Over the years, a sari, which means ‘strip of cloth’ in Sanskrit, has evolved from being a cultural icon to becoming a fashion statement. It is still considered a crucial part of Indian culture, but the styling bit of it has modernized to keep up with the current fashion trends.
India is a huge country with people believing in different religions and traditions so, the way they dress is also different. Similarly, a simple strip of cloth can be draped in more than 80 ways. Interesting, right?
Not just that, the strip of cloth can be made of numerous materials too, such as cotton, silk, ikkat, block-print, georgette, and embroidery. Most sought after brocade silk saris include Banarasi, Chanderi, among many others. Block-print and tie-dyed saris such as Bandhani, Leheriya, and Kalamkari are widely popular too.
Saris are also worn as a uniform by female hotel staff of many five-star luxury hotels as well as air hostesses who work for Air India. With time, it became so popular that it is not only worn in India but also outside the Indian subcontinent.
So, let’s keep our culture and its beauty alive!
By: Tanishka Juneja, India