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The Indian Sari

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Red-Bud Paan Patola Handloom Sari from Pochampally with Ikat Weave
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE69
Price: $455.00
Golden-Brown Patan Patola Ikat Sari from Gujarat with Woven Bootis
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE70
Price: $395.00
Dynasty-Green Wedding Sari with Embroidered Paisleys and Sequins
Georgette
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE71
Price: $235.00
Black and Green Handloom Sari from Pochampally with Ikat Weave
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE72
Price: $115.00
Peach-Bud Sari from Lucknow with Chikan Embroidery by Hand
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE73
Price: $70.00
Posy-Green Sari from Kolkata with Kantha Embroidery by Hand
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE74
Price: $295.00
Buff-Orange Jamdani Sari from Bengal with Woven Bootis
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE75
Price: $155.00
Raspberry-Sorbet Superfine Sari from Banaras with Wide Kadhwa Border
Pure Silk
Weaver Ansar Ali
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE76
Price: $695.00
Mazarine-Blue Banarasi Sari with Woven Birds in Zari Thread
Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE77
Price: $210.00
Windsor-Wine Handloom Chanderi Sari With Woven Peacocks on Aanchal
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE78
Price: $325.00
Vanilla-Ice Hand-Woven Sari from Bihar with Hand-Painted Madhubani Folk Motifs
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE79
Price: $175.00
Chili-Pepper Bandhani Tie-Dye Gharchola Sari from Gujarat
Satin
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE80
Price: $575.00
Olive-Green Banarasi Sari with Large Woven Flowers and Zari Weave
Art Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE81
Price: $205.00
Aqua-Sky Sari from Lucknow with Woven Stripes and Chikan Embroidery by Hand
Georgette
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE82
Price: $125.00
Lemon-Curry Ultralight Sari from Kashmir with Sozni Embroidery by Hand
Pure Crepe Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE83
Price: $495.00
Maroon and Black Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Gujarat with Woven Border
Georgette
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE84
Price: $135.00
Dark-Shadow Sari from Bihar with Hand-Painted Madhubani Folk Motifs on Aanchal
Pure Tussar Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE85
Price: $405.00
Pine-Green Sari from Bangalore with Woven Flowers and Brocaded Aanchal
Art Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE86
Price: $120.00
Wild-Rose Sari from Kashmir with Sozni Embroidered Maple Leaves by Hand
Pure Crepe Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE87
Price: $495.00
Ivory and Green Sari from Bangalore with Woven Bootis and Paisleys on Aanchal
Art Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE88
Price: $105.00
Red and White South-Cotton Sari with Woven Checks All-Over
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE89
Price: $45.00
Beet-Red and Blue Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Gujarat with Zari Weave on Aanchal
Gajji Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE90
Price: $145.00
Mimosa-Yellow Sari from Kolkata with Hand-Painted Flowers and Kantha Embroidery by Hand
Pure Tussar Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE92
Price: $305.00
Timber-Wolf Sari from Bangalore with Woven Bootis and Brocaded Aanchal
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDE94
Price: $270.00
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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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