The Surprising Traditional History of Indian Sari

May 04, 2021
The Surprising Traditional History of Indian Sari

History of Indian Sari

For Indian women who have been enclosing themselves by silk, cotton, or linen for centuries, these fabrics are something beyond basic clothing. They're images of public pride, envoys for customary, craftsmanship, and a great representation of the rich history in India's 29 states.

Indian sari has its own appeal and imagination of grace. It conceals the personality of every woman wearing it. These Indian sari are the oldest traditional attire known for its weaving methods and spinning designs.

Sarees were first mentioned in the Rig Veda Hinduism book dated to 3,000 BC. It has been mentioned a draped garments to show up the Indian sculptures in 6th centuries. Sarees were useful due to hot climate of India well-known in both Hindu & Muslim communities.

Sarees during the Indus valley civilization

The earliest record in India found for sarees are during the Indus valley civilization, where the women wearing sarees. Cotton and the art of weaving of sarees came to India from Mesopotamian civilization.

Sarees during the Aryans

Later on, the Aryans in India sets a milestone for changing the history of India. They adopted the style of draping the cloth around the waist. Women started wearing colorful sarees with embroidered sarees designs.

Sarees during the Persians and Greeks

Greek used to wear a belt like cloth and the Persians wore cloths that held together at the shoulder & were belted at the waist. These styles fascinated Indian women and they started the belt with sarees and blended the design. Persians were said to be the first one to bring the stitching art in India. During this period, the culture of wearing tight fitting blouse was introduced. The women of that time wore gem encrusted fabrics with pearls and precious stones.

Indian sari trend

The sareestradition is equally famous in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. India is one of the oldest countries in handicraft cultures. It’s a country of dyeing, printing, silk weaving. The oldest wooden looms are located in the city of Varanasi and famous for making Banarasi silk sarees in red color with metallic zari thread.

In west Bengal, Balchuri sarees are trim based on designs which are inspired by the terracoptta temple walls. Every design on the Indian sari tells a story of people and culture of the country which is a unique thing about sarees. In the rural areas of India, many women still wrap themselves in the cotton, linen, and other fabrics for everyday wear. Whereas in modern cities, there are vibrant designs, colors and patterns that women wear for wedding and other parties.

The intriguing fact about Indian sari is there are hundred ways to drape a saree depending upon the religion, cast and also the fabric. Now a days, the youngest generations also want to drape the sarees and experiment with new looks and fashion.     

Sarees are the oldest unstitched garment from the past and it’s the most sensuous, glamorous wear for women and canvases artistic weaves, prints, jeweled & gold-silver embellishments. Even the sarees styling took the center stage when it was draped in mostly Bollywood movies. Representing generations of generations and portraying the attractive styling. 

The Indian shoppers & tourist find themselves overwhelmed with great designs and candy-colored stacks of silk, cotton and chiffon sarees. These sarees starts from minimum of Rs. 500 to goes up to 10,000 as well. Some of the pure silk sarees are the most royal and looks elegant are priced around Rs.50, 000 or more.  


Indian sari are the symbolic gesture of feminity and glamour look. Indians are always fascinating over wearing sarees and has lot of variations in colors, designs and styles of draping it. Today, Indian sari are famous attire for wearing on rituals and festivals and also is an representation of fashion and creativity.


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