The Ethnic Soul Of Asia – The Saree

“Saree” – The most ancient yet, the most in trend ! Yes, we are going to discuss everything about saree, the nine yards which has wrapped entire county in itself!


History of sari-like drapery is traced back to the Indus Valley Civilisation, which flourished during 2800–1800 BC around the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent. Cotton was first cultivated and woven in Indian subcontinent around 5th millennium BC. Dyes used during this period are still in use, particularly indigo, lac, red madder and turmeric. Silk was woven around 2450 BC and 2000 BC. The word ‘sari’ evolved from ‘sattika’ mentioned in earliest Jain and Buddhist literature as women’s attire.

Style and draping:

There are more than 80 recorded ways to wear a sari. The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with the loose end of the drape to be worn over the shoulder, baring the midriff. However, the sari can be draped in several different styles, though some styles do require a sari of a particular length or form. Some of the famous draping styles are Nivi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Himalayan, Nepali, Maharashtrian, Madisar, Kodagu, Assamese, Manipuri, Khasi, Malayali, Kunbi.

Different Kinds of Sarees:

So many different kinds of sarees are available which are known from their origin, making, draping style and so on. Such kinds of sarees are Tanchoi brocade Saree, Tissue sarees, Amru Brocade Saree, Jamawar Saree, Organza Saree, Banarasi Brocade Saree, Kota Saree, Pochampallis Saree, Konrad Saree, Kanjeevaram saree, Baluchari Saree, Tant Saree, Kantha Saree, Bomkai Saree, Sambalpuri Saree, Bandhani Saree, Patola Saree, Chanderi Saree, Chiffon Saree, Georgette Saree, Net Saree, Handloom Saree, Pure Crepe Saree, Shivory Print Saree, Floral Print Saree, Kerala Art Work Saree, Plain Saree, Kalamkari Saree, Kutchi Saree, Mirror Work Saree, Kanchipattu Saree, Uppada Pattu Saree, Banarasi Saree, Bhagalpuri Saree, Half and Half Saree, Bollywod Style Saree, Lahenga Style Saree, Ruffle Saree.

Let us Check out Different Kinds of Sarees in Details:

Kanjivaram Silk Saree:

Kanjivaram saree is one of the most wearer saree in Kerala. This is the best attire for Kerala’s women.

This Saree is made of Orange and Pink coloured silk threads in which sky blue coloured threads has been woven for the flower and leaf design. With this Saree sky blue coloured blouse made from same fabric is given.

Plain Georgette Saree:

Georgette Sarees is one of the most affordable saree for Women and easily available vast shades with ornamental work. Best feature of Georgette Sarees are easy handling, washable and can be worn in every style .

Here in this image this yellow coloured plain georgette  Saree is worn by bollywood actress Jhanvi Kapoor. Here with this Saree ivory and bronze coloured designer blouse has been worn.

Half and Half Saree:

Half saree is new in Trend started by #SriDevi in Bollywood Cinemas. She first worn designer half sarees in Bollywood Movies and it become the fashion trend. In this type of Saree half saree used to be in same design and pattern of same coloured fabric while the other half saree used to be of different colour, pattern and style.

Here in this image Bollywood Actress Raveena Tondon is wearing half and half saree in which half saree is made of beige coloured georgette fabric while the other half saree is made of silk fabric of black colour. It has got silver coloured embroidery work with heavy border and black coloured blouse.

Silk Saree:

Silk sarees are one of the most attractive saree of India and much popular among the Indian women. Silk sarees are famous from Mysore silk sarees, Kanchipuram silk sarees and Bhagalpur silk sarees, Banarasi silk sarees.

Here in this image , this silk saree is worn by bollywood actress Vani Kapoor. It has got moti work on it with same coloured lace. This saree has got silver coloured silk blouse with pearl work on it.

Ruffle Saree:

Ruffle sarees are new in trend! Yes this saree gives western look with traditional touch.

In this image Shraddha Arya has wore white coloured ruffle saree made from net fabric with white coloured laces.

Net Saree:

The all time favorite net sarees are made from different nets like soft and hard net,and the most fascinated saree among all sarees. Due to its glamorous look and comfort feel its become a hot wear among the young girls as well as women.

Here in this image Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit has worn a beautiful net saree having zardosi and sequence work of bronze colour.

Saree with Jacket:

This style has been evolve just a few days back, which comes under indo – western or fusion wear label. Where saree comes in traditional form and it comes with over coat or jacket with it.

Here in this image Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is wearing saree made from georgette fabric and over the top there is peplum style blouse in jacket form.

Lahenga Saree:

This type of sarees also comes under the fusion wear or indo western wear label. These sarees can be seen in award functions or parties!

Here in the image, the model is wearing lahenga style saree made from crepe silk fabric!

