A saree dress is a traditional women’s garment in the South Indian subcontinent which comprises of an unpadded drape ranging between 6.3 and nine meters in width and approximately 600 to 1000 millimetres at its widest, which is usually loosely wrapped round the waist, partially exposing the hip, and with the other end draped round the shoulder. The traditional area is generally loose fitting and comes in a wide variety of bright colours and patterns. A traditional saree is often made from silk or charmeuse, although the traditional version of the same in the South Indian subcontinent is usually made of satin. A typical large dress will consist of a waist band that runs across the top of the saree, and a separate material which is called the “belly button band”.
Traditionally, a saree dress will not have a matching pair of shoes or accessories. The saree dress is generally a long piece of fabric which is usually hand-sewn. The neckline is normally straight and the hemline is high. In some traditional versions of the same, there will be separate ties at the hem of the same dress which are tied in the middle and sometimes sewn in, but this is becoming rarer in modern designs.
Traditionally, a saree dress is traditionally worn in the home to show respect for elders. This may refer to elders such as brothers and sisters who attend family gatherings. Another reason a traditional saree dress is used as an auspicious and formal wear is because the same dress symbolizes purity and wealth in the South Indian subcontinent. This can take the form of a large area with beautiful embroidery on the skirt and/or a blouse which have intricate floral patterns on it. A traditional saree dress will have a large flower or embroidered flower design with an embroidered flower design on the fabric. These flowers and embroidery designs are usually a part of the traditional sari design but some other designs can also be added.