A (brief) History of Saris

Saris are the traditional outfits worn by Indian women. They consist of a petticoat, a blouse that is cropped at the midriff, and a piece of fabric that is draped around the waist and over the shoulder.

The word sari comes from the Sanskrit word śāṭī meaning “draped fabric.” The origin of the outfit stems from the hot climate of the Indian subcontinent and outfits like  the ones below have been around since as early as the 10th century.


As you can see, saris vary in color, style, and ornateness. And its very easy to express one’s personal style in a sari!

In diaspora, saris are generally worn on special occasions, such as Diwali.



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