Wearing Indian Saree in Tamil Style


A charming folktale explains…
The Saree, it is said, was born on the loom of a whimsical weaver. He dreamt of a Woman. The sparkle of her tears, the drape of her tumbling hair, the colors of her numerous moods, the smoothness of her touch. All these he wove together. He couldn’t discontinue. He wove for several yards. And when he was done, the story goes; he sat back and smiled and smiled and smiled.”

In India, the majority of women wear a saree. The saree is an extensive piece of cloth about a meter wide and 5 to 5 1/2 meters long. The saree is draped over a long skirt. A tight fitting blouse called a choli is worn on the upper part of the body. The saree draping style is aboriginal for different parts of the country. Wearing the Indian saree in Tamil style can be done in two ways:

Dravidian style: The classic Dravidian sari is the “veshti-mundanai”, which is draped in two parts: The veshti wraps the lower body, while the mundanai, or mundu, is an add-on to the veshti. The draping of the veshti is rather easy as it draped like a towel about the waist and is usually 4 yards in length. This is then folded in half along the length. The mundunai is typically one yard in width and two yards in length. Some of these sarees are markedly characterized by a pleated rosette also called pinkosu at the waist.

Madisaara Style: This saree draping style is common among the Brahmin ladies of Tamil Nadu and other parts of south India. This style of sari is worn on celebratory occasions or ceremonies and since the style of draping this sari is unlike the other styles; nine-yard sari is essential to wear this style. The Madisar sari is draped in the following way: The sari is precisely wrapped around the waist, with the one end of sari on the right side, while the rest of the saree on the left. A knot is tied at the left waist tightly. The remaining sari is gathered near the waist. Then a bit of the fabric is tidily slipped into the right side of the waist. The end of the sari is then pleated into folds and tucked into the waist. The rest of the fabric then folded into 4 to 5 fold, with every fold measuring roughly three fourth of the hand. The pleated sari is then brought at the backside with the folded saree between the legs. After carefully gathering the folds, it is trimly tucked at the back side of waist. The sari is then gathered to the right side in front and wrapped over the left shoulder. The end or pallu of the sari is then assembled around the waist and efficiently tucked into the left side of the waist.

Wearing the Indian saree in Tamil style gives atypical traditional look. A feminine prerogative is added to the woman’s beauty. With only tucks and folds, it is worn in such a manner that it sheaths the body almost entirely. The diffident Indian woman covered from head to toe, presents an image of humility.

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