Maharashtra changing clothing styles Vast diversity can be observed throughout Maharashtra in respect of ethnic attire and dressing styles. Traditional maharashtrian dresses are generally considered synonymous with the dresses worn by the people on the eastern side of western ghats. Traditional maharashtrian sari is nauvari sari, a nine-yards sari. Traditional maharashtrian male dress consists of a shirt, lungi or pyjama, and a topi. However, nowadays with the advent of modern and cosmopolitan fashion trends, the nine yard sari is mostly worn by the old ladies of previous generations. They call the sari as sadi or lugade.
It covers about half the length of the back. Its width varies between 42 to 45 inches and it has two length wise borders, called as ‘kanth’ or ‘kinar’. It has also two borders breadth wise at both the ends, which is called as ‘padar’. One side is more decorated than the other. The Maratha Brahmin ladies and ladies of other classes too wear this lugade with the hind pleats, which are tucked into the waist at the center of backside. The decorated end is thrown over the left shoulder. The traditional Maharashtrian accompaniment with nine yard saree is the choli. The Maratha ladies allow it to cover their breast and back over the head.
The sarees are made from cotton or silk. There are different types of sarees such as paithani, narayanpethi, irakali, ichalkaranji, banarasi, chanderi, kanjivaram, etc. depending upon the material used and types of kanth and padar. The sarees of five and six yards have become popular among the fashionable young ladies of Maharashtra in the urban areas. These types of sarees are worn over the parkar or ghagara, popularly known as petticoat. The old fashioned choli are now replaced by the blouses and polkas. The cholis are modified into the blouses, with close fitting sleeves up to the elbow and low cut necks.