Celebrate World Saree Day with Tulsi Silks
History of Saree
The word saree comes from the Sanskrit word ‘sati’ which means a strip of cloth and ‘sattika’ which means women’s attire. The journey of Indian traditional dress started with the cultivation of cotton in the Indus Valley Civilisation around 2800-1800 BC. Saree evolved from the three-piece costume consisting of Antariya - the lower garment covering the legs, Uttariya - the upper garment covering the chest, and Stanapatta - the veil over the head.
The saree has a rich cultural history that reflects the diverse influences that have shaped South Asian societies over the centuries. In ancient India, sarees worn by women were often made of fine silk and other luxurious materials. In the medieval period, sarees became associated with the royal courts and were worn by royal women as a symbol of their status.
Traditionally sarees were made of silk and cotton and the prominent ones that were famous geography-wise were Kanjivaram, Banarasi, Pochampalli, Patola, Bandhani, Mysore silk, Uppada, Gadwal, Paithani, and Ikat silk sarees. These sarees were also dyed using colours that were naturally extracted from plants like Turmeric, Indigo and various flowers.
Evolution of Saree
During the Mughal rule, the saree started to evolve in terms of design and drapes and they started traditional embroidery on sarees and stone embellishments that increases the royalness of the Indian dress.
With the evolution of time when Industrialisation started during the British era, different textiles were used in the making of sarees and synthetic dyes were introduced by the Britishers and chemical dyes were used to make sarees in a myriad of colours and even printing of different designs and motifs made saree an even more popular dress and the first Indian international dress. It is during the British era that it became a norm to wear a blouse and petticoat under the saree.
World Saree Day
World Saree Day marks the annual celebration of Sarees which falls on the 21st of December. This day is celebrated to honour and uphold the tradition, culture, heritage and craftsmanship of India.
The saree is the only Indian dress that has been maintained and evolved with time as a standard dress in every woman’s wardrobe. Although made of different fabrics, weaved in different ways, draped in different styles, designed in different methods and dyed in multiple ways, the saree remains the most loved Indian garment to date and carries so much meaning and value in every culture across India.
You cannot see a single religious or special occasion in India that does not involve sarees. Till today saree holds the whole identity of an Indian woman no matter where in the world she wears it. It is only fair to celebrate sarees with a day dedicated to them.
Tulsi Silks Sarees
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Read our other blogs to know more about the beauty of the different types of sarees.