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The Indian Sari

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Frost-Blue Tie-Dye Bandhani Sari with Hand-Woven Paisleys on Aanchal
Pure Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA50
Price: $265.00
Authentic Paan Patola Double-Ikat Sari Hand-Woven in Pochampally
Pure Handloom Silk
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Item Code: SDA51
Price: $625.00
Irish-Green Kantha Sari from Kolkata with Hand-Embroidered Flowers
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA52
Price: $295.00
Bhagalpuri Sari with Printed Hand Mudras
Bhagalpuri Sari with Printed Hand MudrasBhagalpuri Sari with Printed Hand Mudras
Bhagalpuri Sari with Printed Hand Mudras
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Art Silk
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Item Code: SDA53
Price: $55.00


Marine-Green Printed Chanderi Sari from Madhya Pradesh
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA54
Price: $95.00
Twilight-Blue Chanderi Sari with Jute Weave on Anchal
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA55
Price: $275.00
Macaw-Green Chanderi Sari with All-over Woven Leaves
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA57
Price: $225.00
Jet-Black Designer Wedding Sari with Silver Embroidery in Metallic Thread
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA58
Price: $225.00
Fusion-Coral Ikat Sari Hand-Woven in Pochampally
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA59
Price: $195.00
Winter-White Kasavu Sari from Kerala with Embroidered Baby Krishna on Aanchal
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA60
Price: $75.00
Black and Yellow Patola Sari from Pochampally with Ikat Weave
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA61
Price: $275.00
Tri-color Sari from Surat with Stylized Printed Trees
Bhagalpuri Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA62
Price: $55.00
Cyber-Yellow Bridal Sari from Surat with Embroidery in Metallic Thread and Sequins
Georgette
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Item Code: SDA63
Price: $375.00
Foliage-Green Designer Wedding Sari with Metallic Thread Embroidered Booties and Patch Border
Chiffon
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Item Code: SDA64
Price: $115.00
Beeswax-Yellow Banarasi Sari with Hand Woven Lotuses
Pure Silk
Weaver Kasim Family
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Item Code: SDA65
Price: $425.00
Sachet-Pink Hand-Embroidered Chikan Sari from Lucknow
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA67
Price: $105.00
French-Blue Paan Patola Sari Hand-Woven in Pochampally Village
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA68
Price: $425.00
Cloud-Cream Kantha Sari from Kolkata with Hand Embroidered Birds and Patch Border
Pure Tussar Silk
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Item Code: SDA69
Price: $425.00
Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Jodhpur
Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from JodhpurBandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Jodhpur
Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Jodhpur
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Pure Chiffon
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Item Code: SDA70
Price: $155.00


Multi-Color Bhagalpur Sari with Geometric Print
Art Silk
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Item Code: SDA71
Price: $50.00
Forest-Green and Black Designer Wedding Sari with Patch Border and Sequins
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA72
Price: $75.00
Brilliant-Blue Kanjivaram Sari with Woven Flowers in Golden Thread
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA73
Price: $425.00
Jet-Black Wedding Sari with Embroidered Sequins and Flowers
Net
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to SizeBlouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA74
Price: $325.00
Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Jodhpur
Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from JodhpurBandhani Tie-Dye Sari from JodhpurBandhani Tie-Dye Sari from JodhpurBandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Jodhpur
Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Jodhpur
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Art Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SAZ42
Price: $35.00


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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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