The traditional garment worn by Indian women is called the
saree or sari. While the exact origin of the saree is not known, yet
researches have shown existence of sarees way back in 3000 BC in the Indus
The important characteristics of a saree are as follows: Characteristics of Saree
- The saree is one of the most common and oldest forms of dress for
women in India and it continues to be the most popular dress worn by
Indian women. The saree is long rectangular shaped strip of unstitched
cloth, ranging from 5 to 9 yards in length.
- The style, colour and texture of this cloth varies and it might be
made from cotton, silk or one of the several man-made materials. The
most expensive woven saree is in silk. The designs may reflect regional
cultures such as the "Kanjivarams" from the south or Muga
silks from the east.
- The saree has an age old charm because it is not cut or stiched for
a particular size.
- The saree can fit any size and if worn properly can accentuate the
- The variety of designs, drapes, fabrics, and colours in sarees
reveal a unique blending of religious and cultural influences of India.
Inspite of the emergence of various western wear and other dresses in
the Indian market, saree still remains the most favoured dress of Indian
women. No other dress can show grace, elegance and dignity as much as a sari
can to any women who wears it.