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THE AGELESS TRADITIONAL SARI ...

Our sari is the only garment in the world that can be worn 25, even 50 years later, without having to do anything more than getting a brand new blouse stitched to match the current style and combination trend. Irrespective of the age of our marriage, we proudly wear our wedding time saris, the ones we wore for different events of the wedding itself, at traditional events. The various different Hindu festivals provide the perfect opportunity to "air" these sarees. Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival, is one such occasion where we witnessed some of these ageless traditional sarees. We gather around and love hearing the stories behind the attire, and the interesting details about the origin of the different styles of the sarees- all from the wonderful women themselves. Follow this page to see new pictures from Ganesh Chaturthi each year ..

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Above: Kalyani Bhat from Dallas, Texas, shared the above picture of her Marathi friends during a Ganesh Chaturthi gathering. "All of us are wearing Yeola Paithanis ( that's the village where they are weaved) except Sujata in the green sari in the center who is wearing Irkali, a south Dharwad saree) 

Right: Sonali Maniar from Bengalaru in India shared this picture of the traditional saree that she sported during the local festival celebrations.


Left: Geeta and Kalyani, originally from Mumbai who have been in the US for over 2 decades now, enjoy donning on their traditional wears during the festival. Here they are seen in traditional silks that they bought from a local home business for the occasion.


Right: When Susmitha Anganagari (left) hosted Ganesh Chaturthi pooja at her house, she herself chose an Uppada silk and her friends showed up in their pooja favorites- Jaya in yellow South Cotton with Zari border (second from left), Sonal in Banarasi Cotton from her own business (third from left) and Vidya in Kanchi Silk (right).

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Kalyani Bhat has been hosting Ganesh Chaturthi in her house for around two decades. What better occasion to don on one of her many Paithani sarees? If you're from Maharashtra, you are sure to own a couple of Paithanis, she says. This particular elegant-wear Paithani sarees are hand-woven sarees from Paithan town in Maharashtra. This is essentially known as a Maharashtrian saree. Made from fine silk, these are considered one of the richest saris of India.


Asita Dash was happy to get an opportunity to take out her beautiful Sambalpuri pata saree for a friend's Ganesh Chaturthi festivity. The sari was a gift from her mother. The 19 year old sari caught all of her friends' attention in the party and made an excellent conversation-starter for others. 

Sambalpuri Pata sarees are handloom sarees from Orissa. The tie-dye art showing traditional motifs like the shell or flower characterize the saree that gained popularity in the 1980s in India when Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India started wearing these.

Poorva Manohar hosted the Ganesh Chaturthi pooja at her house. For the occasion she chose to wear her sister's sari, a Chanderi silk, along with a new blouse that she stitched herself. The sari was from 1996, a part her sister's wedding trousseau.


Chanderi saris originate from Chanderi,  a samll town of Madhya Pradesh State of India in central India known for the translucent hand-woven sarees.

Hina Dave bought the above Paper silk saree from Surat in Gujarat during one of her trips to India from America to visit her family there. The graceful and comfortable saree was the perfect choice for the religious event on Ganesh Chaturthi at her friend's house, she says. 


Paper silk sarees are mainly manufactured in Surat in the Gujarat State of India. Comfort and style characterize these sarees.

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Mangala Deshmukh has lived in America for the past decade. Her saree collection comprises of the new styles of sarees as well as those ageless traditional sarees from the 1960s. On the left, she is seen wearing an Uppada saree from 
Uppada town in Andhra Pradesh. The dharwar embroidery and kashida work, that is mostly seen in southern Maharashtra and northern Karnataka, adds to the beauty of the suave fabric. The specialty of the embroidery is that it looks the same from on sides of the fabric and is inspired from nature, depicting birds, flowers, etc. 

On the right, Mangala Deshmukh is sporting the popular Kanchipuram from Chennai. She proudly narrates the story of her saree. She had purchased the saree in Chennai in 1980 from the original Nalli store that was run by Mr. Nalli Chetty himself. Nalli eventually went on to become one of the most popular saree chain in India. At the time, the saree just cost her Rs. 600.

 For Sonal Kulshrestha, wearing the two traditional saris during the two separate Ganesh Chaturthi events was special. These saris were part of her bridal trousseau 21 years back. As she got ready for the events, she was reminded of the temple border (left) that her mom had picked during her wedding preparations and the 

Pochampally (top right) that her dad had bought for her from Hyderabad in Andra Pradesh during during his business trip. She had last worn the saree on one of her wedding events called tilak. She now made sure she texted the pictures of herself wearing the sarees to her parents, who live in Delhi, reminding them that the saris are special to her because they had gifted them to her.

Temple border sarees are hand woven sarees from South India. These have the temple motif in zari or thread work woven on their borders or pallu. 

Pochampalli saree on the other hand is a saree made in Bhoodan Pochampally in Andra Pradesh State of India (now Telangana). Pochampally sarees traditionally have geometric patterns that are dyed in ikkat style.  


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