Sari,an elegant piece of unstitched cloth is the most favourite costume of Indian women. Apart from Indian women, ladies belong to Nepal and Bangladesh also wear Saris.
Sari is the national costume of India have a long and interesting history. The first depiction of Sari can be easily seen in sculptures dating back to 100 b.c.
Sari are generally of 5.5 to 9 yards in length and 42-49 in breadth. It also has an ornamental border and matching end piece. In India endless arrays of saris are available. Every sari has its special colors, patterns, weaving designs. Even one can easily witness wide variations in the draping style of saris also. All these elements has made Sari as one of the most fascinating costumes of our world.
Some outstanding varieties of Indian saris, which are weaved in various regions of India are
Kanchipuram Silk Sari- Named after a famous city of Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram silk saris are also very popular among the India women. This form of saris can be easily identified by their wide borders of colored threads, stripped style pallus woven in a simple tribal style. But, with the gradual passage of time, Kanchipuram weavers are now creating both ancient as well as modern designs or sometimes blending both the designs. To make the Kanchipuram saris, the silk is generally handspun and have heavier gauge.
Varanasi Silk Sari- As the name reflects, Varanasi Silk Saris are one of the most popular saris of India. These are highly in demand for the purpose of marriage or any other social gathering. This form of sari has an elaborate brocaded ornament, often infused with sparkling zari. These are woven on heavy gauge silk. Varanasi saris mostly displays delicate floral, architectural ornaments, figures and animal prints.
Vafta Sari-Produced in Madhya Pradesh, Vafta Sari is a mix of silk and cotton. These saris are mostly printed in subdued colors using traditional block printing.
Beside these saris, there are some more traditional saris well known for their patterns,colors and designs.