What is a Sari Blouse?
A sari blouse, or choli, is a tight fitting short blouse worn under a sari. The sari, which includes a sari blouse, is the traditional fashion of India and stems back several thousand years. Even the holy texts of India refer to the yards of material, wrapped to enhance the beauty of the flowing silk. The sari is thought to be the oldest “in fashion” feminine apparel in the world, surpassing all the other far eastern styles. The saris first recorded reference was over 5,000 years ago in the Mahabharata. In the famous epic, the wife of one of the dueling families was the prize in a gambling game. The victors tried to humiliate her by grabbing the edge of her sari and unraveling her yards of silk. Their attempt to undrape her was exhausted in defeat and frustration. This was symbolic of the forces of chaos and destruction, trying to unravel infinity.