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Malegaon Navvari

Gracefully traditional yet timeless, the Maharashtrian Malegaon Navvari sari has survived generations with ease. With an appeal that is hard to resist, Navvari saris have been a favorite of the women of Maharashtra.

Allegedly, the Navvari sari originated during wartime. It is said that during the Maratha rule, women were entrusted to help their fellow male warriors and felt the need for a garment that aided free movement. This idea gave birth to the Navvari sari.

As per Marathi tradition, Navvari is known as the Akanda Vastra, which means it does not need any other attire to support it. It is also known as Kaashtha, Sakachcha and Lugada. Traditionally, a woman who wore a Navvari was looked upon with a lot of respect. This style covered both the shoulders and was introduced by the Peshwa women.

Originally Navvari saris were made of pure cotton. Nowadays we can also find these beauties in lustrous silk. The Navvari gets its name from its length of nine yards.

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