How did the saree originate? What does history say from the Mahabharata to the Rig Veda?

Ananya Shroff
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Saree is one such garment among Indian dresses, which is considered very important in our culture. Especially when women wear saree, their look is called traditional. But do you know how the different types of sarees that you are wearing today started or when did they come into vogue?

In earlier times, men and women used to wrap a small cloth around the lower part of their body, which is called dhoti today. Let us tell you that the word saree is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Sattika', which means a strip of cloth. Not only the name of the saree but its history is also very old, about which we are going to tell you today. So let us know how saree became an important part of our life. (Photo courtesy: Pixabay, iStock)

There are different claims about the saree

It is often seen that people have different opinions and claims about the same thing and a similar case is with the history of saree. It is believed that the word saree was first mentioned in the Yajurveda. It is said in the Rigveda that it was customary to make the wife wear a saree during Yagya or Havan and gradually it became a part of Indian tradition.

What does the Harappan culture say?

According to some reports, a statue of a woman was found during excavations in the earliest Indus Valley Civilization and Harappa culture. It is mentioned that she had wrapped a cloth like a sari around her neck. In the statue, she is wearing a cloth between her legs, which is called a dhoti. It would not be wrong to say that the increasing length of the dhoti gave it the form of a sari.

It is believed that it started with Mahabharata

It is believed that it started with Mahabharata

According to information available on the internet, it is believed that the mention of saree in India came from the Cheer Haran episode of Mahabharata. When Duryodhana snatches Draupadi's dress and to save the modesty of a woman, Shri Krishna protects Draupadi by increasing the length of her dress, which is called saree. Many claims are made about this, but the story of Mahabharata tells that saree is not just a dress but also a protective shield for a woman.

A cloth was wrapped around the whole body

A cloth was wrapped around the whole body

It is believed that before the British Raj, the sari was worn without a blouse in many places. But after the changes that happened later, Gyanadanandini Devi is believed to be the first Bengali woman who wore a blouse. Gyanadanandini was the wife of Satyendranath Tagore, brother of Rabindranath Tagore, and was also a social reformer. (Photo courtesy: Pixabay)

today's saree look

today's saree look

This journey from small cloth to dhoti and then to 6 yard long saree is very long but today its scope has increased so much that you will get to see many types of sarees. Be it Chanderi of Madhya Pradesh, Moonga Silk of Assam or Patola and Gathoda of Gujarat. Today you will get to see the most beautiful sarees of every state.

(Disclaimer: This article is based on information found on the Internet. NBT does not confirm its authenticity and accuracy).

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