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The Indian Saree

Like every country has a national animal, bird, monument and dress, India prides itself with the sari worn by women across the country. This has become the traditional outfit as its traces have been found 5000 years ago in the Vedas and in the literature of around 3000 B.C.

Although the country boasts about various cultural existences, more than a thousand languages spoken and hundreds of traditions followed. Women across the length and breadth of the country wear the saree. Ofcourse the styles and materials wearing it differ from place to place. For instance in the South of India, pure cotton saris with contrasting borders are always in vogue. Silk sarees are prized for an occasion and whoever goes to the south always bags themselves some of the grand sarees.

A look at the west of the country for instance in Gujarat ? handwork with mirrors and embroidery has always brought cheer to the Gujarathi lady. They take the pallu from behind the shoulder, spreading it across the torso and tucking it in the left hand side of the waist. Their pallus are elaborated designs with lace, flowers, animal and bird patterns. The rest of the saree is mostly simple with a jazzy border.

A step into Maharashtra and the nine yard outfit is dramatized differently. Known as the ?Nauwari? because of the nine yard stretch, the pallu is taken between the legs and tucked at the back. This was originally done by women who worked in the fields as it gave them freedom to due their chores without any hassles of the outfit. This style however came down the ages and Maharashtrian women just wear it like that. They usually choose darker shades like green, chequered brown and blues. The saris are not too jazzed up with appliqu?s or any other lace but instead they are two tone or shinier for an occasion and subdued for regular wear.

However worn, the sari is still donned by the modern lady who goes to work and the housewife and it will live for many more centuries to come.

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