Types of Sarees Worn in Villages

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Types of Sarees Worn in Villages
This is just one of hundreds of ways to drape a sari. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Saris, or saris, are traditional garments worn in India. A sari consists of a single, unstitched piece of fabric that is draped around the body. Those of European descent might assume that saris are worn in a single way; nothing could be further from the truth. Saris can be draped in countless ways, and some drapes may require more fabric than others. Draping styles may vary according to caste, or station in life, or they can be traditional styles specific to certain villages or regions.

Kappulu Saree

The Kappulu sari is worn by women of the Kappulu caste, although it is now worn only by elderly women. It is typical of the villages in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Chantal Boulanger, a scholar of sari draping, considers the Kuppulu drape a particularly elegant method of draping.

Telugu Brahmin Saree

This sari drape is seen in women of the Andhra Pradesh state. It is worn exclusively by women of a Brahmin subcaste called Telugu. It is draped over one shoulder and requires six yards of fabric.

Veshti Mundanai

The veshti-mundanai sari evolved from the Dravidian family of sari drapes of northeast India. Unlike other saris, this drape consists of two lengths of fabric, one four yards in length and the other two yards long.

Mul Saree

The Mul sari is worn by women of the village by the same name, located in the area of India that was once called the Gond kingdom. The sari requires nine yards of fabric and features a shorter drape that makes it convenient for farm work.

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