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Sarah Rossignol EDU 553 Fall 2007
designs and fabric. The fabric ranges in size. anywhere between 5 to 9.What is a Sari? A Sari is an unstitched and uncut piece of fabric that is available in a variety of lengths. Sarees plays an important role in the culture and arts of India. During the early 20th century upper class women began adopting items of European style clothing as the fitted blouse and slim petticoat.5 yards that is loosely tied. colors. Sarees can be draped in various ways depending on the different regions of India. folded and pleated. Fabrics of a Sari is dyed and painted using fascinating colors and pigments. . Adopted due to the fashion of transparent chiffon Sarees during the 20th century.
The History of a Sari • Origin obscure – Thought to be more than 5. large bust and hips – The Sari seemed to be the perfect dress to accentuate those proportions • Clothing patterns have changed throughout the world. when cotton was first woven into pieces of fabric • Idea of beauty in Ancient India was that of a small waist. the Sari has survived – is the main piece of clothing women in rural India wear .000 years old.
Samples of Sarees .
.pleats are passed through the legs and tucked into the waist at the back. • Kaccha Nivi style .center of a sari (held lengthwise) is placed at the center back.the loose end is draped over the right shoulder rather than the left and is draped back-to-front rather than front-to-back. the two ends are wrapped around the legs.The Art of Draping • Most common style of draping a sari is when the fabric is wrapped around the waist and the bust then one end is draped over the shoulder. • Maharashtrian/Kache style . Allows free movement while covering the legs • North Indian/Gujarati style . the ends are brought forward and tied securely.
• Mundum neryathum style – a two piece sari usually made from unbleached cotton and decorated with gold or colored stripes and/or borders. . • Gond style – fabric is first draped over the left shoulder then arranged to cover the body. loose end draped back-to-front over the right shoulder and is pinned to the rest of the sari. • Kodagu style . • Tribal style – secured by tying firmly around the chest.The Art of Draping • Dravidian style – features a pinkosu or a pleated rosette at the waist.pleats are created in the rear.
least studied cultural treasure of India • An ephemeral art form – once the piece of fabric has been taken off of the body the particular style is lost and the fabric reverts back to a flat rectangular form .Importance of Draping • Majority of the arts in India have been studied – art of draping fabric to dress the body is the most unique.
– Eastern Styles: • Kantha is known for its embroidery which forms or outlines decorative motifs with a running stitch. Listed below by regions are the well known varieties based on fabric. . – Central Styles: • Paithani is characterized by an oblique design and a pallu with a peacock design. green and black).Types of Sarees • Each region of the Indian subcontinent over the centuries have developed their own unique sari style. They are made from finely woven silk and decorated with elaborate engravings. red. weaving style or motif: – Northern Styles: • Bandhani involves tying and dyeing pieces of cotton or silk fabric (colors are: yellow. • Banarsi is considered to be the finest sari of India. – Southern Styles: • Kasuti an intricate traditional form of embroidery.
• Parrot is the symbol of courtship and passion. • Rudraksha a seed from a tree that grows in the Himalayas. • Conch a symbol of the gods in the form of sound. wealth and children. fertility. which vary depending on the region. royalty and regal power. • Paisly a symbol that resembles the shape of a mango and is a symbol of fertility. . • Elephant traditionally associated with water.Significance of Motifs • Various designs used in sarees with their own meaning. Also is the god of learning. • Fish indicate the abundance of food.
• Black: not many sarees made in this color it reflected sorrow and ill omen. and manual laborers. • Red: sarees in this color are commonly worn by brides of various castes. artisans. • Green: merchant class was once associated by this color. sexual. • Yellow: represents religion and asceticism. Associated with mourning. This color has several emotional. • Blue: associated with farmers. widows are associated with this color.The Meaning of Color • The colors of sarees hold special meaning for special occasions. Today this color has Islamic connotations. weavers. • White: worn during ritual occasions. Women also wore this color for 7 days after having a child. fertility-related qualities. .
& 4. 3. tied tightly at the waist by a drawstring. (No elastic. . 2. Make sure that the lower end of the sari touches the floor. tuck the plain end of the sari into the petticoat for one complete turn from right to left.short sleeved or sleeveless.How to wear a Sari 1. Starting at the navel. with a variety of necklines. about 5 inches deep. At least part of the secret of the sari are the "underneath" garments a waist to-floor length petticoat. please!) And a tight fitting blouse that ends just below the bust . Make about 7 to 10 pleats and hold them up together so that they fall straight and even. Beginning from the tucked-in end start making pleats in the sari.
The end portion thus draped is the pallav and can be prevented from slipping off by fixing it at the shoulder to the blouse with a small .How to wear a Sari 5. 6. Drape the remaining fabric around yourself once more left to right. 7. and bring it up under the right arm and over the left shoulder so that it falls to about the level of the knees. Tuck the pleats into the waist slightly to the left of the navel and make sure that they are turned towards the left.
. and to reasonably estimate measures and quantities. symbols and ideas to communicate meaning – Mathematics: • 1.2 Use numbers and their properties to compute flexibly and fluently.b select and use subject matter.b recognize and reflect on the effects of arranging visual characteristics in their own and others’ work • 3. select from and apply a variety of sources for art content to communicate intended meaning – Mathematics: • 2.1 Understand and describe patterns and functional relationships • Upper Elementary (5-6): Story Cloth Activity (drawings) – Visual Art Standard: • 2.Lesson Ideas • Elementary (K-4): Classification of Fabrics – Visual Art Standard: • 2.a consider.c use the elements of art and principles of design to communicate ideas • 3.
b apply comprehension and skill in incorporating the elements of art and principles of design to generate multiple solutions and effectively solve a variety of visual art problems • 3. communicate ideas and solve problems. . ideas and themes that demonstrate knowledge of contexts. and cultural and aesthetic values to communicate intended meaning – Mathematics: • 3.1 Use properties and characteristics of two. symbols.Lesson Ideas • Middle and High School (7-12) : Story Cloth Activity (sewing) – Visual Arts Standard: • 2.b use subject matter.and three-dimensional shapes and geometric theorems to describe relationships.
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