace of bias information.
    by nishat toorabally on 13th Mar 2003
  • so am i has anybody given you any adresses
    by jayne ward on 19th Feb 2003
  • i need outline of sari.it means how sari came in indian culture.
    by shital on 9th Feb 2003
  • i am doing my dissertation on saris and need more info on how the sari makes u feel sexy if u can help [email protected]
    by n chopra on 28th Jan 2003
  • hi i am currentaly in my final year of my ba hons fashion and am doing my dissertation on saris if you could help me in any way i would appriciate is greatly.i need some more info on how the sari makes you feel like a woman how it would be
    by nina chopra on 28th Jan 2003
  • I am trying to decorate my home with various Indian textiles (sari pallav look for wall border, sari curtains or borders to make curtains, sari bedspreads etc.) Can you please tell me where to find/order online or in Minneapolis area? Thank you!
    by S Macden on 14th Dec 2002
  • I am decorating a room and wanted to use some beautiful sari fabrics. Where can buy a sari in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.?
    by Melanie on 21st Nov 2002
  • Great article! It will help me greatly for my speech on Saris. Long live saris!
    by Colleen on 21st Nov 2002
  • please how can I buy a saree in Brazil?
    by Fatima on 4th Nov 2002
  • Reply to Kavita's question:
    Please visit www.massala.com/sari.htm
    This page has the different draping styles for sarees.
    by Saradha Nathan on 14th Oct 2002
  • Your article about the saree is wonderful. Would that more people showed interest in such a beautiful and flattering garment. My interest in textiles and especially the saree goes back many years. I wear sarees some of the time and salwar kameez nearly every day. Many such arts are dying out now thanks to the proliferation of "western" style clothing. LONG LIVE THE SAREE! Keep up the good work.
    by Kay on 15th Aug 2002
  • Thank you for such an informative article.When I am next teaching about the sari and showing my students one of mine I will have so much more to say!Keep writing.
    by Fiona on 15th May 2002
  • Thank you so much for printing this article. It's truly educating, and I've gained so much insight into the life of Indian women because of it.
    by Gin on 26th Feb 2002
  • thank you for all your hard work. It has helped me help my son with a project where he must discuss the details of tradtional Indian clothing. Are there any instructions on how to put on a saree? If you have info on that or a site that would help, please forward to me. Thank you!
    by Debra on 12th Feb 2002
  • Thankyou so much for doing this artical, it helped me alot with doing my assignment on India.
    by Sarah on 25th Nov 2001
  • Thankyou for this information.I am doing a demo for my expat friends.Alongwith an exhibition of diff. sarees from our country.Indeed your article will find a prominent place in my handouts.Do you have a comprehansive
    list of the diff. types of sarees in India.Also their distinctive features.Please send it to me ,if possible before the 12th of Nov.May I ask you for other info on saree textiles as well. Please send me your ID.Thanks a pile once again.
    by Kavita on 8th Nov 2001
  • I am going to marry an Indian man and live in India and I was wondering if anyone could give me a little history about it.
    by Desiree on 11th Aug 2001
  • I enjoyed this very much. Thank you for sending it. I will definitely use it as a resource for documentation. I am an avid historic re-enactor, and I am also a Middle Eastern Dance student/teacher. Thanks again
    by Cindy Ettinger on 3rd May 2001
  • Thank you for compiling and sharing all this information on the sari. I had, at one time, an antique and ethnic art shop, and have sold and been interested in the fabrics of Indonesia, sarongs, batiks and ikats, but have not had an opportunity to learn about the sari. I will do a print out of this article for my files, and forward it to a few friends. Thanks
    by Pat Nelson on 3rd May 2001
  • The article was very enjoyable and informative. I believe the sari is the most beautiful attire for women, and Indian women are some of the most beautiful women in the world. Thanks
    by Marlene Maassen on 3rd May 2001
  • I hope one day I will own and wear a sari. They are so beautiful. Seta is gloriously feminine in hers. Ahhhh...maybe one day. Thanks for the article. It was beautiful.
    by Ananda on 3rd May 2001
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the article on the piece of clothing known as the sari, to me the most perfect garment ever invented. Only one thing was 'wrong' with the article, in that it was much too short with too few illustrations. The Indian subcontinent, her culture and her people have fascinated me since I was a child, and that is more than 40 years ago. I have several saris of my own, but don't wear them as often as I'd like. I think this piece has inspired me to bring them out of storage and wear them much more often. Thank you.
    by Janice Weeks Bernath on 3rd May 2001
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this article and the illustrations. I own several saree as well as salwar kameez. I love both, but find that the saree make me feel very feminine. Thanks for the insight into the history and lore of this delightful garment.
    by Wendy Knott-Comer on 3rd May 2001
  • I loved this article. The history of the sari was never known to me before and I am glad now to know it. The sari's are so beautiful. I have a few but do not know how to wear it. Do you by any chance have instructions? Thanks you it was wonderful.
    by Katherine on 3rd May 2001
  • Very educational and interesting. A very in-depth picture of the saree and it's meaning, the incorporation of the website pictures makes a huge difference. I will certainly be looking at past articles and I will be grateful for future emails from you. Thank you
    by Annessa on 3rd May 2001
  • Wonderful article...thank you very much..will send it on to others who might appreciate it...sincerely,
    by Deb on 3rd May 2001
  • Thank you so much for this article about the saree which is our favourite garment as well!
    by Abid & Alexandra Mahmood on 3rd May 2001
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