Where in the world can you see women wearing sarees?

Where in the world can you see women wearing sarees?

The saree, a traditional garment of the Indian subcontinent, is not just worn in India but across the globe by people of Indian origin and those who appreciate its cultural significance. 

    • India: Naturally, India takes the center stage when it comes to sarees, with each state boasting unique styles and weaves. From the Kanjivaram of Tamil Nadu to the Paithani of Maharashtra, the Benarasi of Uttar Pradesh to the Bomkai of Odisha, the sheer variety is astounding.
    • Pakistan: Sarees are a popular garment in Pakistan, particularly in Sindh and Balochistan. The Sindhi Ajrak saree is a vibrant and colorful creation, while the Balochi sarees are known for their intricate embroidery.
    • Sri Lanka: The saree, known as the "sari" in Sri Lanka, is a popular garment worn by women for both formal and informal occasions. The Kandyan saree is a unique style with a distinctive blouse and a pallu (end piece) that is draped over the shoulder.
    • Bangladesh: The saree is the national garment of Bangladesh and is worn by women of all ages and backgrounds. The Dhakai saree, made from fine muslin fabric, is particularly famous for its delicate texture and intricate designs.

Southeast Asia:

    • Myanmar: The saree, known as the "longyi" in Myanmar, is a popular garment worn by both men and women. The Burmese longyi is typically made from silk or cotton and is wrapped around the waist and draped down to the ankles.
    • Malaysia: The saree, known as the "saree" or "sarung" in Malaysia, is worn by women of Indian origin, particularly Tamils and Malayalis. The Malaysian saree is typically made from silk or cotton and is often decorated with embroidery or sequins.
    • Singapore: The saree is worn by women of Indian origin in Singapore, particularly Tamils and Malayalis. The Singaporean saree is typically made from silk or cotton and is often brightly colored and decorated with embroidery.

Other regions:

    • Fiji: The saree is worn by women of Indian origin in Fiji, particularly Tamils and Fijians of Indian descent. The Fijian saree is typically made from cotton and is often brightly colored and decorated with floral prints.
    • South Africa: The saree is worn by women of Indian origin in South Africa, particularly Tamils and Gujaratis. The South African saree is typically made from silk or cotton and is often decorated with embroidery or sequins.
    • Mauritius: The saree is worn by women of Indian origin in Mauritius, particularly Tamils and Telegus. The Mauritian saree is typically made from cotton and is often brightly colored and decorated with floral prints.

This is just a glimpse into the global reach of the saree. The garment has transcended its geographical boundaries and become a symbol of cultural heritage and identity for Indian communities around the world.

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