Although girls these days don’t use half saree much in daily life, it is an unavoidable part of reel life. It plays a crucial role in defining the nature of a character. The garment is mostly used to indicate characters who hail from rural background or those who are naïve. Kalyani of Chembarathi and Kabani of the serial, Kabani are two examples that come to mind. It indicates the characters’ age, position in the family system and innocence.
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Let’s read more facts about the garment:
- Half saree is prevalent in the Southern states of India. Its name differs from state to state. In Telugu, it is called Langa Voni. Tamilians call it Pattu Pavadai Daavani and, for Kannadigas, it is Langa Davani.
- It is a variation of saree, one of the oldest garments. The dress symbolises a girl’s transition from childhood to adulthood. This is usually worn by girls who have crossed puberty. In certain cultures, relatives gift a girl davani once she hits puberty.
- You rarely come across a single shade davani costume. Contrasting colours are used to distinguish between skirt, blouse and saree.
- It is said to be a costume that can be worn in all seasons. It is airy in summer and warm in winter.
- Earlier, it was a common dress among girls. However, with time, it faded. It became an occasional outfit. It made a comeback with the movies Chennai Express and 2 States.
- Earlier, it had a simple look and was made using limited fabrics. Now, it is considered as one of the most fashionable attires and is available in different fabrics. However, it is no longer a daily costume. It is more of an occasional costume.
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