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The Indian Sari

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Deep-Orchid Wedding Sari from Banaras with Hand-Embroidered Beads and Sequins
Satin
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB06
Price: $225.00
Parrot-Green and Blue Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Rajasthan with Embroidered Flowers and Sequins
Pure Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB07
Price: $175.00
Firecracker-Orange Paithani Sari with Hand Woven Peacocks on Anchal
Pure Silk
Weaver Azeem Khan
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB08
Price: $395.00
Jet-Black Pochampally Sari with Ikat Weave on Border and Anchal
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB10
Price: $455.00
Beige and Red Bomkai Sari from Orissa with Hand Woven Chakras and Rudraksh Border
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB11
Price: $145.00
Mustard-Gold Wedding Sari from Banaras with Zardozi Embroidered Paisleys
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB14
Price: $315.00
Plain Sari from Surat with Woven Stripes
Plain Sari from Surat with Woven Stripes
Plain Sari from Surat with Woven Stripes
Select Color
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB16
Price: $50.00


Swedish-Blue Baluchari Sari from Bengal Depicting Mythological Episodes
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB19
Price: $395.00
Violet-Quartz and Blue Ikat Sari Hand-Woven in Pochampally
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB21
Price: $275.00
Orange-Rust Bomkai Sari from Orissa with Hand Woven Chakras
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB22
Price: $175.00
Sea-Green Wedding Sari with Thread Embroidered Flowers and Sequins
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB23
Price: $225.00
Sunflower-Yellow Kantha Sari from Kolkata with Hand-Embroidered Flowers
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB24
Price: $295.00
Green and Red Ikat Wedding Sari Hand-Woven in Pochampally
Pure Silk
Weaver G. Vijayababu
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB25
Price: $415.00
Off-White Floral Print Sari with Plain Border
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB26
Price: $115.00
Beetroot-Pink Banarasi Sari with Hand-Woven Lotus and Golden Border
Pure Silk
Weaver Kasim Family, Banaras
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB28
Price: $375.00
Black and White Printed Sari from Surat with Patch Border
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB29
Price: $75.00
Jet-Black Chanderi Sari with Woven Flowers in Multi-Colored Thread
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB30
Price: $315.00
Poppy-Red Patan Patola Sari Hand-Woven in Gujarat
Pure Silk
Weaver Luvjibhai Vaghela
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB33
Price: $395.00
South-Cotton Sari with Woven Flowers on Border and Aanchal
South-Cotton Sari with Woven Flowers on Border and AanchalSouth-Cotton Sari with Woven Flowers on Border and Aanchal
South-Cotton Sari with Woven Flowers on Border and Aanchal
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Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB34
Price: $60.00


Garnet-Rose Banarasi Sari with Woven Paisleys and Roses on Border
Art Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDB09
Price: $95.00
Vineyard-Green Baluchari Sari from Bengal Depicting Mythological Episodes from Ramayana
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to SizeBlouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA77
Price: $425.00
Moonlite Mauve Baluchari Sari with Hand-Woven Dancing Apsaras on Aanchal
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to SizeBlouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA78
Price: $425.00
Black and Green Double Ikat Sari from Pochampally with Woven Squares
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to SizeBlouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA82
Price: $120.00
Vivid-Green Paithani Munia Sari with Hand-Woven Peacocks on Pallu
Pure Silk
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Item Code: SDA84
Price: $625.00
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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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