India: How to Tie a Sari

About the Sari

A sari, saree or sharee is a women’s garment from the Indian subcontinent that consists of an unstitched drape that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, covering a larger portion of the midriff.

Supplies

  • Fabric: 4 to 9 meters in length and 24 to 47 inches in breadth 
  • Short blouse, usually above the belly button (you can also wear a pre-stitched crop top)
  • Petticoat- a woman’s light, loose undergarment hanging from the waist, worn under a sari to keep it in place (ties at the waist and is the length of a sari)
     
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Women's Sari
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Instructions

Step 1
Start by tucking material (usually the plain/nondecorated part of the fabric) into the petticoat near the belly button and wrap first layer around the body waist until you reach where you first started (you can use a safety pin to hold material in place with the petticoat).

Step 2
Now begin making pleats approximately 3 inches long holding the pleats between pointer finger and thumb (again use safety pin on pleats to hold them together) and then tuck pleats into petticoat.

Step 3
Make one last wrap around the body with the sari and once you are back to where plates are, you may have the remaining pahla (end material) hanging and flowing off the right shoulder or pleat and pin to shoulder and have pahla hanging in back.

Now complete the look by wearing a bindi on your forehead, jewelry and bangles.
 

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Women's Jewelry and Sari

 

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Women's Slippers

 

About India

India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the second- most populous country, the seventh-largest country by land area, and the most populous democracy in the world. India is a secular federal republic governed in a democratic parliamentary system. It is a pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society. 

Culture

The culture of India or Indian culture, sometimes equated to Indian civilization, is the heritage of social norms, ethical values, traditional customs, belief systems, political systems, artifacts and technologies that originated in or are associated with the Indian subcontinent.  India is also known for its traditional Indian fabrics. Comfortable in use and distinctive in designs, Indian cotton fabric is purely handmade and very popular outside the country. 

Food

Indian cuisine consists of a variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to the Indian subcontinent. Given the diversity in soil, climate, culture, ethnic groups, and occupations, these cuisines vary substantially and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. 
 

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