Importance Of Saree In Indian Culture

India is a country of numerous dialects, innumerable traditions, a myriad of attires, and diverse forms of worshipping God. “Despite having different conventions and distinct traditions, India has kept its identity intact.” Though there is a great deal of variation in beliefs, languages, attires, and customs, yet there is an underlying connecting link binding the whole of India together as a complete whole.

The greatness of India consists in accepting the best from foreign influences and incorporating it into its already rich cultural heritage. This aspect of Indian cultural set-up can be perceived in the growth of the Indian traditional attire called ‘saree’ or ‘sari’. Sarees have always been indispensable and integral to Indian culture. It has been a source of inspiration and appreciation for costume lovers all across the world.  The traditional Indian saree has earned a lot of name and fame worldwide. Be it East or West, North or South; Sarees are loved by young as well as old women.

Its popularity in India can be gauged from the fact that it is worn on almost all occasions, be it a wedding, a party, or day-to-day work.                                                                                      Importance of Saree in Indian Culture
When we talk of traditional Indian attire, the saree is the most popular outfit and is a must-have garment in an Indian lady’s wardrobe. “There was a time when women used to wear nine-yard sarees only. But nowadays, women have got more options and they can choose from 4-yard long saree to a 9-yard long one.” Today women in villages and cities usually wear nine-yard sarees during worship and religious occasions.

The pallu of the saree is also draped differently in different regions of India. In some regions, it is draped on the left and in others on the right shoulder. As per the family tradition, some women either cover their head with the pallu out of reverence for elderly people or drape it over their shoulder while doing day-to-day chores.

Though western lifestyle and dresses have made deep inroads into Indian culture, still the popularity of saree is a well-established fact. There is no substitute of saree during important ceremonies such as a wedding, religious ceremonies, and parties. When it comes to the most famous bridal wear in India, the saree is the incontestable outfit.