Sari, Saree or Shari is the traditional garment worn by Indian women and some Muslim women in most Asian continents. Sari is an unstitched cloth worn over the women’s body, more significantly on the waist down. The upper body covering of the sari is only recently used, it was traditionally not covered.
Just like any other traditional ornaments like mehndi and bangles, sari likewise evolved into a fashionable ornament for Asian women. Now, your traditional sari is not just a long unstitched fabric but it is actually a fashionable item Muslim women around the world enjoy wearing.
While in some areas like Pakistan, popularity of sari is lesser as compared to shalwar kameez, it is still a fashionable item being used by celebrities and high profile individuals. Because of this, the use of sari at weddings is still very much alive even in Pakistan.
If you want to wear your sari as a fashionable ornament, it is actually not going to be difficult for you. This is because of the many variations of wrapping the sari and in addition, the many bright colors and patterns that weavers play with.
Most saris are hand woven, thus, they are commonly simple and uses either stripes or other simple patterns. However, if you want your sari to be elaborate with magnificent embroideries and floral designs, you have to look for the more expensive saris available.
Expensive saris are aplenty. You may even find saris that use gold and silver thread in weaving.
What are the fabrics used for a sari?
The choice is yours if you want to use an expensive fabric for your sari.
The wrapping of the sari likewise varies by region. However, the most popular sari is the nivi style sari.
The nivi style sari starts by draping one end of the sari into the waist and tucked in the waistband of the petticoat. Then, the cloth is wrapped around the entire lower body. You will then create pleats by gathering the fabric together just below the navel. The pleats will likewise be tucked into the waist band to create a graceful but decorative effect on the lower part of the sari. The loose end of the drape will then be place over the shoulder. It will be brought across the body by diagonally wrapping on the front torso. This sari wrap will partially bare the midriff. In some cases, the navel is likewise bare.
It is in this part where you can be fashionable. Choose the wrapping style that flaunts your figure. You may also choose to bare your navel or you can choose to hide it.
Likewise, you can use the loose end of the sari called the pallu as a head piece or elegantly wear it with a finger ring.
Some saris are wrapped and cover the entire body but some leave certain portions of the body like the midriff and the navel exposed.
If you are a married woman, you may opt to cover your entire body but if you are a young woman, you might want to be fashionable and leave some flesh exposed.
Depending on the occasion, you can always play with your sari. Just watch some celebrities enjoy their fashionable sari or check out magazines for sari wrapping variations. You will enjoy being a woman with your beautiful and fashionable sari. This is for sure.