Due to migration to different Western countries like South Africa etc.,many Indian women began to wear the normal sari below the waistline exposing the navel which is known as Low-rise sari or low hip sari. Also due to liberalization and changing global markets,saris are reemerging as an erotic wrap which can expose as much as it conceals. As a result,saris began to be designed in many innovative ways and different materials.Transparent & semi-transparent saris made of sheer fabrics like chiffon etc., is one such example.
These saris are tied in different ways such as petticoat being tied at about 4-6 inches below the navel and just above the pubic area ,or where the blouse is small which ends just below the Breasts and the pallu is thin thereby exposing the some part of the blouse and almost the entire midriff. This were made popular by the celebrities of Bollywood industry and other popular regional film industries like Tamil cinema and Telugu cinema.These are mainly worn by the rich and educated upper class women who consider navel exposure as a fashion. But wearing the sari below the navel doesn’t always refer to exposing the navel.Sometimes the navel is covered with the pallu in a low-rise sari also.In some corporates in India,saris are required to be worn in an elegant manner avoiding navel exposure.
The sari is worn by women throughout Bangladesh. Sari is the most popular dress for women in Bangladesh, both for casual and formal occasion. There are many regional variations of Saris in both silk and cotton. But the Jamdani Tanta/Taant cotton, Dhakai Benarosi, Rajshahi silk, Tangail Tanter sari, tashar silk, and Katan sari are the most popular in Bangladesh.
In Pakistan, saris are less commonly worn than the Salwar kameez which is worn throughout the country. Because of its long association with the Hindu culture and it exposing the stomach and navel, Sari is considered to be against the injunctions of Islam and as a ‘Hindu dress’. Even though, saris have been worn by people living in the region that is now Pakistan since ancient times, it has lost popularity since 1947. Many Islamic right wing elements have pressed on a move to ban saris. However, the sari remains a popular garment among the upper class for many formal functions. The sari is worn as daily wear by Pakistani Hindus, by elderly Muslim women who were used to wearing it in pre-partition India and by some of the new generation who have reintroduced the interest in saris. Saris are almost exclusively used as Wedding dress throughout the Mohajir, Sindhi, Punjabi and Kashmiri Muslims. The madar-e-millat of Pakistan Fatima Jinnah was always seen wearing a sari.
Sri Lankan women wear saris in many styles. However, two ways of draping the sari are popular and tend to dominate; the Indian style (classic nivi drape) and the Kandyan style (or osaria’ in Sinhalese). The Kandyan style is generally more popular in the hill country region of Kandy from which the style gets its name. Though local preferences play a role, most women decide on style depending on personal preference or what is perceived to be most flattering for their figure.
The traditional Kandyan (osaria) style consists of a full blouse which covers the midriff completely, and is partially tucked in at the front as is seen in this 19th century portrait. However, modern intermingling of styles has led to most wearers baring the midriff. The final tail of the sari is neatly pleated rather than free-flowing. This is rather similar to the pleated rosette used in the Dravidian style noted earlier in the article.
The Kandyan style is considered the national dress of Sinhalese women. It is the uniform of the air hostesses of Sri Lankan Airlines.
Saree is the most commonly worn women uniform in Nepal. Since the time immemorial saree is worn by Nepalese women. It is more importantly worn in religious activities. A woman wearing a saree is regarded as sober lady. A lady with sari seems elegant,gorgeous and sensuous. However, nowadays, modern women prefer uniform other than saree for their convenience.
In Nepal, a special style of draping is used in a sari called haku patasihh. The sari is draped around the waist and a shawl is worn covering the upper half of the sari, which is used in place of a pallu.