IT’S a 5,000-year-old garment and has been found in the Indus Valley civilisation, one of the earliest in the world. It has been called the nine-yard wonder for the myriad ways it can be draped over a person. It’s timeless – both ancient and yet modern.
It can also be a most modest form of dressing, with almost all women in India wearing it at one time or another. Muslims wear it too, with the cloth covering their hair and serving as a veil.