The Fashion of India.

By: Leah Mills

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They can be very beautiful and elegant!


The sari is just a single length of cloth usually about 6 yds (5.5 m) with a decorative border along the lower edge with the other edge that falls over one shoulder. There so many different ways to wear a sari. You would usually wear it with an underskirt and a tight fitted top called a choli. They can vary from just a few to thousands and thousands of dollars! They can be either plain and simple cotton to shiny silk with as many beads and sparkly rhinestones as you can imagine! Saris can come in a great range of colors and styles. They are worn only by women and girls of all ages. They can be worn everyday and can sometimes represent a women's socio-economic status or religious affiliations. Most women in India wear their everyday cotton ones mostly but they keep their nice and more expensive ones for special occasions like weddings and other religious ceremonies that are special to them.

Interesting Facts!

Each region/state has their very own particular weave and style of design to their own saris. Cotton saris can be found just about everywhere in India while silk saris are actually a south India specialty. Brocade saris are special and woven with either gold or silver thread and they come specially from the city of Varanasi. The colors that are woven into saris have some symbolism and significance too.

Colors of Saris:

  • White: Priest use this color in their saris because the thought of dyeing them are impure. White saris are also a sign of mourning so widows and people at funerals wear them.
  • Red: It is usually associated with the warrior class so it is a sign of valor. Today red saris are mostly worn by brides of all castes all over India. Red is regarded as auspicious because it can be associated with many emotional and sexual qualities.
  • Green: It was associated with the merchants class but today it expresses Islamic beliefs but is also popular in Muslim groups.
  • Blue: It is associated with farmers, artisans, weavers, and manual laborers so the high caste Hindus avoid this color because the fermentation process to create indigo was ritually impure.
  • Black: This color is considered as reflecting sorrow and ill omen. Not many saris are made in this color.
  • Yellow: It is traditionally regarded as religion and asceticism since saffron yellow or orange is the color for Saints. On the first day of a Hindu wedding the bride and groom are washed in turmeric paste to ritually purify their bodies. Also a mother wears a yellow sari on the first 7 days of a child's birth.

Some History about Saris.

Saris have a very long history in India. The first depictions of the sari was found on sculptures dating all the way back to 100 b.c. its one of India's major product that was exported out of the country made of fine Indian silks. It had made huge wealth for the country from exporting to all over the world. In the 19th century, the weaving industry of India was badly hit by the many imports of foreign cloth. India wasn't as wealthy as it used to be from all of the imports and something needed to be done fast. Gandhi, a major leader in the freedom movement made a very popular campaign. It was to stop everyone that was part of the movement from buying any sort of foreign cloth. They could only buy Indian made cloth from Indian textiles or to make there own. The campaign worked and had helped India's freedom in many ways from Britain. The sari has changed over many years. In the earlier years it used to be simple homespun cloth but now it has become a fashion statement all over the world. From plain cotton, it has become shiny silks to very sheer materials that lots of girls and young women wear today all the time.
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Did You know?...

  • Not just Indian cloth is in demand in the West but also Indian fashions. Many of the World's fashion designers use the same shimmering colors, flowing materials, and shapes of traditional Indian clothes in their latest collections.

  • The word sari came from the Prakrit word sattika, which is mentioned in the early buddhist literature. The word was shortened to sati which eventually became sari.



India: Grover, Razia. India. New York: DK Publishing Inc., 2002. print

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