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The world over, the saree is looked at as an exotic and glamorous garment that is worn by celebrities on the red carpet. However, for Indian women the beauty of sarees also lies in their tradition. From being viewed as an everyday garment that only the older generation wore, the saree is now popular with the younger generation when they want to turn heads in a crowd. It’s usually worn at weddings and ceremonies, but many younger women also get them to add a bit of oomph to their party or festive wardrobe. Traditionally, sarees were woven from natural fibres such as cotton or silks with gold zari adding sparkle to the borders and pallu. Nowadays, sarees are also made from contemporary materials such as Lycra, French lace, net and georgette as the flowing texture and light weight of these fabrics make them easier to carry off. Many a time, the traditional woven zari borders and pallus are replaced with exquisite hand embroidery, including cutwork, sequins and applique work that add an elegant touch to transform the sarees into works of art. Hand block printing is another technique used to elevate a plain sari by adding interesting designs and colour to it. The availability of sarees in a range of materials such as cotton, silk, georgette, net and tissue, adds choices to a woman’s wardrobe as she can pick the right one to suit a particular occasion. From a rich silk with zari work for a wedding reception to a slinky crepe silk for a party night or a crisp and cool cotton for a ladies lunch, the saree is easily one of the most versatile garments, and it gives it wearer unmatched gracefulness. ...
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