{ The Indian Sari } – Decoded by Kalpana Shah

This ones for all you sari lovers! For those who don’t know what a sari is: Here goes.
I recently had the wonderful opportunity of receiving the book “The Whole 9 Yards” by Kalpana Shah. It is certainly a must have for all sari enthusiasts as well as beginners like me. YES! I did not know how to tie a sari by myself, which is why this coffee table book was just what I needed to get started.
The Whole 9 Yards - Kalpana Shah

A huge range of different styles of draping a sari have been extensively covered in this book. Starting right from the basic style for newbies like me to more complicated and traditional ones for those who are willing to experiment further. This book will probably keep you engrossed your whole life because the wedding season comes every year. TWICE! And now its really simple to shop Sarees Online. I recon it will also be a fun way to teach someone to tie a sari.
The Whole 9 Yards - Kalpana Shah - Contents
The Whole 9 Yards - Kalpana Shah - History
I especially love how detailed and well explained all the instructions are in this book. Communicated through both text and descriptive photographs. Its easy for absolutely everyone to understand and follow.
The Whole 9 Yards - Kalpana Shah - Illustrations
While you may get a bit put-off if you lean more towards the ‘saris-are-for-aunties’ outlook its actually very useful to know how to tie one yourself and wear them from time to time. And no it doesn’t have to be those heavy, embellished shiny saris that you may have in mind. There are some gorgeous subtle versions out there which can be worn with some uber-chic even androgynous blouses or ofcourse the skimpy backless versions too. Saris are even mandatory in quite a few corporate offices which is why this book even has a separate chapter on the ‘Corporate Style’.
The Whole 9 Yards - Kalpana Shah - Corporate Style
This book can be purchased internationally on Amazon and locally on Flipkart & Ebay.
They even have “Learn Sari” which is a free app and is available in Google Play store for the Android.
Definitely a collectible! The information that this book provides, the amount of research that seems to have gone into it and the time spent on the descriptive photography is extensive and very detailed. I do however feel that the design execution could have been better. Especially if it aims to develop eagerness amongst the ‘younger’ generation of India.

Do you enjoy wearing saris? Whats your favourite style of draping one? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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  • Reply January 18, 2016

    Saksham Mittal

    Nice and simple blog that gives a brief on the history of the sari and their moderanization. We at http://www.shatika.co.in have similar views on the sarees.

    • Reply January 18, 2016


      Thank you Saksham.

  • Reply February 3, 2016


    Nice. Another really good book is Saris of India: Tradition and Beyond by Martand Singh. Highly recommended.

  • Reply February 12, 2016

    Saksham mittal

    Nice and simple blog that gives a brief on the history of the sari and their moderanization. We at http://www.shatika.co.in have similar views on the sarees.

  • Reply July 1, 2016

    Amruta Patil

    Hey.. Really nice article! I too am a beginner in the world of sarees and am raring to go 🙂 Would definitely checkout the book “The Whole 9 Yards” by Kalpana Shah. Thanks!

  • Reply August 15, 2016

    humera ansari

    Nice article on history of the sari. Please also add to chanderi sarees in your list.


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  • Reply March 6, 2017


    Beautiful Outfits For All Beautiful & Lovely Ladies..,
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  • Reply July 26, 2017

    Swarnali Kanjilal

    Thanks kalpana for sharing such a brief article about Indian sarees. No other dress can add such grace in any woman. Take care. Keep writing.

  • Reply December 12, 2017

    Priyanka Jha

    I am not able to express you how beautifully you depicted the whole thing about the saree. Thanks Kalpana for showing such perfection.

  • Reply August 25, 2018


    Hi Akansha, Love to read your fashion tips.I have a huge crush on Kota Doria Sarees as it helps me to look bold and beautiful together.

    • Reply August 26, 2018


      Sarees do have an unexplainable grace to them!

  • Reply June 10, 2019


    This is an amazing article ….
    love to feature in your new blog post ,

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