A worker at a sari factory in Rajasthan, India, drys the textile in the open air. From ancient India to international catwalks, the sari has a storied history. Photo: Getty Images A worker at a sari factory in Rajasthan, India, drys the textile in the open air. From ancient India to international catwalks, the sari has a storied history. Photo: Getty Images
A worker at a sari factory in Rajasthan, India, drys the textile in the open air. From ancient India to international catwalks, the sari has a storied history. Photo: Getty Images

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History of the sari, from ancient India to fashion runways – simple, versatile garments tell the stories of women who wear them

  • Unstitched and six to nine metres long, the sari has been traced to the Indus Valley in 2800BC. Worn by rich and poor alike, there is a sari for every occasion
  • How saris are made and worn varies depending where in India you go, with the cheapest costing US$7 and the finest 4,000 times more

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A worker at a sari factory in Rajasthan, India, drys the textile in the open air. From ancient India to international catwalks, the sari has a storied history. Photo: Getty Images A worker at a sari factory in Rajasthan, India, drys the textile in the open air. From ancient India to international catwalks, the sari has a storied history. Photo: Getty Images
A worker at a sari factory in Rajasthan, India, drys the textile in the open air. From ancient India to international catwalks, the sari has a storied history. Photo: Getty Images
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