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Origins of Sari in History:
The word sari itself is a corrupted version of Sanskrit word ‘sati’ which means ‘strip of cloth’. Silappadhikaram and the Kadambari an ancient Tamil poetry , describes women in exquisite drapery or sari. While the Natya Shastra- an ancient Indian treatise describing ancient dance and costumes, states that the navel of the Supreme Being is considered to be the source of life and creativity, hence the midriff is to be left bare by the sari.
Sari or sari like long dress is also mentioned in the world longest epic Mahabharata. The legend has it that when the Pandavas lost their wife Draupadi to the enemy clan in a gambling duel, the victors caught one end of her sari and continued to pull and unravel, but could reach no end.