Smart Ideas: Clothing Revisited
A female garment that comes from the Indian subcontinent that consists of a drape varying from five to nine yards is a saree. Sarees are wrapped around the waist with one end draped over the shoulder baring the midriff. The human abdomen is the midriff whereby its exposed by wearing clothes like some types of swim wear and crop top. There are various styles in sari manufacture and draping but the most common is the Nivi style which originated in Deccan region of India. A midriff baring blouse or upper garment that is worn together with the sari is the choli.
Ways of wearing a sari are many but the most common style is the sari is wrapped around the waist with the loose end of the drape to be worn over the shoulder baring the midriff. Nivi, Gujarati, Himalayan, Bengali and Odia, Maharashtrian, Nepal, Kodagu, Manipuri, Assamese, tribal styles, Kunbi styles and Khasi are the different ways of draping a sari. Tribal styles involve often securing by tying them firmly across the chest covering the breasts. Tying a knot in the fabric below the shoulder and a strip of cloth which crosses the left shoulder and is fastened on the back is the Kunbi style.
A three set garment is an Assamese style in which it has a veil and is worn with a long sleeve choli and the bottom portion is draped from the waist downwards. Ladies hailing from the Kodagu district wear the Kodagu style which involves creation of pleats in the rear instead of the front while the loose end of the sari is draped back to front over the right shoulder which is then pinned to the rest of the sari.
The Nepal style has different varieties of draping the sari however the most common is Nivi drape. A draping style that is worn without any pleats is Bengali and Odia. The loose end of the saree is let a little longer and goes around the body over the left shoulder in the Bengali style of draping.
The draping style of Gujarati involves tucking of the pleats similar to the Nivi style then the loose ends are taken from the back, draped across the right shoulder and pulled across to be secured in the back. Saris are worn due to several reasons and they include; practical role as well as decorative role. The harsh extreme temperature conditions shows the practical role of sarees. Comfortable clothing are made from use of cotton sarees which combat heat in the Indian subcontinent. The cotton material used in Indian sarees is Khadi.