A female garment that comes from the Indian subcontinent that consists of a drape varying from five to nine yards is a saree. Aside from being five to nine yards its also two to four feet in breadth and is typically wrapped around the waist with one end draped over the shoulder baring the midriff. In fashion the human abdomen is exposed by wearing clothes such as a crop top or swim wear . The Nivi style originated in Deccan region of India and it is the most common style of sari manufacture and draping. A midriff baring blouse or upper garment that is worn together with the sari is the choli.
Ways of wearing a sari are many but the most common style is the sari is wrapped around the waist with the loose end of the drape to be worn over the shoulder baring the midriff. The different ways in which the saris can be draped include; Nivi, Gujarati, Himalayan, Bengali and Odia, Maharashtrian, Nepal, Kodagu, Manipuri, Assamese, tribal styles, Kunbi styles and Khasi. Tribal styles involve often securing by tying them firmly across the chest covering the breasts. The style of Kunbi involves tying a knot in the fabric below the shoulder and a strip of cloth which crosses the left shoulder and is fastened on the back.
A three set garment is an Assamese style in which it has a veil and is worn with a long sleeve choli and the bottom portion is draped from the waist downwards. Kodagu style is a drape that is confined to ladies hailing from the Kodagu district in which pleats are created in the rear instead of the front while the loose end of the sari is draped back to front over the right shoulder which is then pinned to the rest of the sari.
The Nivi drape is the most common draping style from the Nepal. A draping style that is worn without any pleats is Bengali and Odia. Wrapping the saree around the waist in an anticlockwise direction which is then wrapped again for the second time from the other direction then the loose end is a let a little longer and goes around the body over the left shoulder is the Bengali style.
Gujarati style of draping involves tucking of the pleats similar to the Nivi style then the loose ends are taken from the back, draped across the right shoulder and pulled across to be secured in the back. Practical role as well as decorative role are the main reasons for wearing sarees in the Indian subcontinent. In terms of the practical role, the Indian subcontinent is faced harsh extreme temperature conditions. In order to combat the heat in summer, cotton sarees are made. The most famous Indian sarees that use cotton is the Khadi.