Objects That Matter: Sari

by Kanika Talwar


The sari (can also be spelled “saree”) is a traditional garment whose etymology comes from the Sanskrit word sattika, meaning women’s attire. The garment has six to nine yards of cloth hung around the waist, across the torso, then draped over the shoulder. It is worn with a blouse called choliravikekuppasa, or cholo and a petticoat underneath called ghagraparkar, or ul-pavadai. Oftentimes, the sari can be passed down from generations as an heirloom, but it is also a practical garment worn every day.

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