It is a garment that epitomizes Indian culture, with its name derived from the most ancient language known to mankind. The history of this cloth can be traced back to the Indus Valley civilization which flourished 4000 years ago and its design is both timeless and spiritual. The Sari which means “strip of cloth” as derived from Sanskrit, has over centuries continuously evolved in its shape, form, design and in the past few decades as a fashion statement.
There are over a dozen contemporary styles in which a sari can be draped with the more modern one’s designed for fitness enthusiasts and celebrities to show of their abs and navel areas. The sari is one of the most elegant pieces of clothing that manages to do this, since its original conception was designed to show the navel region. This was based on the ancient Indian tradition and Natya Shastra, which considered the navel of the Supreme Being to be the source of life and creativity.
Right until the end of the 20th century, the sari was mostly considered to be a garment worn by women in the Indian sub-continent. However, with the onset of the internet, explosion of television, media, glamorization of celebrity lifestyles and fashion this has considerably changed. The growth of Non Resident Indians globally and penetration of Bollywood into the west has not only inspired the inclusion of Indians in American and British TV shows but it has also led to Indian fashion being embraced by women everywhere.
In particular it has been the internationalization of Bollywood that has accelerated this trend. Many Bollywood celebrities, like Aishwarya Rai have worn it at international events representing the Indian culture. What happens when a mainstream International actress such as Angelina Jolie, Katherine Heigl, the Pussycat Dolls, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts or even Sunny Leone adorn a sari. You get a mind-blowing fusion of east and west that makes those women appear like real apsaras (female angels) from heaven while also globalizing the best elements of Indian culture.
Now don’t all they look absolutely stunning and gorgeous. Some other Hollywood celebrities that we would love to see wearing a sari would be Heidi Klum, Jennifer Aniston, Megan Fox and Monica Belluci. Which international celebrity would you like to see wearing a sari?