Saris, particularly those made of hand-woven cloth, are considered important symbols of Indian identity and pride, according to Encyclopedia.com. The sari has been worn in India since 3000 B.C. The ancient people of India knew the art of sewing but preferred draped and wrapped clothing, such as saris.
Because it is an important symbol of Indian culture and tradition, the sari is frequently worn on special occasions, even by those Indians who have adopted Western dress. There are various methods of wearing the sari; religious beliefs and local customs sometimes dictate the number of pleats in a sari and the direction in which it is folded, according to Encyclopedia.com.