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.
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.