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The Indian Sari

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Hawaiian Ocean-Blue Sari with Hand-woven Lotuses All-Over
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD54
Price: $225.00
Golden-Olive Sari with Digital-Printed Sparrow on Anchal
Pure Silk Blended with Viscose
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Item Code: SDD55
Price: $350.00
Bridal-Magenta Paithani Sari with Hand-woven Peacocks on Pallu
Pure Silk
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Item Code: SDD56
Price: $425.00
Jet-Black Sari From Bangalore with Brocaded Paisleys and Flowers
Art Silk
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Item Code: SDD57
Price: $115.00
Ivory Jamdani Sari Hand-Woven in Kolkata
Pure Cotton
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Item Code: SDD59
Price: $155.00
Fern-Green Sari from Varanasi with Woven Flowers and Plain Border
Net
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD60
Price: $120.00
Magenta Sari from Banaras with Hand-Woven Apsaras on Aanchal
Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD61
Price: $225.00
Vanila Kantha Sari from Kolkata with Hand Embroidered Flowers and Fishes
Pure Tussar Silk
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Item Code: SDD62
Price: $245.00
Butternut and Deep Orchid Shaded Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Rajasthan with Woven Border
Pure Cotton
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Item Code: SDD63
Price: $50.00
Tomato-Red  Designer Sari with Large Flowers Embroidered in Golden Metalic Thread
Crepe
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Item Code: SDD64
Price: $180.00
Black Wedding Sari with All-Over Woven Flowers and Wide Paisley Border
Art Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD66
Price: $95.00
Cordovan Bridal Sari from Banaras with Metallic Thread Embroidered Sequins and Beads
Satin
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD67
Price: $225.00
Crystal-Blue Chikan Sari from Lucknow with Hand-Embroidered Flowers and Paisleys
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD68
Price: $70.00
Deep-Claret Bomkai Sari with Hand-woven Bootis
Pure Silk
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Item Code: SDD69
Price: $325.00
Brick-Red Banarasi Sari with Woven Flowers All-Over
Art Silk
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Item Code: SDD70
Price: $95.00
Winter-White Kasavu Sari from Kerala with Golden Border and Embroidered Baby Krishna
Pure Cotton
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Item Code: SDD71
Price: $70.00
Green-Haze Bomkai Sari from Orissa with Hand-woven Bootis and Rudraksha Border
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD72
Price: $295.00
Mailbu-Blue Sari from Kashmir with Sozni Embroidery by Hand
Crepe
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD73
Price: $75.00
Vanila-Custard Sari with All-Over Embroidered Booties
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD74
Price: $175.00
Phlox-Pink Chanderi Sari from Madhya Pradesh with Printed Flowers
Pure Cotton Silk
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Item Code: SDD75
Price: $95.00
Multi-Color Floral Printed Sari from Surat
Chiffon
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Item Code: SDD76
Price: $50.00
Gray Designer with Sari Ari Embroidered Flowers and Velvet Anchal
Satin
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD77
Price: $180.00
Topaz Sari from Kashmir with Floral Ari-Embroidery
Chiffon
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Item Code: SDD58
Price: $110.00
Green Banarasi Jamawar Sari with Tanchoi Weave
Art Silk
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Item Code: YC65
Price: $70.00
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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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