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The Indian Sari

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Royal-Lilac Banarasi Sari with Woven Flowers and Golden Border
Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC64
Price: $210.00
Tawny-Brown Banarasi Jamdani Sari With Woven Leaves  All-Over
Pure Silk
Weaver Ansar Ali
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Item Code: SDC65
Price: $375.00
Green and Red Patan Patola Sari from Gujarat
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC66
Price: $455.00
Lake-Blue Baluchari Sari from Kolkata with Hand-Woven Apsaras on Aanchal
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC67
Price: $405.00
Frosted-Almond Sari from Kolkata with Kantha Hand-Embroidered Flowers
Pure Tussar Silk
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Item Code: SDC68
Price: $375.00
Phantom-Black Banarasi Sari with Woven Dancing Peacock in Golden Thread
Silk
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Item Code: SDC69
Price: $215.00
Bright-Rose Chanderi Handloom Sari with Woven Flowers
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC70
Price: $225.00
Bright-White Sari From Kashmir with Ari-Embroidered Flowers
Georgette
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC71
Price: $110.00
Sable-Colored Bomkai Sari from Orissa with Hand-Woven Apsaras on Aanchal
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC73
Price: $105.00
Candy-Pink Banarasi Sari With Woven Flowers and Solid Border
Net
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC74
Price: $95.00
Green-Briar Chanderi Sari with Kalamkari Printed Motifs
Pure Cotton Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC75
Price: $85.00
Blue and Green Shaded Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Rajasthan with Woven Border
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC76
Price: $185.00
Ivory Kasavu Sari from Kerala with Woven Little Krishna on Pallu
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC77
Price: $90.00
Baroque-Rose Tant Sari from Bengal with Woven Flowers
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC78
Price: $115.00
Amazon-Green Banarasi Sari with Beads and Embroidered Flowers in Golden Thread
Satin
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC79
Price: $220.00
Bright-White Tangail Sari from Bengal with Woven Bootis
Pure Cotton
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Item Code: SDC80
Price: $155.00
Sudan-Brown Banarasi Sari with All-Over Woven Flowers
Tussar Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC81
Price: $115.00
Palm-Green Banarasi Jamdani Sari with Woven Floral Motifs and Brocaded Pallu
Pure Silk
Weaver Ansar Ali
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC82
Price: $345.00
Blue-Atoll Ikat Sari from Pochampally with Woven Stripes
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC83
Price: $115.00
Smoky-Grape Wedding Sari with Embroidered Sequins All-over
Georgette
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC84
Price: $70.00
Honeysuckle-Pink and Yellow Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Gujarat with Woven Border
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC85
Price: $55.00
Angel-Blue Sari with Embroidered Flowers in Multi-color Thread
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC86
Price: $165.00
Olive-Green Bomkai Sari from Orissa with Hand-Woven Bootis and Rudraksha Border
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC87
Price: $155.00
Lilac-Rose Banarasi Sari with Woven Paisleys and Wide Border
Net
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC88
Price: $275.00
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The Indian Sari
The etymology of the word sari or saree is from the Sanskrit word 'sati', which means strip of cloth. This evolved into the Prakrit 'sadi' and was later anglicised into sari (often spelled as saree).

Indian civilization has always placed a tremendous importance on unstitched fabrics like the sari and dhoti, which are given sacred overtones. The belief was that such a fabric was pure; perhaps because in the distant past needles of bone were used for stitching. Hence even to the present day, while attending pujas or other sacred ceremonies, the men dress up in dhotis while women wear the sari.

The Indian Sari, like so many other textiles, gives the lie to the hierarchical distinction made between fine arts and crafts. The approximate size of a sari is 47 by 216 inches. Although it is an untailored length of cloth, the fabric is highly structured and its design vocabulary very sophisticated. The main field of the sari is framed on three sides by a decorative frieze of flowering plants, figurative images, paisleys, or abstract symbols.

Two of the borders define the edges of the length of the sari and the third comprises the end piece, which is a more complex version of the other two borders. This end piece is the part of the sari that is draped over the shoulder and left to hang over the back or front, known popularly as the Pallu or Anchal.

The pallu usually elaborates the theme found in the two borders and the actual field of the sari, a sort of repetition and amplification in the manner of the Indian musical mode, the raga. This beautiful metaphor thus compares the two narrow borders to the introductory recital of the pure notes and the pallu to the song.

The design of the Indian Saree, whether woven, embroidered, painted or block-printed, needs to maintain the proportion and balance between the actual field of the sari, the borders and the pallu. The pattern creates its own rhythm.

Each sari in the modern era requires a matching set of blouse and underskirt for draping it. All saris in our collection come along with a matching blouse piece. You can also have the blouse and petticoat tailored to your custom measurements, at a nominal extra cost.

To provide your measurements, click on the Buy Now icon of the sari of your choice.

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