I have personally been fascinated by the sari. One of my early memories of a fashion piece that mesmerized me, was my mother’s “adapted” sari-styled deep blue attire.
With our celebration of India during the month of November, and the place that saris hold in India, I decided to learn a bit more about saris. These are some of the resources that I found on this subject at University of Alberta Library and also at our partner libraries.
Talking to one of my friends from India confirmed my expectation that the sari has a deep cultural connection to India!
- Did you know that the sari has various wrapping styles that differ based on region?
- Did you also know that grandmothers and mothers have the honour of passing that knowledge to their grandchildren and children?
- Married women and young women can be distinguished based on the wrapping style of their saris.
- The colours and fabric of saris also have their stories to tell. Based on the region, the age, and event the colour of saris change to suit a specific meaning. The materials used carry, not only the weight of social standing, but also indicate an adaptation to climate and weather.
These are just a few facts about saris to get you started.
If you are an avid, fashion-adept looking to expand your knowledge – as I am – or if you are looking for more information on saris in Indian culture, the following resources are a great starting point:
The Bloomsberry Fashion Central hase a wide range of resources including images of saris and the fabrics they are made of !