Maharashtra favourite Contrast Sarees.
People across India are completely immersed in the festive mood of Ganesh Chaturthi. They have already installed the idols of Lord Ganesha in their homes, temples and pandals amidst the loud chants of “Ganapati Bappa Morya”. Especially in Maharashtra, this auspicious occasion is celebrated on a large scale with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. You will see most of the Marathi women dressed in their traditional attires, popular contrast saree. Finely dressed in their traditional sarees along with some attractive gold ornaments, these women celebrate the festival of their favorite god with fervor and devotion.
The saree, which means Six and Nine Yards, has a historical milieu. It is said that during the Maratha rule, women were entrusted to help their fellow male warriors. To facilitate easy movement, Maharashtrian women introduced the Contrast saree which resembled a male trouser. Since then, it has become the traditional attire for women in Maharashtra. Wearing it reminds them of their competency in the male dominated society and equal stature in the bygone days, even during difficult times.
The Contrast saree is a stunning attire that is mostly worn by the Maharashtrian brides for their wedding ceremonies. It is typically draped in a traditional style that makes the brides look gorgeous and suave. You can see several women wearing sarees during major festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi and Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra.