The Never Ending Bond of Silk Sarees and Womanhood

by Shatika, August 11, 2016

Class Divide

Women love the richness of silk. Earlier, it was limited to certain classes, so that, it was a social discretion. It created a class distinction and was worn by women who could afford it. The luxury item was the signature of the rich. It was sacrilegious if not blasphemous for a lower caste woman to wear silk. The cotton saree was their lot! Silk because of its exclusivity, became dearer and it was loved, craved for and longed for fabric. Anything denied assumes huge proportions of desire.

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China -Asia

While at first, the Chinese kept the silk rearing secret close to its heart. The members of the royal dynasties were the only ones who wore silk. The officials had a colour code to distinguish their status in society. The peasants were forbidden to wear silk till the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

It is said that the silk that was reared was so fine that it could go through a ring. The scholars tell us that there was spread of sericulture from China to India in 300 BC. But what was very clear, was that there was the trade of Chinese silks to India and again only the rich could afford the fine silk material. We can relate to the saree, as early, as the Indus valley civilization. Silk was a very high-quality material and the ultimate feminity.

Throughout Central Asia, high quality of silk was very popular, the Persians made beautiful scarves, brilliant designs with their veils, the rich ladies in society wore gold-trimmed materials and silken veils and headdresses.

The shining saree

The weaver dreamed of a shimmering of tears, glittering collection of many mirrors and created a Silk Sarees. The saree in its unstitched form was loved and adored and after that, we have mention of Pahari style of paintings of Rajasthan in which the transparent odhnis with a tight bodice was the trend of the times. The dhoti was worn by both man and woman. But later the kasota style of wearing, the saree, by women, remained in Maharashtra. Silk never lost its relevance and its friendly softness, made the woman display her serpentine figure to advantage and was the most comfortable garment. Even Carl Jung mentions that the silken yards were a delight and an Indian woman looked unique in it.

Silk and its Diversity

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Each region has a tradition of the silk, it produces a flamboyant display of feminity, partial and kind to the Indian figure. A perennial choice of the Indian woman. The pattern of the saree depends on the area it is produced in. Varanasi sarees have the luster of the Ganga and the wealth of the mughal motifs and love of brocades and zari have made the banarasi a bride’s first love and any woman love affair for life. The feel and touch of the fabric makes a woman feel special. Nothing can come second to that intense emotion. It is the epitome of dressing , making a woman melt in its softness and the warmth of the brocade and the glitter of rich heritage is enough to make the woman feel loved and secure.

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