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Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2011 6:00 pm

The Sari or Saree is derived from the Sanskrit language, which means "strip of cloth." The cloths used are often cotton or silk and between five to seven yards. In ancient Indian tradition the navel of the Supreme Being is considered to be the source of life and creativity, thus, the midriff is left bare by the Saree.

Sarees are often dressy with plenty of fancy patterns, ornamented with mirrors, and embroidery that can be woven in gold or silver threads. This is called Zari work. Hand-woven, hand-decorated Sarees, Salwars, Kurtis and Lehengas are much more expensive than the machine imitations. These traditional masterpieces and beautiful jewelry can be found at Sona Chaandi in Tempe.

For the modern woman this dress can be worn to a wedding, church, special dinner or as formal wear. Whatever the occasion, you will be admired when wearing this dress. The Tempe location also offers eyebrow threading, which is an ancient method of hair removal popular in India. Also called Bande Abru ("Abru" means eyebrow and "Band" is thread). The concept is to use pure, thin, twisted cotton thread. Unlike tweezing, threading removes whole rows resulting in a straighter line. Sona Chaandi offers this service for $5.95.

ON Fashion lives in Ahwatukee Foothills, is married with two children, has modeled since age 10 and was a runway model for more than 15 years. She owns two businesses, is a seamstress, fashion designer and world traveler. Her fashion column appears twice a month in the AFN. E-mail questions to

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