Nine yards of elegance or as I would call it ‘elegance redefined’. And that is a SARI. A sari is an elegant piece of female attire in South Asia. It varies in length from 5 to 9 yards, varies in types of cloths, colours, knits, patterns and also the styles of drapes. People always ask me “how do you manage such lengthy piece of clothing?” and my only answer is “A Sari is not just an apparel, it is a way of life for those who adore it.” To give this exquisite apparel a tribute, I am delighted to share this post.
My love for sari is like never-ending. Even though we have moved to Germany, yet I do not leave any opportunity, that knocks my door, of wearing a Sari. In the picture above is a Kashmiri-style embroidered Sari. The uniqueness of this delicate Sari is that there is no wrong side of it. This Sari can be worn from any side.
The famous Zari-wali Sari actually refers to the embroidery that is done with a metallic thread. In older times, generations ago, the embroiderers used real gold and silver metal threads. However, these days, it is just a normal metallic thread that is used for it. These saris are generally very heavy, and are worn during weddings and other important functions.
A combination Sari is one which has two or more styles combined. The Sari in the picture above is made of chiffon with Gota and Mirror work. Gota work is basically an embroidery with multiple ribbons of golden Zari. This kind of embroidery is then combined with small mirrors to add more glamour and sheen. The Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat lead in such designs.
You speak to any Indian girl about a Sari and the next moment you will notice her eyes shining bright and glittery. Such is the fan following of a Sari in India. The best thing about wearing a Sari is that it hides all the imperfections;) . So, you can have cheese one day and skip your gym class too, and even then you can carry a Sari without any hesitation.
There is so much to say and so much to do with a Sari. I will keep adding the pictures and details to this post in the days to come, as and when I will have an opportunity to drape a Sari again.