Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma, the 2 top leading Bollywood actresses have made a fashion statement by wearing a sarees at their respective wedding receptions in 2018. To think that the sari was a form of dress in the 2nd C and it has continued to be worn through the ages is a testimony to the fact that it is here to stay. Women all over South India, East Indian and western India wear sarees. Sarees are not the preferred garment in parts of North India, such as in Punjab & Kashmir.
Earlier, women wore skirts and a dupatta or a veil on top. Slowly these 2 garments merged to make a single piece of garment known as the sari. The sari is usually 5.5 meters or 6 yards in length and 2 meters wide. The nine yards saree is popular among older women in South India and the eight yard saree is worn by older women in Maharashtra.
The sari comes in a million varieties. Kanjivaram silk sarees, kanchi cotton sarees, Banarsi saees, Chanderi sarees, Paithani and patola sarees, Bengal cotton sarees, Bhandhini & bandhej sarees; in fact there are about 1000s of varieties of sarees that are available in India.
In addition, the texture of the sari, the work done on the saree is itself very interesting and it differs from region to region.
The Kanjivaram silk has a rich border made with melted gold or silver. The Ikaat or the Pochampally saree is made in the tie & dye method. The bandhej is a dotted fabric & the leheriya has stripes all over and the chikan work sari has light embroidery done all over. The Dhakai muslin is the lightest fabric to be woven as a saree. Such is the incredible variety of saree available in India.
The saree is worn with a blouse.