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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Blouse Saree

Blouse Saree


Blouse Saree



Blouse Saree


A blouse saree, or choli, is a tight fitting short blouse worn under a sari. The saree, which includes a blouse saree, is the traditional fashion of India and stems back several thousand years. Even the holy texts of India refer to the yards of material, wrapped to enhance the beauty of the flowing silk. The sari is thought to be the oldest "in fashion" feminine apparel in the world, surpassing all the other far eastern styles.

The sarees first recorded reference was over 5,000 years ago in the Mahabharata. In the famous epic, the wife of one of the dueling families was the prize in a gambling game. The victors tried to humiliate her by grabbing the edge of her saree and unraveling her yards of silk. Their attempt to undrape her was exhausted in defeat and frustration. This was symbolic of the forces of chaos and destruction, trying to unravel infinity.

The Indian sari is a work of art. The materials are traditionally of natural fabrics, mainly silk or cotton with an elaborate brocade border. The details of the design and pattern are very intricate. Shisha (or mirror) designs are also very popular. The six yards (5.48 meters) of material will often have an extra length at the end to be fashioned into a matching blouse saree. However, modern preferences for comfort are introducing more stretchy, knitted materials for the blouse saree.

 

Blouse Saree







Blouse Saree









Blouse Saree


The blouse saree originally was open in the back and only covered the front. Variations in the fashion have come into play for practicality. The modern blouse saree covers the back and remains cropped to the midriff, exposing the navel. It is short sleeved and low necked.

In addition to the saree, a choli, or blouse saree, can be worn with a lehnga, or gypsy style skirt. Like the saree, the lehnga is made of fine, sheer fabric with intricate patterns. Women also depend on the blouse saree as an undergarment, like a camisole, and worn under a kameez, which is a semi-transparent, traditional shirt worn by both men and women.

Office and armed forces dress codes usually prohibit the midriff baring sari blouse. As a result, a design has become popular for professional women that include an elbow length sleeve and a longer length so the blouse saree can be tucked in. Practical materials are chosen for these fashions.

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