India has generously given us many memories, lessons and alternate points of view. But one of the most unforgettable and ubiquitous images we will take home is that of the ever-beautiful sari. The sari is as old as the civilization of India and records of it's use go back to before the time of Christ.
|Resting at the Amber Palace|
|Garland Making at Hindu Temple in Udaipur|
Saris are unstitched and uncut rectangular pieces of cotton, silk or even synthetic fabrics. They come in a variety of lengths, designs and colors with fabrics that are handwoven, embroidered or block printed.
The traditional sari has many tucks and drapes that women fasten with special pins. The more western influenced patterns have readymade tucks and structured draping.
The color of the fabric, the motif and pattern of embroidery, as well as the draping style a woman uses communicates her regional identity, her social and family status, as well as her individual personality.
|Street Scene in Jaipur|
|Vacationing at City Palace in Udaipur|
|Leaving Hindu Temple in Udaipur|
|Woman at Work|
|Saris with |
Modern Structured Draping
|Woman of Lowest Caste in Bombay|
|Woman of Highest Caste in Mumbai|
|Village Woman Collecting Water|
In India, when encountering a woman in a sari, one can determine her religion and her socio-economic standing, whether she is mourning a loss of a loved one or if she is celebrating a life event.
|Woman in Mourning|
Here are just a few beautiful saris (click for slideshow) and the women who wear them.
|Celebrating Togetherness... with no Sorrys|