Saree History, Heritage, Geography and Draping – Part I

A brief presentation of the history and geography of Saree

Saree (also spelled as Sari) has been the traditional wear for Indian Women for more than 4 millennia! That’s right, not centuries, but millennia! It dates back to Indus Valley Civilization, wherein the Saree then was made of three pieces – A blouse sort of a thing worn around the chest called Stanapatta, a lower garment Antriya, and an upper garment called Uttariya, all together called a Saatika. They were mainly made of cotton, colored using natural dies. Silk also was found first time in India around the same time, 2000-2500 BC, but it is not clear if it came through the silk route from China, or whether it was a locally discovered, but the thread was found to be of extreme strength and was eventually spread across the entire nation along with civilizations. 

Over the course of time, various civilizations, kingdoms, religions, tribes, trade, technology lead to the discovery of various new fabrics, new types of design work, and various types of draping styles of saree. The most important thing to observe is that it survived for more than 4000 years of time, and it is here to stay! Period.

This will be a series of two posts. We shall see two different aspects of the saree. 

  1. (This post) Geographical map of the saree with stories of origins and heritage
  2. The various draping styles of a saree in different regions and evolution though time

The following map of India shows the specialty of each state in terms of what kind of sarees they manufacture and sell, a very short brief on how and when they originated, and what is the uniqueness of each such tradition and fabric. You can hover your mouse, it will show what all types of sarees belong to a particular state, and you can click for the complete summary of those styles, with some graphic examples.

A Brief Geography of Saree

Click on a state to know more about the saree traditions of that state

Disclaimer: The idea of this post is to assemble information graphically for easy and quick understanding. This article keeps evolving as we discover and understand more styles of saree. Please feel free to comment if you feel any of the information presented here is incorrect or incomplete. We would really appreciate if you can help us in adding more info to this post , and point to the correct sources. We shall add your name in the credits too. Help us build knowledge around our traditional garment.

Thank you for reading our article on saree history and saree maps. Continue further to know more about TRI3D.

Saree draping and visualization

TRI3D’s saree draping software is a very powerful technology from TRI3D that converts flat images of garments into beautiful model and creative drapes. The images rendered are of extremely high-quality and can be uploaded to any website without further post-processing. All  our model poses cater to both traditional outlook and modern contemporary drapes and outlooks. We add new models and drapes every 2 months.

High Quality Images – Examples

The images are extremely realistic, it is nearly impossible to guess whether an image is a real photoshoot image or if it rendered on TRI3D. Don’t believe us? Try our quiz here. Checkout out our gallery to see more sample images of sarees, poses and creative shots.

Brands who are using TRI3D

Check our clients page to see some noteworthy brands who are using our technology

49 replies
  1. CH PAUL
    CH PAUL says:

    Excellent. I was soo thrilled learn more about Saree ( Sari ) from the ancient times. Really we are proud of our rich culture. Your technology is soo innovative and trendy. All the best guys of TRI3D. Have a blasting in business

  2. N.Lakshmi Narsimha Reddy
    N.Lakshmi Narsimha Reddy says:

    Nice information about saree and its tradition origin by touching the map…good idea guys and all the best for your future 👍

  3. Dr.G.Venkatesh
    Dr.G.Venkatesh says:

    Very nice idea…
    Looking forward to see this company in greater heights..
    I would love to contribute my help or support if needed

  4. Dr.k.sunanda
    Dr.k.sunanda says:

    Very informative and also this info enables our present generation to know the history of saree and our great indian culture.

  5. Vijayudu
    Vijayudu says:

    Excellent !knowing d sarees of different territories upon touching particular state…All d very best to TRI3D Team..

  6. Dr.k.chandra mohan prakash
    Dr.k.chandra mohan prakash says:

    Very wonderful information and illustration of the diversity in weaving and presentation.patterns of various ethnic and regional designs of saree tradition in india……it is first of it’s kind …….very sensible idea and implementation …..
    All the best to TRI 3 D

  7. Dr Srinivasa Raju
    Dr Srinivasa Raju says:

    Excellent information
    Best Wishes to Highly creative and innovative tri3d team
    Good luck and All The Very Best!!!

  8. Dr P. V. Ramana
    Dr P. V. Ramana says:

    Excellent.. Very Innovative .. Tamilnadu sarees and Karnataka sarees looking so Nice .. All the best TRI3D team..

  9. Bhaskara Reddy
    Bhaskara Reddy says:

    Very good information on Sarees. Sate wise and fabric wise information available on one click. High resolution images with clarity. Totally Amazing 👍👍👍

  10. Gundreddy Kavitha Rani
    Gundreddy Kavitha Rani says:

    Presentation is nice lot of information about the brands from indian states but in the description of Andhra Pradesh some saree brands are missing like Dharmavaram and Venkatgiri

  11. Dr Oddi.Narasimharao
    Dr Oddi.Narasimharao says:

    Amazing.with a gentle touch I could glance the sarees heritage and beauty.
    The idea is excellent.Being a man from weaving community i relished the browzing.
    My thanks to Dr sundarreddy sir for sending the link to connect
    Best wishes.
    Dr O.Narasimharao Allagadda.

    • Dr Oddi.Narasimharao
      Dr Oddi.Narasimharao says:

      My point of view is certain varieties have lost sight rather become extinct.If some efforts made those items can be revived and can be made available .


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