Indian Saree History
History of saree made easy and interesting, learn more about sari history with its origin, importance in Vedas, learn more about saree trends, value of sarees in a Indian woman's life. When the beauteous Draupadi - wife of the Pandavas - was lost to the enemy clan in a gambling duel, Lord Krishna promised to protect her virtue. The lecherous victors, intent on "bagging" their prize, caught one ends of the diaphanous material that draped her so demurely, yet seductively. They continued to pull and unravel, but could reach no end. 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 Saree history - the most enduring of all items in the history of saree and women’s fashion. A charming folktale explains... “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 style saree, in India, majority of women wear sari. The sari is a long piece of cloth about a meter wide and 5 to 51/2meters long. The sari is draped over a long skirt. A tight fitting blouse known as choli is worn on the upper part of the body. Saris of different designs and materials are available in a variety of colors. It is made out of cotton, silk and other synthetic materials. The cost of the saris varies according to the quality. The outer end of the sari or Pallu is most attractive especially on silk saris. Women of Tamil Nadu wear silk saris on special occasions. The Brahmin community wears the sari in a slightly different way without wearing the long skirt. The length of the sari which they wear is longer (nine yards) than the usual one. It is wound separately on both legs in a proper way without restricting the person's free movement. Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu and Mysore in Karnataka are famous for their unique silk and cotton saris. Andhra Pradesh is famous for its cotton saris which are designed with jerry and thread. The saris woven at Venkatagiri and Pochhampalli in Andhra are famous. Cotton saris of Bengal are ideal as a summer wear. In Kerala, women wear their traditional two piece cloth called mundu and neriyathu. The 'mundu' (one piece) is draped on the lower part of the body. The second piece; 'neriyathu' is worn on top, over a blouse in the same way as the saris. This mundu also called 'Settu Mundu' is the traditional attire. The mundu was worn in a different way by the women of the royal families. Saris are worn in different ways in many places, especially in Gujarat, Manipur, Maharashtra and Coorg (Karnataka).