Types of Blouse:

Various kinds of blouses are available now a days! Such as Halter neck blouse, blouse with long sleeves or without sleeves, blouse which are off shoulder or having high neck, or is being stitched in jacket style! Some blouse are having cap sleeves or sleeves ends are ruffled! One can paired saree with her choice of blouse according to occasions as now a days fusion is in trend!

Accessories and Jewellers:

Now there are some accessories which are being used with saree to get different look! Sarees with belt!

Here bollywood actress Karishma Kapoor is wearing saree made from printed georgette fabric and over the saree she has worn waist belt which is giving completely unique look.

Jewellery comes in various forms now a days! You can either wear heavy Jhumkhas along with saree or heavy choker necklace! One can use this according to occasion and choice! To complete the look potli style purse or metal clutch looks best.



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Indian Lahenga and Choli – Lahenga-Choli

The Lehenga Choli, also known as Lehnga, is a three-piece attire comprising the lehenga, a long Indian skirt worn by Indian women across India. Secured at the waist with the mid-riff left bare, lehenga is usually worn on ceremonial occasions, festivals and weddings. It is generally embroidered, printed or embellished and is worn with a fitting blouse called ‘choli’. Additionally, the lehenga-choli is paired with a ‘dupatta’ which acts as a sari pallu and covers the mid-riff and head, depending on how one wishes to drape it, going by the occasion.

History of The Lahenga Choli:

Lehenga Choli became popular as an attire amongst women mainly in North India, during the 10th century. The lehenga evolved through fine craftsmanship with the arrival of Mughals in India and their subsequent rule from the 12th to the 18th century. The original, ancient form of lehenga was mainly stitched from cotton, after which royal fabrics and embroideries like silk & brocade were used, making lehenga further evolve into royal attire.

The making of The Lahenga Choli:

The intricate stitching of a lehenga choli dupatta set or a ghagra choli takes about a minimum of twenty days depending on factors like the fabric, embellishments. Hand-stitched, hand-woven Lehengas end up taking longer owing to the detailing that goes into it.

Types of Lahenga Choli:

Various types of Lahenga Cholis are available now a days with variations and twist. Let us check out.

Floral Print Lahenga Choli:

This type of lahenga choli is made from printed farbic which has a flower print over it.

Here in this image this lahenga choli is made of rae silk fabric with net duppatta of bronze colour. The same lahenga choli was worn by bollywood actress Deepika Padukon on her Sangeet Ceremony.

Ruffle Lahenga Choli:

Ruffle is the newest trend now a days. In this type of lahenga choli either lahenga or the duppatta or both comes in ruffle manner.

In this image the model is wearing ruffle lahenga choli made from silk fabric and organza fabric which has flower embroidery done.

Bridal Lahenga Choli:

Lahenga Choli made for bridal used to be heavy than the rest of the lahenga choli. It contains heavy material with heavy embroidery work over it. It contains traditional embroidery work such parrots, peacocks or flowers and leaves.

Here in this bridal lahenga choli the model is wearing maroon coloured lahenga choli made from velvet fabric. This lahenga choli has golden coloured embroidery work over it.

Net Lahenga Choli:

Net lahenga choli has always been a part of fashion and trend. It is made from soft or hard net material.

This lahenga choli, in the image, is made from net fabric which is of dark cream in colour. It has silk fabric inside the net layer. Here it is worn by bollywood actress Sonal Chauhan.

Plain Lahenga Choli:

This type of Lahenga choli comes in plain manner but  not plain and simple at all. This lahenga choli is made from plain fabric and with it multi coloured duppatta or heavy embroidered dupatta is given.

Here in this image, this lahenga choli is made of plain, cream coloured organza fabric with multi coloured embroidered net Duppatta. Here it is worn by bollywood actress kriti Kharbanda.

Layered Lahenga Choli:

This kind of lahenga choli used to have layered lahenga. This layered lahenga can be made from different colours, fabric or has different kind embroidery work done to differ the layers.

Here in this image Bollywood Actress Malaika Arora Khan is wearing layered lahenga choli made from blue coloured silk and net fabric with brown coloured heavy embroidery work over it.

Lahenga Choli with Jacket:

Now here comes the indo – western twist. This kind of lahenga choli usually has a lahnega and choli and at place of duppatta it comes with jacket. jacket comes of different lengths and fabrics.

This Lahenga choli is made of raw silk fabric which is of black colour. This lagenga choli has a jacket in stead of traditional duppatta. It has got mirror work done over it.

Silk Lahenga Choli:

Silk lahenga choli is made from any silk threads such as banarasi silk, kerala silk, cotton silk, raw silk and so on.

In this image silver coloured lahenga choli made from silk fabric is worn by bollywood actress Sana Khan.

So here was the brief information about indian traditional wear lahnega choli and duppatta.

Jewellery and Accessories:

Different kind of jewellery can be wore here with this outfit. Sometimes female chose to wear only long, heavy jhumkhas or sometimes the whole jewellery sets, depends on the occasions. As an accessories potli purse, which can be made from same fabric of lahenga and choli and high heels goes best.

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