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Sari

Mukulika Banerjee and Daniel Miller

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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The Sari

Aarti Kawlra

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

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The word sari refers to the unstitched length of cloth that serves as the principal component of a clothing ensemble that most often includes a bodice and a petticoat. Known widely as the national dress of the Indian woman, the sari is a draped item of clothing whose contemporary sartorial expression has evolved over centuries of exchange between indigenous cultures and foreign influence. Historical records of the textile trade from India include mention of saris woven in special designs and tech

Bangladesh

Niaz Zaman

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

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Bordered to the south by the Bay of Bengal, to the west, north, and east by India, and to the southeast by Myanmar, Bangladesh became an independent country in 1971. The climate is tropical, with heavy seasonal rainfall for about four months of the year, high temperatures, and high humidity. Though temperatures fall in winter, necessitating the use of shawls and wraps, the prevailing warmth and humidity require clothes to be light and few. The indigenous dress of the lower Gangetic Delta was unst

Pragmatism and Enigmas: The “Panetar” and “Gharcholu” Saris in Gujarati Weddings

Donald Clay Johnson

Source: Wedding Dress Across Cultures 2003

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In its evolution over the last century the panetar demonstrates the practicality of a merchant community well used to evaluating costs and uses of merchandise. Although now always white with a red border, this is only the latest manifestation of the panetar as a sari type that carries great ritual significance. Reflecting Gujarati culture and taste, the panetar sari traditionally has had a plain white body and a tie-dye border as well as one or three tie-dye medallions portraying dancing women in

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