I wore a sari on three occasions in my time here. Saris are six yards of material that are draped and pleated to create a garment. This is what it looks like:


This means that I can wear my grandmother’s sari though we are different in size. She still wears some of her mother’s saris. Wedding saris are re-used. When draped correctly, it is a beautiful, shapely garment. They are multi-purpose. The long, trailing end that drapes over the left shoulder (the pallu) is used as a blanket, a hankie, a shawl. It is used to shade, to cover. It is sometimes wrapped around the waist and tucked in when work is about to be done. When the pallu is particularly exquisite, it is flaunted. Once you get over the initial feeling that it’s going to fall off, it’s a pretty awesome garment. When my mother was here, we pulled out her nine-yard wedding sari. In South India, it was tradition for married women to wear the madisar, or the nine-yard. That tradition has mostly died. We decided to turn the madisar into a usable six-yard. Before we did, we decided to play dress-up:


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