Saree, The most preferred choice of the Indian Women for everyday wear. The Origin of saree dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization, perhaps two thousand years ago. The saree has been one of the oldest and perhaps the only surviving unstitched garment from the past. Over the millennia, the saree has evolved as the most sensuous, glamorous and all-time-wear of Indian women and perhaps the womenfolk of Sri Lanka and the women of the Indian diaspora.
The artistic prints and weaves and jeweled gold-silver embellishments show the craftsmanship of the creators, the master weavers. History says that cotton and the craft of weaving it into fabrics forayed into the Indian Subcontinent from the Mesopotamian civilization . It surprising to learn that the men and women of contemporary Indus Valley Civilization therefore familiar with the cotton fabrics.
They wore long pieces of fabric materials which initially described as loin clothes which worn in a peculiar style called kachcha style which in turn means draping the loin cloth around the waist and passing one end of the cloth between the legs and tucking it up behind the body to fecilitate freer movements of lower body and legs. This kachcha style shows that loin cloths were precursor to the modern day sarees of all cues!. Loin cloth type garments were in vogue in Egypt, Sumer and other adjacent middle east region.
Sarees In Epics and Literature.
The most captivating saree figures in the most popular Indian Epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. The main characters of the epics Sita and Draupathi wore sarees. The epic Mahabharatha illustrates that Draupathi disrobed, she worn a magical saree, It is endless in its length. Ultimately she saved by lord Krishna from the clutches of Duriodhana.
Saree and Choli
In the epics, several assorted dress items are also referred to. The Kanchuki, a piece of cloth worn across the breast by the ancient women. The modern day fashion designers are of the view that the Kanchuki could probably be the earliest form of the choli. Many women featuring in the classical epics were described as beautiful and elegant in clothes with a striking resemblance to saree-choli combine. The sculptures of ancient temples elucidate this combination. Many royal women commissioned specialist tailors to create cholis to make a right combination with the they wore.
Why sarees been a perennial favorite of women?
Sarees are worn to get-togethers, family functions, social meetings, festivals and birthdays. Which is Considered as an most comfortable and convenient attire, because it is easy to be running around in sarees. A collection of designer linen sarees is one thing that impresses many modern women. Wearing a beautifully designed saree with an elegant choli elevates a woman’s spirit, extols her sense of self and confidence and helps the wearer of the saree define her as a woman to whom beauty matters always!.
A traditional, contemporary and stylish designer sarees has been a power dressing for ages. Wearing formal sarees makes women feel more powerful and more feminine. That’s why, the former Prime Minister of India Mrs.Indira Gandhi, former Lok Sabha speaker Najma Hepatullah and former Chief Minister of Odisha prefer to wear sarees, mostly handloom cotton sarees to flaunt their authority and personality!.
Sarees still keep attracting the women of all walks of life. Chanda Kochchar, CEO of ICICI Bank, Sumitra Mahajan, the present speaker of Lok Sabha continue to wear sarees, preferably cotton sarees to make their majestic presence wherever they are!.
Saree-An All-Weather Attire:
Almost Indian sub-continent faces different weather conditions in a cyclical manner. In a calendar year, one spell of weather is too hot, another spell of weather is too humid or windy and yet another spell is too chilly. Some phase of the weather is too rainy. The people prefer to wear their dresses in accordance with the weather conditions of the respective regions.
Sarees can be worn all through the year irrespective of the weather condition. In India, the tropical summer weather season comes in March and stretches till the may end. During this season women’s can also wear an pure cotton sarees in light blue colour, cream colour, light green colour. Linen sarees have different light colours are also very ideal for the scarching summer. If you wear an cotton or linen saree, make it sure it must be an crisp and cute. Cotton sarees are the best fabric for summer. Because cotton can breathe and keep your skin cool.
Cotton and Linen sarees are good companion for the women’s during winter season also. In cool the climate like as Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and the famous hill stations like Ooty, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Yelagiri and Valparai (Tamil Nadu) the inhabitants can very well wear Sungudi-Kandangi saree, Chinnalapatti handloom cotton sarees and Coimbatore cotton sarees to keep them adequately warm during the wintry day and night, provided they should wear woolen clothes over the saree to beat the chillness.
India has been a cradle of silk sarees for several centuries. Among the many varieties of silk sarees, Kancheepuram silk sarees are the most sought after. Kancheepuram silk sarees are patronised by celebrities like Sudha Raghunathan, a carnatic vocalist, Rekha, an evergreen Bollywood star, Vidya Balan a new generation Bollywood heroine. They exhibit their elegance and vivaciousness with the Kanjeevarams they wear!.
Benares Silk Saree figure next to Kanjeevaram in the pecking order. Benares silk has been as popular as Kanjeevaram in India and overseas. Thirupuvanam, is an small town near Madurai, therefore it is also famous for an silk weaving. Thousands of small time handloom silk weavers indulge in silk saree weaving. The Thirupuvanam silk sarees are moderately priced and marketed through the co-operative societies and cloth stores.
Handloom Cotton Sarees
Before the power loom technology, The cotton fabrics are manually woven into sarees, lungis, towels and bed sheets . After the introduction of machinery in weaving sector several new varieties of sarees are being manufactured . These type of sarees are made of synthetic fibres which are not ideal for the tropical weather of India. That’s why, many women prefer cotton sarees. Cotton sarees is being manufactured across India with different Geographical Identity (GI).
For an Example.
• Tant Cotton Sarees Of West Bengal and North East.
• Kasavu Cotton Sarees of Kerala.
• Pochampally cotton sarees of Hyderabad.
• Madurai-Sakkampatti Handloom cotton sarees.
• Madurai-Sellur Handloom Cotton Sarees.
• Kancheepuram Cotton Sarees
• Chettinad Sungudi-Kandangi sarees.
• Dindigul-Chinnalapatti Handloom Cotton Sarees.
The great Tamil poet Subramaniya Bharathi sang like this:
“Let us salute farming & weaving”
The eulogized the handloom weavers for their hard work.