This is the first in our series covering Saris in Indian Dance. Few dance forms evoke images of grace the way Odissi does. The Odissi ensemble has been unchanged over the centuries. The classic kotki sari from Cuttak (Kotaka) in Orissa is draped as a half sari (present forms are more tailored, though, for the convenience of the dancers). The full headdress and wide belt – generally silver – are unique to the Odissi dance. Watching the graceful and sculpturesque dance form conjures up images of the temples, from where it was derived.
A gold kotki sari with a green temple border has a traditional maroon pallu which shows up as the “fan”.