India is well known for its vibrant culture and heritage that is steeped in centuries of vivid history. One aspect in which the country still pays homage to its cultural roots is in their elaborate weddings and wedding dresses. The elaborate clothing is not just for the brides and the bridegrooms, it is also for the attendees and those closely related to the couple.
The most used clothing for the weddings are not jumpsuits and plus size dresses but instead is the saree. This is one of the oldest forms of clothing in the world and probably the only form of unstitched clothing present in today’s world. Nowadays it serves as a fashionable clothing that embodies the country’s past while also serving as the perfect canvas for eye catching designs and prints.
The bridal saree is generally red and often has gold color embroidery along it. Certain people from Kerala opt for gold or white with golden embroidery but the former is the most popular option in the country. Fabric wise, silk has always been the favorite but other options like satin are sometimes used too.
According to historians, cotton and the knowledge of how to weave it is said to have come from the Mesopotamian civilization. In the folk tales of the country, many clothing pieces related to the saree have been mentioned. One of the most commonly cited pieces is the kanchuki and the neevis. It was a bit later that the art of dyeing these clothes with vegetable dyes came up. Embroidery was also a common inclusion to the sarees during that era. It is said that the word for silk, called “Patta” is originated during that era and even now has the same meaning in many areas of the country.
In order to take better advantage of the dyes and embroidery, the day to day clothes became a 3 piece attire. They consisted of the neevi – which was for the lower portion of the body, the kanchuki – for the breasts, and a third piece called the Uttariya which resembled a shawl and was used to top the look off. The latter was also the most decorated part of a saree as it was most noticeable.
Very soon, each garment started to have its own name while some types of fabrics and styles were reserved for certain religious and important functions like weddings.
Fast forward the centuries, and the charm and beauty associated with these classic clothing have never worn off. It continues to be a popular option among women today and is ideal for work, formal as well as informal events. Many locations in the country of India have large and world famed manufacturing companies that create sarees of a design and style that is unique from the other cities. They do this by using different styles, dyes and printing techniques. Handlooms and mills are still used, side by side with the latest state of art technology as they carry on the age old form of clothing.