15 October, 2015: The word â€œSariâ€ is anglicized from â€œSadiâ€, which existed in Prakrit language as â€œSadiaâ€ and originated from Sanskrit â€œSatiâ€, meaning a strip of cloth. Though the garment consists of a single piece of fabric, there is large amount of variety to the quality of fabric and the ways in which the fabric can be worn. Traditionally, many of these details depend largely on theÂ social status of the wearer as well as the region from which she hails.
In one common method of tying the sari: “One end is passed twice round the waist, the upper border tied in a strong knot and allowed to fall in graceful folds to ankle, thus, forming a sort of petticoat or skirt.” Should sufficient material remain once draped over the lower limbs and torso, the hanging part of the sari, called “Pallay,” is traditionally drawn over the head.” Overall, an Indian woman’s marital status, area of origin and specific circumstances, if any, could be easily understood by the traditional community in which she lives from the sari she wore.”
It’s hard to tellÂ exactly how old sari are. There are not many historical records from that predate the appearance of sari as a common garment. The methods of growing and weaving cotton into finished fabrics were known as many as five-thousand years ago. It has been suggested that some form of sari may have been worn as far back as that period. Before the advent of tailoring in Indian culture, unsewn cloths, likely made of cotton were worn wrapped around the body.
The sari has a long history in India. The first depictions of sari like costumes can be seen in sculptures dating back to 100 b.c. The variety of colors, patterns, weaves and draping styles make the sari one of the world’s most fascinating costumes. Hundreds of regional weaving centers are still engaged in traditional handloom production. Today in India six and a half milion people are engaged in the production of handloom saris.
Wearing a sari changes the way you feel about your body and clothes, and about your idea of clothing in general.