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

The Madisar (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.

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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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:11:15 -0700

The film 'Madisar Mami' which had hit the roadblock due to its controversial title is finally going to see the light of the day. The film's title was opposed by a few organizations claiming that it denigrates the Brahmin community. The issue was taken ...

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:46:32 -0700

... பக்கங்களில் தொடர்பில் இருங்கள். Topics: tamil cinema, madisar mami, தமிழ் சினிமா, வழக்கு, பெயர் மாற்றம். English summary. The Tamil movie Madisar mami's name is changed as Pulippu Inippu.
 
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