Nothing makes a woman look more beautiful like a saree does- Anonymous
Saree is a South Asian female garment that consists of a drape varying from 5 to 9 yards in length and 2-4 feet in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff. Saree is widely regarded as a symbol of grace in South Asian culture.
The history of saree is traced back to the Indus Valley Civilizations, which flourished between 2800 B.C -1800 B.C in the western part of the Indian subcontinent. Dyes (a natural or synthetic substance used to add a color to or change the color of something) used during that period are still being used till date particularly indigo, lac, red madder and turmeric. The earliest depiction of a saree in the Indian subcontinent is the Indus valley priest wearing a drape.
In India, different cultures have different distinctive ways of draping sarees. There are many beautiful colors available today and some of these colors have significance for certain occasions. Color plays an important role while choosing the saree, it could be for a specific occasion or the mood we are in. Here are some of the colors that have some significance:-
- Red – It is the color of celebration, love and weddings. It empowers and draws attention to the wearer. I personally love this color and with a gold, red or white blouse with gold embroidery work looks great.
- Green – Shades of green are calming and soothing and its a popular color in spring. It is emblematic of authenticity, harmony and trust. Green is also invigorating and has been found to lessen stress in those who look at it, isn’t that something we all like. It’s usually worn when you are embarking on something new or wish to turn over a new leaf.
- Black:- Black is one of my all time favorites. It represents elegance and versatility its mostly worn in the evenings/ nights. It signifies power, sincerity and responsibility.
- White:- White symbolizes peace, purity and simplicity. White helps in reducing feelings of disappointments. Draping a white saree gives a fresh and bright outlook. With a dark shade of blouse, it looks great for festivals and functions.
Over the past few decades sarees are just not an attire anymore, it’s become a common sight in the home around the world as a fashion accessories and as a home decor. Its woven into pillows, draped across a sofa and also used as wall art.
There are many symbols used in a saree, here are some of them :-
- Parrot- A romantic element, its considered as a symbol of passion.
- Elephant – An important element directly associate with a hindu god “Lord Ganesha”, the elephant motif represents water, fertility, royalty and regal power.
- Conch – In ancient India, conch shells were used as bugles in war. On a sari, it represents the gods of sounds.
- Rudraksha- One of the popular saree motifs, it symbolizes the eye of shiva. The name of the symbol is derived from a large evergreen tree that grows in the Himalayas and specifically the large seeds that fall from it. These seeds are used as prayer beads by Hindus.
There are several different kinds of materials used in a saree and some of the popular ones are Silk, Cotton, Georgette, Crepe, Chiffon etc.
Saree is super comfortable and stylish. It can be worn on any occasion. I enjoy wearing sarees on certain occasions, with an embroidery blouse and a great jewelry set (Gold, Silver, Pearls, Diamonds) this fashion apparel plus accessories will definitely turn heads 🙂