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Uppada- Yet Another Stunner #AtoZChallenge 2017

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The other day I was glancing through an issue of a glossy magazine. Surprisingly,I found that the ladies from the South preferred to wear saris rather than the trousers or Salvar Kurtis. And when I see the rich tradition of the saris from the South, I know why.

Contrary to what most people imagine, the sari is easy to drape and comfortable to wear. In addition, it is elegant and graceful – it hides what you want to hide and shows off what you want to! And when you think of the stunning weaves like the Uppada, you can under understand why this dress has withstood the test of time.

So what’s so special about the Uppada?

This is a relatively new tradition. Jamdani weaving was introduced to the region as late as the late 1980’s. And within a short span of time, it has overtaken the more popular Kanjeevarams , Pochampallis and other saris that the South is famous for.

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Unlike the heavy silk  Kanjeevaram, the Uppada is light, translucent and almost transparent. The Jamdani work in gold zari or silk thread gives it the feel of richness while yet being light and easy to wear.

It is no wonder then that the Uppada which gets its name from a small coastal town in Andhra Pradesh has become the rage in modern times.

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13 Responses

  1. Tina Basu says:

    I quite like Uppadas – much against my mom’s dislike though – because they are quite light and so many patterns can be found.
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  2. This is again a saree style I am unaware of but its beautiful like the rest. Your research is excellent as always Sunita.
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  3. Vinodini says:

    I love Upada saris, not only for their lightness but also for the range of colors they come in.
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  4. I love them but find them difficult to carry.

  5. Debbie D. says:

    Beautiful fabric! I’ve always thought saris looked comfortable and the colours are stunning. I wonder if non-Indian women ever wear them? This is something I wouldn’t mind trying.
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Of course you could wear them. It probably would look odd in Canada but you could wear it at a costume ball! ( if they have any these days!!! ) . There are several devotees of the Hare Krishna movement or even Chinmayananda Mission who wear saris as foreign women

  6. Saris are so pretty and this fabric sounds like it would be wonderful to wear. Indian women always look so beautiful in their saris – it makes me a little bit jealous at times!

  7. Amrita says:

    I have never heard of the Uppada !Will check this out.I love kanjeevaram silks though .They are gorgeous.
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  8. Eva says:

    Yes, stunner is a right title. I’d like to see (wear?) this in person.
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