The Scientific Indian

A question for sari-clad Indian women

Why do Indian women drape their sari on the left shoulder normally? Is it just because of the preponderance of right handedness (so draping over left shoulder is just a bit more convenient) or is there some other reason?


  1. #1 david
    November 29, 2007

    Possibly for the same reasons you button your shirt left over right.

    … no, I don’t actually know.

  2. #2 Lassi Hippeläinen
    November 29, 2007

    I don’t know either. Wearing women’s clothes isn’t my favourite perversion…

    Maybe there is a practical reason. For example, think about picking up something on the ground with your right hand: the loose end of the cloth would fall down, if it were on the right shoulder.

    How do lefties wear their saris?

  3. #3 sowmya
    November 29, 2007

    I am just glad that it doesn’t go over both shoulders! Depending on how that is done, it can be awful and extremely restrictive.

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