Compiling one of the most definitive books on the traditions of sari-wearing, Rta Kapur Chishti, along with Martand Singh, has created an encyclopaedia of Indian saris in Saris of India - Tradition and Beyond. The book maps out over 800 saris from across the country and a gallery of 108 sari-draping styles.
Thanks to Anavila’s buttery linen saris and Raw Mango’s Benarasi weaves, our love for this unstitched textile has been growing by leaps and bounds. We decided to use this book as a personal stylist of sorts to help us understand new (but actually ancient) traditions of wearing a sari. Some of the styles don't even require a petticoat and/or a blouse. See our experiments below.
Style: Ranchi - Takupani Simdega/Southwest Jharkhand Style
Worn by: Santar, Bedia and other tribes
Worn with: A blouse, no petticoat required
(Pg 175 in the book)
Worn by: Urban mercantile community
Worn with: Blouse and petticoat
(Pg 105 in the book)
State: Andhra Pradesh
Worn by: Barugapuka Kalingalu (agriculturists)
Worn with: Nothing. No blouse or petticoat required
(Pg 226 in the book)