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A saree is a traditional Indian outfit; which consists of a drape varying from five yards to nine yards in length and two to four feet in breadth, that is typically wrapped around the waist leaving the midriff bare and the dupatta draped over the shoulder. There are various ways of saree draping. But the most common style is the Nivi style, which originated in Andhra Pradesh. The saree is usually worn over a petticoat with a fitted blouse which reaches the navel. The saree is associated with elegance and is a symbol of grace in the Indian culture.  The word saree in Sanskrit means ‘a strip of cloth’. 

Types of sarees: Each region in the Indian subcontinent have their own ways of draping the saree based on materials, fabric, weaving styles, or motifs in the southern part of Asia. 

Styles in the central area:
-      Madhya Pradesh: Chanderi Sari
-      Maheshwari: Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh
-      Kosa Silk: Chattisgarh
-      Dhokra Silk: Madhya Pradesh
Styles in the eastern area:
-      Bangaladesh: Tangail Tant Saree
-      Bangladesh: Jamdani
-      Bangaldesh: Muslin
-      Bangladesh: Rajshahi Silk
-      Comilla Bangladesh: Khadi saree
-      Bangladesh: Jute cotton
-      Assam: Mooga silk
-      Assam: Mekhla Cotton
-      West Bengal: Dhaniakali Cotton
-      West Bengal: Begumpur Cotton
-      West Bengal: Murshidabad Silk
-      West Bengal and Bangladesh: Batic Saree
-      Nuapatna, Cuttack, Odisha: Kandua Silk and cotton saree
-      Phulia, West Bengal- Phulia Cotton
-      Odisha- Ikkat silk and cotton saree
-      Manipur- Manipuri Tant saree
Styles in the Western Area:
-      Maharashtra: Paithani
-      Gujarat, Rajasthan, Pakistan: Bandhani
-      Rajasthan, Pakistan: Kota Doria
-      Maharashtria: Lugade
-      Gujarat, Pakistan: Patola
-      Rajasthan, Pakistan: Bagru
-      Gujarat: Gharchola Saree
Styles in the Southern Area:
-      Karnataka: Mysore silk
-      Karnataka: Ilkal saree
-      Karnataka: Molakalmuru Saree
-      Andhra Pradesh: Venkatagiri
-      Andhra Pradesh: Uppada silk sarees
-      Kerala: Kasaragod sarees
-      Telangana: Gadwal and Pochampally sarees
-      Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore cotton sarees
-      Telangana or Tamil Nadu: Narayanpet
-      Tamil Nadu: Kumbakonam
-      Tamil Nadu: Kanchipuram saree
-      Kerala: Kannur Cotton
-      Kerala: Kalpathi silk saree
-      Tamil Nadu: Thirubhuvanam
-      Andhra Pradesh: Uppada silk sarees
-      Kerala: Maradaka silk saree

Styles in the Northern area:
-      Uttar Pradesh: Banarasi
-      Uttar Pradesh: Shalu
-      Uttar Pradesh: Tanchoi
The most popular types of sarees untouched by constant fashion fads are;
-      Kanjeevaram Sarees; this is the best choice for a bridal saree because of its temple like patterns that are associated with pure tradition and graceful appearance.
-      Dhakai sarees; these sarees belong to Dhaka, Bangladesh. They are bright and colourful being one of the best cotton sarees. Now these sarees are created in India as well.
-      Paithani Designer sarees ; In the time of great Maratha Kings, these Paithani sarees were weaved with threads made from real Gold. Now this saree is popular in Maharashtra and other parts of India too. Available in a vast range of colours but bordered with gold, sets this saree apart from the rest.
-      Sambalpuri sarees, Pattu sarees, Banarasi sarees, Chanderi sarees, Tant or Bengali sarees, Assam Silk sarees are some of the other popular varieties in types of sarees.

In the times of the past, saris were woven with silk or cotton. The rich could always afford finely woven silk, knit wear or diaphanous silk which was said to be so fine; that it could pass through a ring. All saris were handwoven and unique.
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