History of Saree
Evolving from Prakrit word 'SATTIKA', 'SARI' is mentioned as early as in Jain and Buddhist literature.
The history of Indian clothing trace the sari back to the Indus Valley Civilization, which flourished during 2800-1800 BCE around the western part of the Indian subcontinent.
Ancient Tamil poetry such as the Silappadhikaram and the Kadambari by Banabhatta, describes women in exquisite drapery or saree. It is generally accepted that wrapped sari-like garments, shawls, and veils have been worn by Indian women for a long time, and that they have been worn in their current form for hundreds of years.
A charming folktale explains...
"The Sari, it is said,
was born on the loom of a fanciful weaver.
He dreamt of woman.
The shimmer of her tears.
The drape of her tumbling hair.
The colors of her many moods.
The softness of her touch...
All these he wove together.
He couldn't stop.
He wove for many yards.
And when he was done.
The story goes; he sat back and smiled
and smiled and smiled..."
Throughout India various styles of sarees are worn like KANCHIPURAM in Tamil Nadu and Mysore, NIVI in Andhra Pradesh, MUNDUM NERYATHUM in Kerala, MADISAARA Madisaara style of Brahmin ladies from Tamil Nadu & Kerala, GOND in Central India and so on...
How to drape a saree
It is the most popular drape in India. Women everywhere see this drape as the fashion norm.
This drape is a variation of Nivi and is seen in Gujarat. It is popular in weddings and is also seen in Hindi serials.
You will see this drape in the middle of Kolkata, worn mostly by village women or older city dwellers. Traditionally the pallu end was weighed down with a house key— usually of the heavy skeleton variety. This drape looks most authentic with Bengali hand-loomed sarees.
KERALA MUNDU DRAPE
A two piece saree with a beautiful tribal elegance. It is worn many ways in Kerala, from the formal style depicted in this section to the most delightful combinations of batiks on the bottom and an old tained handloomed towel as the mundu,which means towel in Malayalam.
This style looks great with classic handlooms with wide borders and traditional striped pallu. Lighter fabrics work better for this style as there are many small pleats in the front. This sari wrap is worn without petticoat, as the sari border will be passed between the legs and tucked in the back waist to form a sort of pant look.