Knowledge Base - Sarees

One of the most expressive dresses and attires that Indian women have worn since ancient times is Saree.Saree is one of the most elegant dress woman has worn. Cotton was the only cloth that was used in India in ancient times until silk got into production, which gave a new dimension to Indian tradition of clothing. The word saree was derived from a Sanskrit word which meant a piece of cloth. Saree is 6 to 9 yards long piece of cloth with a width of app 1.25 yards and covers the entire body from head to toe and yet makes a lady look beautiful and gorgeous. The one outer end of Saree is called as Pallu which normally spreads about 1 to 3 feet from the edge. Pallu is most beautiful and decorative part of a saree. Sarees are draped in different styles and fashion worn by women. As India is a very big country with many social and cultural divisions, many states have derived their own way of making and draping sarees. This is the reason why there are so many different kind of sarees that are in production and are used widely.
 
Saree is worn over a petticoat and a top called as blouse (or Choli).The Sarees are worn according to Season (Climate), Functions and festivals and occasions. Sarees are made from different material like Cotton, Silk, Crepe, Georgette, Chiffon etc. Sarees are available in wide range of colors and fabrics. In ancient times Sarees were handwoven and made of cotton and silk. Now with technical advancement synthetic fibres like nylon, polyesters and rayons are being used for manufacture of sarees. Some other derivatives of modern material is Georgette, Crepe, Chiffon etc. A cotton Saree is normally worn in summer while sarees made of other materials like Silk, Georgette,Crepe,Chiffon etc. are usually worn during different functions and occasions. Now Designer Sarees are also available for certain specific functions like Party wear Sarees, Wedding sarees, Bridal sarees and Designer Sarees. They will have Embroidery, Jardosi, Jamavar Kashmere handwork, Parsi work, Pitten work etc to name a few on saree in order to enhance the beauty and glory of modern woman. 
 
Saree is one garment which is worn by every woman in India across all age groups and regions in India. The only difference is colors, style of draping and motifs which are different in different regions and they are region specific.
 
The various types of Fabric available are:
  • Chiffon Sarees
  • Cotton Sarees
  • Crepe Sarees
  • Georgette Sarees
  • Net Sarees
  • Silk Sarees
  • Tissue Sarees
 
The Various Seasons are:
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Rain
 
The Various Occasions are:
  • Weddings
  • Bridal
  • Partys
  • Festivals
  • Casual or daily wear
 
The Various types of sarees are:
  • Traditional Sarees
  • Designer sarees
  • Embroidered sarees
  • Printed Sarees
  • Bandhej Sarees
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