Saree – The Traditional Indian Attire

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When it comes to looking sensuous on the silver screen, it’s not the bikinis and mini dresses which incite the audiences, rather it’s the classic black sari that steals the show. A traditional attire, the sari now represents the epitome of being sophisticated and secure. Since ages, the Indian culture has been renowned the world over for its sari. An often misunderstood piece of clothing by the western culture, for Indians it represents deep cultural roots and traditional beliefs. Perhaps it is the main reason why the sari has not been substituted with any other form of modern dress or attire, and if we are to preserve out cultural roots, it will not. The sari has its own sanding and importance, and stands far apart from all other forms of dresses.

Saris in cinemas

Right from old black-and-white films, to the modern films which we see today, the sari has maintained its character and dominance in portraying a female form that is supposed to be true, pure, and traditional. While actresses in the past made do with simple patterns and styles, the emphasis was more upon the importance of wearing a traditional form of clothing rather than anything else. Of course, you can’t see the colorful textures and blends of exotic colors in black and white films. With the advent of color cinematography, the actresses became bolder, and started experimenting with different sensual cuts and patterns which would have been frowned upon in the past. The actress Rakhi in the film Sharmilee emphasized the trend of wearing low cut blouse designs and saris with a “modern” twist. The style was subsequently copied by many new and upcoming actresses. In the more modern times, the lead actress Deepika Padukone managed to look sizzling in the film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with her trendy black net sari with a red border. It’s not just a few actresses who have tried to look their best wearing saris, even stalwarts like Rekha and Hema Malini have carried their trademark saris with grace and √©lan in the past. They still do today.

Tips on selecting your sari

• Women on the heftier side ought to select georgette, chiffon, or chignon saris with flowing drapes. They may look more feminine and slimmer wearing Mysore silk saris.

• Short statured women should refrain from wearing saris with borders, as they can make them look even smaller.

• Thin women should opt for saris which can add volume to their looks. Cotton, organza, tussar, and tissue saris are the best choices.

• Dark skinned females should try wearing darker shades such as navy blue, maroon, and green to reduce the contrast with their skin texture and tone.

• While wearing saris in the work place or office, pin it up. Besides making you look smart, it is much easier to move around easily with the sari paloo safely attached over the shoulder.

• If you prefer wearing cotton saris, make sure you have them ironed properly.

• Avoid wearing a flared petticoat. IT can hamper the fall of the sari.

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