The saree is a traditional garment for women. It comprises a long single piece of fabric, approximately 5.5 metres in length and 1 metre in width, expertly wound around a woman’s body, with the loose end thrown over the shoulder. Worn with a choli, or short, fitting blouse, the fabric itself can be very detailed. Look closely and you might just see real gold or silver threads! Buy some saree fabric that takes your fancy, and turn a simple modern pattern into a stunning outfit.
The pottu or red dot worn on the lower forehead (between the eyebrows) signify that a woman is married. This would help indicate to single men which women were eligible for marriage. However, today the pottu is worn by both married and single women. Single women prefer more elaborate designs and colours.
The henna has been used for numerous centuries in Middle Eastern and North African countries as part of the adornment of the body. In the 20th century, Henna patterning in India became more complex and beautiful. Still used by brides today, Henna designs are also popular with many as a temporary tattoo.
When the Henna paste is applied to the skin, the tannin in its molecules penetrates the columns of skin cells, resulting in a pattern which stays clear and in place till the last day of exfoliation. Depending on where it’s applied, a Henna stain may last from a few days to two weeks. The henna normally will go off after 2 to 3 weeks.