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The Indian Sari

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Fern-Green Handloom Sari from Bangalore with Self-Weave and Golden Border
Pure Crepe
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC89
Price: $215.00
Pearled-Ivory Doria Sari with Woven Bootis
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC90
Price: $90.00
Strong-Blue Plain Pure Silk Sari from Karnataka with Woven Temple Border
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC91
Price: $325.00
Brick-Red Plain Bridal Sari with Golden Thread Weave on Border
Pure Crepe Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC92
Price: $295.00
Nile-Green Tant Sari from Bengal with Woven Chakras
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC93
Price: $135.00
Yolk-Yellow Kantha Sari from Kolkata with Embroidered Zigzag Stripes
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC94
Price: $295.00
Crown-Blue Baluchari Sari from Kolkata with Depicting Hindu Mythological Episodes
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC95
Price: $425.00
Ivory and Green Shaded Lukhnavi Chikan Sari with Embroidered Flowers by Hand
Pure Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC96
Price: $195.00
Brown and Pink Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Gujarat with Brocade Border
Pure Gajji Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC97
Price: $155.00
Dahlia-Colored Traditional Banarasi Sari with Woven Bootis and Brocaded Aanchal
Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC98
Price: $115.00
Antique-White Sari with Printed Flowers and Ari-Embroidery
Crepe
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDC99
Price: $245.00
Viridian-Green Jamdani Sari from Bengal with Woven Paisleys
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD01
Price: $155.00
Copper-Brown Plain Shimmer Sari with Temple Border and Sequins
Georgette
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD02
Price: $180.00
Gray and Pink Sari with Batik Print and Embroidered Blouse
Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD03
Price: $180.00
Triple-Shaded Designer Wedding Sari with Sequined Border and Floral Embroidered Blouse
Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD04
Price: $180.00
Sea-Green Banarasi Sari with Woven Flowers on Border and Pallu
Art Silk
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Item Code: SDD05
Price: $50.00
Taos-Taupe Bangalore Silk Sari with Woven Bootis and Brocaded Pallu
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD06
Price: $275.00
Royal-Blue Bandhani Tie-Dye Gharchola Sari from Gujrat with Golden Thread Weave
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD07
Price: $315.00
Rosewood-Red Kantha Sari from Kolkata with Embroidered Flowers
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD08
Price: $305.00
Egret-White Banarasi Net Sari With Golden Thread Weave and Flowers Woven All-Over
Net
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD09
Price: $95.00
Metallic-Colored Sari from Bangalore with Woven Leaves and Brocaded Aanchal
Art Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD10
Price: $105.00
Oasis-Green Banarasi Handloom Sari With Woven Lotuses
Pure Silk
Weaver Ansar Ali
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD11
Price: $210.00
Whisper-White Kasavu Sari from Kerala with Woven Peacocks and Paisleys on Aanchal
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD12
Price: $80.00
Orange Sari with Printed Loepard-Spots and Embroidered Patch Border
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD13
Price: $80.00
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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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