Here we are celebrating the 74th Independence Day of India . When I think about India, lot of things comes to my mind; its culture diversity, dynamic history , rich heritage, democracy, unity and so on. But what really stands out for me is the most beautiful attire of the Indian women , “The Saree” . All outfits are great but nothing can match the elegance of a Saree!
Saree is an epitome of grace and charm for Indian women and looks absolutely stunning on every occasion. The diverse patterns , fabric and colours of sarees represent people’s belief, values and region the person comes from. It has always been indispensable and integral to Indian culture.
“Sarees have received international acclaim in the present times due to their unparalleled charm” and demand all across the globe. It is perfect attire who wants to add style and grace to their lifestyle.
You can see many international celebrities adorning Indian saree with pride. To name a few Madonna, Oprah Winfrey ,Julia Roberts, Michele Obama and many more.
Sarees have made deep inroad into the fashion with people exploring new fashion statements as there are multitudes of exciting options available. The credit goes to our skilled and professional craftsmen showing their brilliant craftsmanship and artistic finesse to make saree look better than ever before. Saree is one attire if worn differently can give you variety of looks.
Sarees are not only worn during festivities but also considered as most elegant and stylish formal attire. Do not underestimate professionalism a saree bring to a work place. In fact it’s a lot more appealing outfit than the much hyped blazers and suits. Pick a right saree. Style it. Go on about flaunting. The saree you wear at your professional place should look effortlessly stylish, highly comfortable and speak your attitude. There are different ways by which you can make it look more formal for example by wearing a collared blouse or adding third layer to it like a blazer or a jacket. Sarees worn on formal setting mostly have firm fabric with subtle colours. There is a international style scale which defines formal dressing. Level four is considered as highest level of formal dressing, so when saree is worn with same colour blazer it gives the highest level of authority while level three is casual business wear , where a saree is worn with contrast blazer . So how you want to portray your image also depends hugely on the way you dress up.
The history of Sarees dates back to the ancient times as its use has been mentioned in the scared Indian epics like Mahabharata and the Ramayana. The word Saree is also spelled as Sari which has been derived from the Prakrit word “sattika” , which finds mention in the early Bhuddhist literature. The word was further called as Sati and then evolved into Sari.
The use of colours in sarees symbolize different virtues, qualities and themes. In India many women chooses the colour based on astrological calculations, so different colour are worn on different days as well.
Red : Symbolize dominance and passion, draped on special occasions.
Blue : Symbolize peace and calm, draped when women wants to stand out in crowd.
Orange : Symbolize freshness and brightness, draped on sunny days.
Yellow : Symbolize optimism, light and warmth, draped on special occasion mostly at day time.
Green : Symbolize fertility and prosperity, draped on outdoor parties.
Black : Symbolize elegance and power, draped mostly on formal occasions.
Pink : Symbolize romance and femininity ,draped ideally on intimate occasions.
White : Symbolize peace and purity, draped on special occasion at day time.
I have complied a list of traditional sarees of Indian states that absolutely must be there in your wardrobe. They will just look beautiful even if you are not a saree person.
Banarsi Silk Saree from Uttar Pradesh
Kasavu Saree from Kerala
Paithani Silk Saree from Maharashtra
Bandhani and Patola Saree from Gujrat
Chanderi Saree from Madhya Pardesh
Muga Silk Saree from Assam
Leheriya and Kalamkari Saree from Rajasthan
Jamdani Saree from Bengal
Sambalpuri Ikat Saree from Odisha
Pochampally Saree from Telangana
Baluchari Silk Saree from West Bengal
Phulkari Saree from Punjab
Chikankari Saree from Lucknow
A Saree never tells you to fit in, it makes you stand out. Lets Celebrate the 74th Independence day by giving tribute to our rich culture by adorning the most beautiful and elegant attire “The Saree“.
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