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The sari is the quintessential women’s garment of South Asia. It can be traced back to 2800-1800 B.C., during the Indus Valley Civilization. It is of the simplest design ranging in size from six yards of fabric and about four feet in depth, yet its intricate drapery makes it anything but simple. Young South Asian girls often dream about the day they get to don a sari of their own.

I remember being a young girl and watching my mother carefully select a sari for a wedding, party or religious occasion. She would make her selection from a plethora of neatly folded stacks of garments. I would watch her meticulously wrap, pleat and drape this extensive piece of cloth into an array of elegance. Eventually, I learned how to drape this ancient style of dress on my own and have enjoyed weaving it into my own Indian-American cultural experience.

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