The climate of a country plays a vital
role at least in the nature and mode of
wearing costume. But the nature and
mode of wearing clothes are governed
not only by the climate, but also by the
natural resources available in_ that
The present work is intended to give
an account of the "Traditional wear of
Indian women", ‘Sari’ as far as possible.
But the history of Indian costume is
laconic. There are long periods for
which next to nothing is known in the
realm of costume. The contribution of
the costume of the Indus valley civilization is very little, but information is
slowly gathered. In the matter. of the
costume draped, dress was known but
the tailored dress is known from the
period particularly the Kusdnas and the
These people came with a new type
of dress. Some elements of which were
incorporated in the national costume of
some classes and have remained an
integral part of Indian dress.
Saris are much’ more practical than
we think especially since they can be so
easily modified. Draping is an art. Yet
now only a few old women know how
to do draping in a traditional way; of
course, tradition is a relative term, a
process of assimilation, adaptation and
exchange rather than a constant
unchanging reference point in the past.
Modern drape (modern style) is now
worn by most Indian women.
To a large extent Saris are also the expression of women’s creativity and
could inspire anyone. I should say that drapes have many advantages over stitched
clothes, especially when beauty is an important value. Saris are much more
practical than we think especially since they can be so easily modified. Draping is
an art. Yet now only a few old women know how to do draping in a traditional
way; of course, tradition is a relative term, a process of assimilation, adaptation
and exchange rather than a constant unchanging reference point in the past.
Modern drape (modern style) is now worn by most Indian Women. Few even
bother to learn from their grandmothers how to attire themselves traditionally.
Draping is a part of the world’s heritage, which might very well be lost forever, if
we give up our traditional garment for western clothes. Of all the arts that have
flourished in India, one of the least known and studied art is that of draping. This
is the more extraordinary because it is a unique art which offers special insights
into the ethnology and the archaeology of India, during the periods in which it
developed. At its heart is Hinduism, whose preference for unstitched clothing for
both religious and social reasons fostered the growth and development of the Sari.
Knowledge of sewn garments was known since vedic times. But it is very
surprising that the Indian culture developed the act of wrapping a piece of cloth
around the body that surpassed the people of different parts of the world, because
they were under the impression that the Sari (traditional wear of Indian Women)
is difficult to sew for the tailors.
I am regretfully aware of the fact that inspite of best care a few mistakes of
Proof reading and diacritical marks crept into this work. I crave the indulgence of
the scholars for these lapses.
Except poet Rajashekar, the Sanskrit literature has never described the
draping of Sari. He has given hints for three to four styles, the women of different
provinces drape their saris in a special way, using a piece of cloth from 3 meters
to 9 meters long.
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