The untold story of a Sari

Celebrating SARI!
Sari is traditionally a piece of unstiched cloth which is wrapped around the body, waist and shoulder of a women, exclusively worn by South Asian women . It originated within the Hindu culture as hindus believed that stitched clothing is impure. They also  believed that the belly button is a very important source of life and creativity, this is why the Sari does not cover the midriff.
Another reason for the bare stomach is the ancient Indian ideal of beauty which values the juxtaposition of a small waist with larger hips and bust line. The Sari exposes the waist but also adds width to the hips and bust, emphasizing and even exaggerating the female figure.  The sari still maintains a woman’s modesty, as she is covered from head to toe with fabric, and only a small portion of her waist is exposed. The first known depiction of the Sari is a statue of an Indus Valley priest wearing a sari-like drape which dates back to 100 B.C. Sculptures from the 1st-6th century AD depict dancers and goddesses wearing dhoti wraps. Cave murals from the 5th century show women wearing full body saris.

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