Saree - The history behind!
The history of Saree dates back to Indus valley civilization. The word “Saree” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Shati” meaning “unstitched strip of cloth”. From its lowly beginnings as just a piece of cloth wrapped around, it has evolved to become a fashion statement that defines the Indian woman.
Women in Indian villages and Mature age women in cities wear sarees on a day-to-day basis. They always treasure at least a couple of lovely silk sarees to wear for a relative’s wedding or a festival. Relatively younger ladies in Indian cities and overseas, are more accustomed to salwar suits and western outfits; however, when there is a community gathering, you can see them in a splash of designer sarees in attractive colors. Wearing a saree means many things to many people – most importantly, it is respect for one’s culture that gets stated implicitly!
There was a time when Sarees of one particular region continued to stay confined within that State, for example. However, over few decades, Saree has become more of a global dress that has crossed the barriers of religion, language and nativity. Kancheevaram (or Kanchipuram), Pochampalli and Mysore silks from South are worn by women in North India whereas Banaras silks from North are very popular amongst South Indian women. Tussar silks from eastern parts of India are catching up quick in other regions as Bandani and Paithani sarees from the western region is reserving its own space. There are at least more than fifty such conceptually different styles.
At Vasthraa Silk, we work with small town weavers and big end manufacturers alike to showcase sarees from these different styles. Our niche range include South Indian silks and Soft Silk sarees. In addition, we attempt to source diverse styles under our Designer range sarees and Cotton sarees.