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The Indian Sari

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Hibiscus-Red Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Jodhpur with Brocaded Flowers
Pure Crepe Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD15
Price: $275.00
Cream and Brown Bomkai Sari from Orissa with Woven Rudraksh Border
Pure Cotton
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Item Code: SDD16
Price: $115.00
Hyacinth-Violet Banarasi Sari with Woven Temple Border in Golden Thread
Silk
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Item Code: SDD17
Price: $210.00
Lint-Green Sari from Bangalore with Woven Bootis and Brocaded Aanchal
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD18
Price: $305.00
Peach-Fuzz Sari from Kashmir with Floral Ari-Embroidery
Chiffon
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Item Code: SDD19
Price: $110.00
Banarasi Sari with Woven Bootis All-Over
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Banarasi Sari with Woven Bootis All-Over
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Art Silk
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Item Code: SDD20
Price: $65.00


Vineyard-Green Banarasi Sari with Woven Leaves in Golden Thread
Art Silk
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Item Code: SDD21
Price: $90.00
Ivory Baluchari Sari from Bengal with Woven Border and Aanchal
Pure Cotton
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Item Code: SDD22
Price: $165.00
Jet-Black Designer Sari with Floral Embroidered Patches
Net
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Item Code: SDD23
Price: $225.00
Dark-Green Sari from Kolkata with Kantha Embroidery by Hand
Pure Silk
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Item Code: SDD24
Price: $295.00
Green and White Ikat Sari from Pochampally with Woven Checks
Pure Cotton
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Item Code: SDD25
Price: $155.00
Cream and Blue Shaded Designer Shimmer Sari with Floral Embroidery
Georgette
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDD26
Price: $180.00
Sharon-Rose Patan Patola Sari from Gujarat with Ikat Weave
Pure Silk
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Item Code: SDD27
Price: $385.00
Nugget-Colored Handloom Chanderi Sari With Woven Paan and Golden Border
Pure Cotton-Silk
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Item Code: SDD28
Price: $230.00
Turquoise and Blue Bandhani Tie-Dye Sari from Jodhpur with Woven Border
Pure Cotton
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Item Code: SDD29
Price: $55.00
Verdant-Green South Cotton Sari with Woven Stripes and Thread Weave on Border
Pure Cotton
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Item Code: SDD30
Price: $40.00
Teal and Pink Sari with Printed Leopard-Spots and Embroidered Patch Border
Chiffon
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Item Code: SDD31
Price: $80.00
Nugget and Taupe Shaded Sari with Digital-Printed Roses
Crepe
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Item Code: SDD32
Price: $45.00
Yellow and Black Designer Sari with Embroidered Patch Border and Crystals
Art Silk
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Item Code: SDD33
Price: $180.00
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
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
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
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Item Code: SDC95
Price: $425.00
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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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