Asian Dress #4 - Sari / Saree

Monday, July 09, 2007

A simplified attempt at the Indian Sari.

-The sari is a rectangular piece of cloth ranging from 4-9 metres in length, usually worn over a petticoat, and a midriff-baring blouse known as a 'choli'

-The loose end of the fabric that is often tossed over the left shoulder is known as 'pallu' and usually has extensive designs and embroidery.

-The sari beautifully emphasizes the curves of the female form - bust, waist and hips

-It is very versatile; the pallu can be used as a shawl or scarf in cold weather, and the variety of styles of wearing a sari permit the wearer to perform a great range of activities.

-The sari here is draped in popular Nivi style - the cloth is tucked into the waistband of the petticoat; wrapped around once, pleated a few times, and tucked in at the front. Wrap around again, and up over the left shoulder.