The word saree is said to have originated from the Sanskrit word Chira that means cloth. It is learnt that, it is more than 5000 years old! Saree is still the most preferred garment for the women in India. The variety of colors, patterns, weaves and draping styles make the sari one of the world’s most fascinating costumes. However I feel the new upcoming generation, specially in metro cities is slowly putting this piece of marvel at the back burner. Apart from Saree, women in India prefer to wear Salwar Kameez and westers like trousers and shirts or jeans and T-shirts.
Saris are woven with one plain end (the end that is concealed inside the wrap), two long decorative borders running the length of the sari, and a one to three foot section at the other end which continues and elaborates the length-wise decoration. This end is called the pallu; it is the part thrown over the shoulder in the Nivi style of draping. The saree is draped in different variations, in keeping with the region. From the nine-yard saree worn in the days of yore to the present day 6-yard saree, the saree can be worn in flattering styles to adorn a woman’s body. Sarees come plain or with printed floral designs or geometric prints. The pallu is that part of the saree that comes over the shoulder. The saree blouse has also underdone a metamorphosis. It has become a fashion statement in its own right. Elaborate embroidery, flattering sleeves and necklines can be selected.