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The name, sari, is derived from a Sanskrit word that means "strip of cloth". So a sari in nothing more than a strip of unstitched cloth, somewhere between 2 and 5 meters in length, that is draped over the body in a particular style. It originated in India but is also worn by women in a number of other countries, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Burma, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The cloth itself has much importance and the number of designs and colour combinations is endless. Some are traditional and others are developed designs that have evolved with time and changing fashions.
It is claimed that there are over 80 ways to wear a sari. Names like Nivi, Bengali, Oriya, Gujarati, Maharashtrian, Konkani, Kashta, Dravidian, Madisar Kodagu, Gobbe Seere Gond and Kunbi define some of the styles that relate to things like regions, specific groups, cloth colours and patters, or particular ways of wearing the Sari.
Clearly with so many things to consider, for someone not from India, the wearing of a sari can be quite confusing. While I was born in South Africa, my parents were Indian, and I grew up exposed to Indian arts and culture and have much appreciation for Indian crafts. I therefore travel to India often and have a full appreciate of the sari as a special and outstanding garment.
I also like to have a dress style that is different from the norm, so I began to experiment with the sari and I have developed some garments that are an original and exciting twist on the Indian sari. These garments that I call Latshma Sari, include ready-made skirts but with some imagination, my Latshma sari can be wrapped to make skirts, dresses, tops or pants. They allow anyone to enjoy the elegance, feel and appearance of a sari, and revel in the many exotic and colourful cloth designs that are available.
The style I follow comes the Punjab. It is a loose and comfortable style that even women who are pregnant can wear with confidence. The fabrics I use are made from silk, chiffon or cotton, that produce the soft flowing lines of a sari. There is certainly a colour, design, and fit to suit anyone.
I also still continue with my original craft that got me going, ironing board covers that fit all sizes of ironing boards. If necessary, I can even make these to your specifications to fit any size of ironing board. They will fit your ironing board like a glove and are also washable.
Last Updated 14 September 2019 10:00