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A Tamil couple c. 1945; the wife is wearing a madisar sari.

The Madisar or Koshavam (Tamil: மடிசார்) is a way in which the sari is worn mostly by the womenfolk of the Brahmin community in Tamil Nadu, India. In the olden days this was the customary style in which the sari was worn by a woman after her marriage. Today, to suit modern trends and yet accommodate traditions, the madisar is worn by women on select festive occasions and religious ceremonies.[1] Normally saris are six yards in length but since the madisar is worn in a different style, one requires a nine-yard sari to wear it. It is a very important part of the Iyer and Iyengar culture. Both Iyer and Iyengar Brahmin wear madisars for all important occasions in their lives, starting with marriage, followed by Seemantham (form of a baby shower), all important Puja, and death ceremonies.[2]

Iyers and Iyengars wear Madisars differently. Iyers drape the Pallu (the layer of sari which comes over one's shoulder) over the right shoulder while Iyengars wear it over the left shoulder.Conventionally, Madisar is maroon or red in colour, nowadays Madisar is being worn in other colours according to people's wishes.

Madisars are available in a variety of materials such as silk, cotton, cotton-silk blends, polyester-cotton blends, etc. These days a version of the madisar is also tied using the 6-yard sari. Though not as traditional, it is easier and more convenient to wear.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Usha Raman. "The Whole Nine Yards". 
  2. ^ "Madisar Pudavai". Tamilnadu.com. 5 February 2013. 




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118 news items

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:52:30 -0700

“Filming on location in Kumbakonam, Chennai, and Pondicherry and wearing the madisar [nine yard sari] every day helped me adopt the mannerisms of the character,” says Bhise. A jazz singer and trained dancer, she also relied on her Bharatnatyam training ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 03:30:00 -0700

In her expert hands, the garment unfolds its traditional charm and contemporary appeal. Retro style, ghagra style, gown style, dhoti style, Parsi style, Bengali style…she knows 300 and more ways of draping. “Even your madisar is lovely. I have given ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:30:00 -0700

Prepping for the role included wearing the nine yards madisar sari among her many 'firsts' for the role. She was also quite surprised to know the environment that surrounded Janaki was matriarchal. “She did have a say in the things that happened in the ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:11:15 -0700

Prepping for the role included wearing the nine yards madisar sari, one of many firsts for her, for the role. She was also quite surprised to learn that the environment that surrounded Janaki was matriarchal. “She had a say in the things that happened ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:35:33 -0700

Prepping for the role included wearing the nine yards madisar sari among her many 'firsts' for the role. She was also quite surprised to know the environment that surrounded Janaki was matriarchal. “She did have a say in the things that happened in the ...
 
The New Indian Express
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:15:16 -0700

As one who has been working in Muscat for a decade, it was quite strange for me to spot the other day, in a hypermarket of the city—the capital of Oman—an apparently 50-plus woman wearing the nine-yard sari in the brahminical Madisar style. Though ...

Times of India

Times of India
Tue, 28 May 2013 12:12:22 -0700

CHENNAI: Suggestive title, complete with provocative visuals, has resulted in the judicial ban on the release of Tamil film 'Madisar Mami' (Madisar is the traditional nine-yard sari worn mostly by orthodox Brahmin women). Holding that the title ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:48:29 -0800

From top celebs and politicians, Sujatha Pai, the fashion designer has a queue of clients throughout the year, who show up at her store Ambi with a trunk of old fabrics, only to watch them alchemise into slinky outfits or more. 1; 2. From madisars to ...
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