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Nowadays, we see designers getting creative with the saree designs and the ways of draping it.

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  • So, that really long piece of cloth you wrap around yourself does have a lot of history which to begin with, can be traced all the way back to the Indus valley civilization (2800–1800 BC) .Yep! That old! During those times, cloth was primarily made from cotton.

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  • The word – Sari, is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘sati’. Sati, means a strip of cloth.

 

  • The sari mainly originated from three-piece attire known as Antariya lower garment, Uttariya veil worn over shoulder or head and Stanapatta a chestband, this complete three-piece dress was known as Poshak, which we all know means a costume or a dress.

 

  • There are more than 80 ways of draping a saree.
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  • In great epic Mahabharata, when Dhushashan tries to strip the Draupadi, she pleads to Lord Krishna who helps her out by extending the length of the saree so that it does not end and Draupadi’s integriy and modesty remains intact.
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  • In the Natya Shastra (200 BC and 200 AD) of Sage Bharata, the navel has been referred to as the source of life and creativity. Therefore, midriff is kept left bare by the sari.
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  • Tight bodices or cholis are believed have evolved between 2nd century B.C to 6th century A.D.  Traditionally, cholis were front covering tied at the back. Does this remind you of something? Like the Rajasthani choli?

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Written by Varnika Chauhan

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