A female garment that comes from the Indian subcontinent that consists of a drape varying from five to nine yards is a saree. The midriff is bared using one end of the draped saree which is also two to four feet in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist. In fashion the human abdomen is exposed by wearing clothes such as a crop top or swim wear . There are various styles in sari manufacture and draping but the most common is the Nivi style which originated in Deccan region of India. A fitted bodice garment is choli which is commonly worn with the sari.
Ways of wearing a sari are many but the most common style is the sari is wrapped around the waist with the loose end of the drape to be worn over the shoulder baring the midriff. Nivi, Gujarati, Himalayan, Bengali and Odia, Maharashtrian, Nepal, Kodagu, Manipuri, Assamese, tribal styles, Kunbi styles and Khasi are the different ways of draping a sari. The chests are firmly tied in order to secure and cover the breasts in tribal styles. Kunbi style involves tying a knot in the fabric below the shoulder and a strip of cloth which crosses the left shoulder and is fastened on the back.
A long sleeve choli is worn together with Assamese style in which the bottom portion is draped from the waist downwards and has a veil. Ladies hailing from the Kodagu district wear the Kodagu style which involves creation of pleats in the rear instead of the front while the loose end of the sari is draped back to front over the right shoulder which is then pinned to the rest of the sari.
Different varieties of draping the sari are found in Nepal but the Nivi style is the most common one. A draping style that is worn without any pleats is Bengali and Odia. Wrapping the saree around the waist in an anticlockwise direction which is then wrapped again for the second time from the other direction then the loose end is a let a little longer and goes around the body over the left shoulder is the Bengali style.
The draping style of Gujarati involves tucking of the pleats similar to the Nivi style then the loose ends are taken from the back, draped across the right shoulder and pulled across to be secured in the back. Sarees are worn since they play a decorative and a practical role. Wearing of sarees is due to practical roles since the Indian subcontinent experiences harsh extreme temperature conditions. In order to combat the heat in summer, cotton sarees are made. The cotton material used in Indian sarees is Khadi.