The six yards of dream - Saree, is not just a clothing material, but an element of glee for most of the women.
It is history! A history that goes back deep beyond our memory.
The Indian history talks about saree worn during the times of Indus Valley Civilization. It is more than 5000 years old. Women of India used Saree has their mode of clothing long before tailored clothes arrived.
One of such early references about saree dates back to 100 B.C. Saree was also mentioned in Rig Veda, one of the oldest surviving literature written around 3000 B.C. Imagine the women during the times of Indus Valley Civilization draped themselves in the saree. The styles of saree worn during the ancient times may not be the same as we see now, nor a blouse or choli was worn along with the saree in those times. Those were later additions after the British invading the India. Tailored clothes were introduced in India by the Muslims.
The origin of the word Saree traces its roots from the Sanskrit word 'sadi', which means, 'strip of cloth'.
Considering the stone-cut images of the gods and goddess, dating back 1st to 6th century, it is noticeable that the gods and goddess are wearing the Odissi Fishtail style of saree draping. The Odissi Fishtail style of saree draping is where the saree is draped around the leg and the Pallu is left to hang at the centre lengthwise. Similarly, many such old sculptures show the then prevailing styles of saree draping.
While wearing a saree, the midriff is left bare. This is because, the Hindus considers that the navel to be a source of life and creativity. In India, the idea of a beautiful woman is in her slim waist, large busts and hips. And, saree is sure to emphasize the above features in a woman, making her look beautiful and enchanting at the same time.
There are n number of saree draping styles in India currently. The style of draping varies as one moves across each state in India. It changes with the culture, religion and social status.