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Sari, has defined Indian womanhood for over 5000 years now, every woman in India embraces it like as an inheritance from her mother/ grandmother. An eternally fashionable garment and elegant drape considered to be an inseparable part of Indian woman, is losing its sheen in the sands of time.
The Whole 9 Yards, a coffee table book by Kalpana Shah, aims to revive the art of Sari draping and restore the magic created by our ancestors with this unique piece of garment.
The Whole 9 Yards, encompasses the experience of Kalpana Shah, wherein she unravels the history and myths behind the Sari and exposes readers to an array of styling options for each occasion. It combines traditional and modern draping techniques to create cult draping patterns that suit woman of all ages
The charm of a Sari lies in its simplicity, flowing grace and the endless styling possibilities that it offers. Unfortunately, these possibilities remain unexplored because of the misconceptions surrounding this unique piece of cloth. India is a rich amalgamation of diverse culture, each of which has its own speciality and intricacies. Sari draping is one attribute common to all the cultures. Whole 9 Yards, understands this woven heritage and discovers its facets to showcase the readers draping styles that encompass our legacy across traditions.
As they say, the beauty of a Sari does not lie in its fabric, designs and patterns but the way it is draped. The Whole 9 Yards, is a classic attempt to unravel a mystery that for decades has plagued many young women- the perfect drape for a beautiful Sari. Exquisite design and concise, well written copy together with beautiful imagery ensures that the book is not just a pleasing to look at, but is a guide which each mother would like to pass on to her daughter as a value that would remain with her for life.