Thursday, June 2, 2011

Amazing .. Beautiful .. Surprising .. Sari

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.

Street Scene in Jaipur

Vacationing at City Palace in Udaipur

Leaving Hindu Temple in Udaipur

Woman at Work

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.

Saris with
Modern 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.

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

Celebrating Togetherness

Here are just a few beautiful saris (click for slideshow) and the women who wear them.

Celebrating Togetherness... with no Sorrys

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