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Published on Apr 1, 2014
The Coorg style of draping a sari involves tucking the pleats at the back of the waist, instead of the front. The end of the sari is brought below the left shoulder, and secured over the right shoulder in a firm knot.
This style suits Coorg women leading an active life while climbing up and down slopes in their mountainous homeland in the Western Ghats in the Indian State of Karnataka.
Mythological origin of Coorg sari:
Kavera Muni, a great sage, selected Brahmagiri in Coorg as a place suitable for meditation and there prayed to Lord Bhahma for children. Brahma gave him Lopamudra for a daughter. Lopamudra, also known as Kaveri, married sage Agastya on the condition that her husband should not stay away from her even for a moment. On one occasion, sage Agastya put his wife in his kamandala (water pot) and went for a bath. Enraged by the betrayal, Kaveri spilled out of the pot and flowed away as a raging river. Agastya tried to stop her. But Kaveri washed over Coorg women, pleading to stop her flight from their land, with such force, that the pleats of their saris were swept from front to back.