Why You Should Feel Proud To Wear A Saree?
On this blog you have seen plenty of sarees – designer sarees, party wear collections, bridal wear collections, daily wear sarees, bollywood collection and so on. And I, Manpreet, have looked and examined each design very carefully. I have spent hours picking up some very awesome designs to showcase on this blog.
And all this time, I have been mesmerized by the kind of thing a ‘saree’ is. It is not like any other garment we wear. It isn’t like those extra costly branded clothing that is affordable by few in our country. A Saree is certainly a special and an important part of India.
To Indians, saree is nothing new. In fact, it is one of the most common dresses worn in India and each one of us knows about it. But did you ever think where did it all come from? Did you ever think how it all began? Aren’t you curious about knowing the history of sarees? I am.
That’s why I got up to find out something more about ‘saree’.
In ancient India, saree was called as ‘Sattika’ which referred to a woman’s attire. It is said that this ‘Sattika’ is modern world’s saree. The word ‘saree’ is a Sanskrit word which means a ‘strip of cloth’.
In the history of India, the earliest known description of Saree is from the Indus Valley Civilization where a priest’s statue is depicted wearing a ‘Saree’.
Do you know why the midriff is left bare by the Saree? Why was the saree designed in that way? Never thought about it, right? There is a reason why saree is draped in the way it is. The midriff is left bare because the navel that is revealed is considered to be the source of life and creativity.
But saree which we see today is the result of a long term evolution. During the 1st -6th century AD, saree was only worn by dancers and goddesses and looked mostly like a dhoti wrap. According to a number of sources, the actual costume consisted of a dhoti (Sarong) and a breast band. A wrap was occasionally used to cover the upper body part or head.
Modern one-piece saree is the combination of the dhoti, breast band and the wrap. You never thought about evolution of saree so seriously. Did you?
You might be wondering why we call the saree’s blouse a ‘choli’. Well, that happened during 10th century AD. It was tight fitted and short blouse covering the front while leaving the back bare. This kind of dress is still very common in Rajasthan.
In south India, women used only one piece of cloth to cover them up and it was like a saree without a blouse. But due to social revaluation, a big Upper Cloth Controversy took place and led to decline of this style of wearing sarees.
In the beginning, saree was mostly made of silk but now, as we all know, sarees are available in a number of fabrics and in number of colors. And once you have read the entire article, you would know this didn’t happen in a day.
It took a number of centuries, in fact more than 20 centuries, for sarees to get the status they have now. From now, when you wear a saree, feel proud of yourself for you are recognizing the efforts made by previous generation. You are wearing what they started.