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The Indian Sari

A charming folktale explains the origin of the Sari as follows:

It is said, that the first Saree was born on the loom of a fanciful weaver. He dreamt all day long of the beauty of his beloved woman. The shimmer of her tears. The drape of her tumbling hair. The colors of her many moods. The softness of her skin. All these he wove together. He couldn't stop as there were so many facets. He wove for many yards. And when he was done, the story goes, he sat back and smiled and smiled and smiled".

Legend, fantasy, history or fact, it is the first recorded reference to the enduringly attractive Sari - the longest running 'in fashion' item of feminine apparel in the world.

The Sari has been the traditional dress of the Indian woman for centuries. It consists of a panel of approximately 6 yard in length. One end is gorgeously adorned: the Pallu. This end is being tossed over the shoulder and it's the centerpiece of the Sari.

Although it is an untailored length of cloth, the fabric is highly structured and its design vocabulary very sophisticated. The main field of the sari is framed on three sides by a decorative border of flowering plants, tribals or abstract symbols. At the end you find a fancy and richly ornamented part. This end piece is the part of the sari that is draped over the shoulder and left to hang over the back or front, known popularly as the Pallu. The beauty and mystery of Saris lies in the great variety of colors and ways it is patterned - whether woven, embroidered or printed.

The epitome of female sensuality is aesthetically portrayed by this 6-yard dress Ė the Sari. Often the pattern reminds on traditionally Bavarian symbols so the idea was close to use this fabric for traditional dirndl dresses. Also the fact the all saris are somehow one-of-a-kinds as they are woven individually and you canít find any identic pattern makes it truly to haute couture on highest level.

The Dubai based German designer Carolin Kopp is catching the spirit of time, using multicultural influenced fabrics with individually designed Asian and Indian pattern and combines the old craft art of the native traditional German local costume tailoring with modern fashion designs. Her gorgeous dirndl creations are up to date but aware of tradition, and designed with the absolutely love to the detail and are portable not only to the Oktoberfest in Munich or Dubai.