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Characteristics of a saree:
There are sarees to match every mood and every occasion to suit every budget. It is a rectangular piece of unstitched fabric which is draped in a very fascinating manner. This garment is in style for over 5000 years for the simple reason of its simplicity and practical usage. The length of the fabric is 6 yards or 5 meters long. This is a one piece of clothing which fits all either fat or thin, short or tall. Based on how you drape the sari, you can ingeniously conceal the extra flab or fat. The traditional 6 yard sari allows for generous pleating, and draping around the body and over the shoulders giving much comfort that you can even run a marathon in this without any problem.

Saree is the most popular women's wear in India since early days. It's a long fabric measuring 115 cm x 420 cm. around 6 yards that is used to cover the entire body of a woman from foot to neck along with other accessories like blouse and slips etc. Saree is made of fabrics like cotton, silk, or synthetic fibers. There are large variety of sarees found in India which differs in their motif design, texture, substance and in many other aspects. Saree is nothing but a long drape dyed and painted with fascinating colors and pigments to attract the viewers. However it is the essence of women's fashion in India which gives perfect beauty and looks to each and every pretty women. It comes in the Hindu mythology one of the epic of Mahabharat where Draupadi Vastraharan where he queen of Pandavs wearing a never ending long drape that Dusasan could not part it entirely from her body. However, one could imagine how old the history of Indian drapes or saree is. Since it has been recorded that spinning yarns and weaving fabrics was known to the ancient people of Sindhu civilization who had discovered cotton and also learned to grow and spin and weave silk from the Chinese people. A single drape was worn by both the man and women in those day but in course of time the drapes for men became comparatively shorter and they used to cover only their lower parts from waist at work and home as well. On the other hand, drapes for the women became longer as they have to cover their body from foot to neck all the times. By passage of time painting and dyeing fabrics with many colors and pigments derived from the vegetable and other sources were put in use by the weaver which was intensely liked by the womenfolk.

In India , one and all state have their own traditional sort of sarees. The sarees have some common features even if they differ entirely in design motif and other aspects. The shared texture is meant to guard against the evil eye, misfortune, infertility, marital dispute and others. Sarees are available in all varieties such as cotton, silk and synthetic. These can also be classified into many categories according to the work done i.e. embroidery, zari etc. and purpose of the saree i.e. daily wear, party wear, bridal wear and so on Starting from the northern India we can say that it is the center of saree export from India . Varanasi is well known as the giant saree production center of India . Khinchabs and Amru brocades are made here. The Zari in the Khinchabs almost overshadow the original silk. The Amru brocades are woven in silk, not in zari thread where a typical Amru brocade is the Tanchoi. These are woven in all shades of red, orange and yellow. Similarly, south India has Kanjeevaram sarees are hand-woven silks, with unique practice in Tamil Nadu. Kornad sarees are also famous here. Karnataka is known for llkul Sarees which is made in e earth colors of rust, mustard, green and ochre, and woven with zari besides this Mysore crepe, Mysore silk or the Chamundi silk are also known far and wide. Muslin sarees made in Kerala for bridal wear are also very chic.

Eastern India has very famous sarees like Baluchari sarees of Murshidabad, the dhoop- chhaon sarees of Bishnupur West Bengal and other wedding sarees. Baavanbuti sarees of Bihar with 52 motifs and Vichitrapuri sarees of Orissa is a wedding saree with ikkat; works are renowned. Pasapalli or the Saktapar are the other sarees from Orissa. Equally the western India has sarees like paithani or shallu with gold zari work and Astapuri saree of Maharastra is well known. The Gharchola and Bandhini viz.tie-and-dye motifs of Gujrat and Rajasthan finest sarees of India . Panetar Saree is also made in the region with gold zari work.

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