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”.
What do you give the woman who has everything – to wear that is. You give her a sari of course!
Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera Miss Sri Lanka Jacqueline Fernandez arrived at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, in a bright red tanchoi silk sari. It has an interesting border which is half traditional jari, and half a more contemporary black border with the red and gold floral motif. The blouse is kind of odd — it looks like one that would be worn with a spandex skirt rather than a heavy sari!
LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 27: Miss Universe Zuleyka Miss Sri Lanka Jacqueline Fernandez
arrives at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on August 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Note: This photo was mislabled and a reader (thanks Vin) pointed it out to us (actually it is mislabled in the Getty images database). I have just posted a new picture of her in bright red saree, chech it out.