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The Indian Sari

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Fluorite-Green Banarasi Sari with Hand-Woven Booties and Plain Border
Pure Handloom Silk
Weaver Ansar Ali
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA21
Price: $495.00
Plain Silver-Gray Banarasi Sari with Designer Kadwa Anchal
Pure Silk Georgette
Weaver Kasim Family
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA22
Price: $325.00
Sunflower Yellow and Violet Sari with Kantha Stitched Embroidery and Sequins
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA23
Price: $265.00
Plain Flame-Orange Handloom Sari from Orissa
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA24
Price: $155.00
Angel-Blue Doria Sari with Printed Flowers and Gadwal Border
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA25
Price: $125.00
Snapdragon-Yellow Sari from with Lukhnavi Chikan Embroidery by Hand
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA26
Price: $145.00
Ceramic-Blue Handloom Sari from Banaras with Woven Lotus and Peacocks
Pure Silk
Weaver Kasim Family
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA27
Price: $525.00
Beige Kantha Sari from Kolkata with Hand Embroidered Birds and Flowers
Pure Tussar Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA28
Price: $285.00
Navy-Blue Banarasi Sari with Woven Booties and Brocaded Border
Art Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA29
Price: $65.00
Jellybean-Green Kanjivaram Sari with Brocaded Paisleys and Self Weave
Pure Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA30
Price: $495.00
Cloud-Cream Chanderi Sari with Hand-Woven Peacocks on Aanchal
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA31
Price: $225.00
Trekking-Green Bomkai Sari from Orissa with Rudraksh Border
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA32
Price: $115.00
Ming-Green Floral Print Sari from Surat with Patch Border
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA33
Price: $95.00
Tangerine-Orange Floral Print Sari from Surat with Patch Border
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA34
Price: $95.00
Plain Bronze-Mist Sari with Temple Border
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA35
Price: $45.00
Metallic Green Banarasi Sari with Hand-Embroidered Sequins and Beads
Satin
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA36
Price: $225.00
Bright-White Wedding Sari with Thread Embroidered Leaves and Patch Border
Net
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA37
Price: $225.00
Barberry-Red Jamdani Sari from Banaras with Hand-Woven Booties
Pure Silk
Weaver Ansar Ali
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA38
Price: $345.00
Cameo-Rose Banarasi Jamdani Sari with Brocaded Flowers All-Over
Pure Silk
Weaver Ansar Ali
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA39
Price: $345.00
Radiance-Blue Sari with Lukhnavi Chikan Embroidery by Hand
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA41
Price: $75.00
Jet-Black Sari with Crewel Embroidered Flowers and Patch Border
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA42
Price: $145.00
Crème Doria Sari with Woven Bootis
Pure Cotton
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA43
Price: $95.00
Rio-Red Bridal Sari with Thread Embroidered Flowers and Border
Chiffon
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA44
Price: $185.00
Peach-Pink Chanderi Sari with Hand Woven Flowers on Aanchal
Pure Cotton-Silk
Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size

Item Code: SDA45
Price: $175.00
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The Indian Sari
The etymology of the word sari or saree is from the Sanskrit word 'sati', which means strip of cloth. This evolved into the Prakrit 'sadi' and was later anglicised into sari (often spelled as saree).

Indian civilization has always placed a tremendous importance on unstitched fabrics like the sari and dhoti, which are given sacred overtones. The belief was that such a fabric was pure; perhaps because in the distant past needles of bone were used for stitching. Hence even to the present day, while attending pujas or other sacred ceremonies, the men dress up in dhotis while women wear the sari.

The Indian Sari, like so many other textiles, gives the lie to the hierarchical distinction made between fine arts and crafts. The approximate size of a sari is 47 by 216 inches. Although it is an untailored length of cloth, the fabric is highly structured and its design vocabulary very sophisticated. The main field of the sari is framed on three sides by a decorative frieze of flowering plants, figurative images, paisleys, or abstract symbols.

Two of the borders define the edges of the length of the sari and the third comprises the end piece, which is a more complex version of the other two borders. This end piece is the part of the sari that is draped over the shoulder and left to hang over the back or front, known popularly as the Pallu or Anchal.

The pallu usually elaborates the theme found in the two borders and the actual field of the sari, a sort of repetition and amplification in the manner of the Indian musical mode, the raga. This beautiful metaphor thus compares the two narrow borders to the introductory recital of the pure notes and the pallu to the song.

The design of the Indian Saree, whether woven, embroidered, painted or block-printed, needs to maintain the proportion and balance between the actual field of the sari, the borders and the pallu. The pattern creates its own rhythm.

Each sari in the modern era requires a matching set of blouse and underskirt for draping it. All saris in our collection come along with a matching blouse piece. You can also have the blouse and petticoat tailored to your custom measurements, at a nominal extra cost.

To provide your measurements, click on the Buy Now icon of the sari of your choice.

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