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“The sari,” said Puneet Nanda in Tokyo, “is a most elegant and amazing garment.”

Literally it is not a garment at all, but a length of material wrapped around the body in a basic style dating from antiquity. Simple though the sari seems to be, its wrapping and folding incorporate intricacies and subtleties. With bracelets, anklets and necklaces, the sari is undyingly popular with Indian women in all circumstances and for all occasions.

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