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How to wear a 9 yards madisar?

Updated: Mar 17

The madisar is typically associated with Tamil Brahmins, with two sub-styles: the Iyer kattu (tie) and the Iyengar kattu (tie). Today, madisar is hardly worn as daily wear, although women do drape the madisar style on select festive occasions and religious ceremonies. The madisar requires a nine-yard sari to wear it, unlike the current modern version of sari wearing style which needs 6 yards. Both Iyer and Iyengar Brahmins are supposed to wear madisars at ceremonial/ religious occasions, such as the wedding ceremony, the Seemantham (a religious ceremony conducted for a first pregnancy), all religious ceremonies, Puja, and death ceremonies.

Iyers and Iyengars wear Madisars differently. Iyers drape the Pallu (the layer of sari which comes over one's shoulder) over the right shoulder while Iyengars wear it over the left shoulder. Conventionally, the first Madisar a woman wears is maroon or red in colour, nowadays Madisar is being worn in other colours according to people's wishes.

Wearing a Madisar saree can be challenging due to its unique draping style, length of the saree, precision required, limited mobility, and cultural significance, especially for those who are not familiar with the traditional method. Ready-to-wear madisar sarees offer a convenient and accessible alternative to traditional madisar sarees, catering to the needs and preferences of a diverse range of wearers while preserving the cultural heritage and significance of this traditional South Indian attire. Here's a video of the WiMO ready to wear madisar:


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