India is known to have wonderful dresses and costumes. The most common and accepted Indian attire is the saree.
For a single length of material, the Indian saree must be the most versatile garment in existence. A saree is a rectangular piece of cloth that is five to six yards in length and sometimes nine yards. Yet, this dress is worn by millions of Indian women and is, by far, the most elegant and the most comfortable. It is not merely an outfit but an ornament, lending both grace and glamour to the wearer. The Saree is for all purpose - party wear, daily wear, bridal wear and so on.
The age old Saree has kept its popularity throughout the centuries because of its total simplicity and practical comfort combined with the sense of luxury and sense of sexuality a woman experiences.
Saree is an Indian women’s statement to the world. What is a typical Indian saree like? The saree can be a shimmering silk, or fine cotton or an elegant chiffon material. It can have the most intricate embroidery with silk threads or even silver and gold threads. The colors can be vibrantly bright or subdued pastels. There are sarees to match every mood and every occasion and to suit every budget. The saree is an ageless charm since it is not cut or tailored for a particular size. This garment can fit every size and if worn properly can accentuate or conceal. This supremely graceful attire can also be worn in several ways and its manner of wearing as well as its color and texture are indicative of the status, age, occupation, region and religion of a woman.w
The Indian saree has retained its beauty over centuries. This attire has retained its innocence through its original form but it has evolved in tremendous variety. A more feminine dress has never been seen anywhere. This attire can cover the body from head to toe, making a woman look modest and coy. But just shift the pallu, wear it with a stylish blouse and it could give any Western dress a complex.
Saree is one piece of clothing which fits all….. fat or thin, short or tall!!! The traditional 6 yard saree allows for generous pleating, and draping around the body and over the shoulders almost Grecian in style. The loose end of the fabric, which is thrown over the left shoulder, is known as ‘Pallu’. The pallu usually has extensive design or embroidery woven into it. Saree is very flattering to all shapes and sizes and forgiving of the various flaws. It can ingeniously conceal the extra flab of fat, or it can accentuate the well-proportioned curve -- It is just a matter of how you drape the saree. This garment is in style for over 5000 years for the simple reason of its simplicity and practical usage.
This demure garment is a very versatile garment too. The pallu has a very multi-purpose use to it. In case of slight chill in the air, put it around the shoulder like a shawl, if it gets very cold wrap it around the head like a scarf. Pallu is very often used by women to cover their heads during religious ceremonies and to show respect to elders. Rural women always keep their heads covered with the saree's pallu in front of their elders.
For somebody who has never worn a saree, the saree may look a difficult and unmanagable attire. But women who are use to sarees will swear by it. For first time users, designer have come up with a novel idea of a "ready made saree or a pre-stitched saree"