Saree, it’s history, geography and much more…

Hello Ladies,

Didn’t most of us grow up, trying very hard to look like that favourite Diva of ours at some point of time in our childhood. And that’s what makes us so different from the not so vivacious men.
And if you are an Indian or ever been to India in your childhood, we bet you must have tried to drape a shawl, dupatta, or for that matter a bed sheet as a saree. And as we say so, a smile brimps up your face with you recalling that thrilling cute moment of yours.
Little girl with perfect saree darpe to add to your aww moment :)
Years have passed by and now you do know how to look your best in that Indian attire.
But these saree drapes did not just appear from the skies. They evolved over generations. TriveniSarees takes you around on this tour of how and where Saree originated.
Excited are you? Yes ofcourse, after all who would have the curosity about the origin of these Saree drapes!
In the history of Indian clothing the sari is traced back to the Indus Valley Civilisation, which flourished during 2800–1800 BC around the western part of the Indian subcontinent.The earliest known depiction of the sari in the Indian subcontinent is the statue of an Indus Valley priest wearing a drape.
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Well the lady you see posing here is Maharani Lakshmivilasa Sannidhana Sri Pratapa Kumari Ammani Avaru of Mysore, on her wedding day in traditional 12 yard Saree with ironed pleats.
And check this one. This is a Sari worn during Vijayanagara dynasty 16 CE.
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Though centuries have passed since the saree was conceived as the Indian woman’s hereditary costume, the charm of this beautiful and extraordinary feminine garment, suited to the youngest of girls or the most elderly among woman, has not waned.
And India continues to be the incredible place of diversification, as can you very well notice in the picture below.
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Astonishing it is, isn’t it?
How just a piece of long cloth takes various forms over time and place?!
And now a glimpse of a simply draped modern day Saree.
We’ll keep bringing to you more and more about the Indian slice of Tradition.
Till then stay tuned to Triveni Times.
Blogged by Pragya Banka

Manju and her story! Take #1

Triveni’s Pragya happened to visit “Aunti ji” (who works as a sweeper in Pragya’s hostel), to ensure that her grandchildren were keeping well and following up in their studies. That day there was someone new at home, who Pragya had not seen before. She didn’t smile much but spoke with a distinct clarity. She visited to help her aunt to take care of the kids. Whenever she did smile during her conversation, it was brief but it was like a revelation- a gentle glimpse into her life, unspoken and un-revealed and that was what made Pragya want to know more about her.

Some people have courage. Those very people also have the unique ability of not giving up – of not being controlled by circumstance – but making the most of their situation. Some people, like Manju and this is her story.

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Manju has had a difficult childhood. She came from a rural background – the kind that doesn’t facilitate much for those who are ill, aspiring or developing. Her father passed away due to a rupture in a brain nerve when she was very small. Her mother had a chronic illness that deteriorated her life and her brother passed away because of alcohol consumption.

After this, Manju, with no immediate family to call her own, was taken in by her elderly aunt. Her aunt is the only person that Manju looks to, confides in and is cared for.Her aunt makes ends meet by sweeping the Girls’ Hostel at BITS. She is accompanied by Manju whenever possible for help; otherwise Manju is at home taking care of her aunt’s grandchildren.

That’s life for Manju, for now at least.

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Picture Credits: Rahul Jain (PicU)