Indian Sari Paper Dolls

Indian Sari Paper Dolls craft

Crayola Color Switchers™ Markers are perfect to create the woven designs and exquisite motifs found on traditional Indian saris.

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    Although worn by women of other countries, the sari is associated with the dress of India. A sari is a length of unsown, woven cloth (13 to 26 in by 4 ft or 4 to 8 m by 120 cm). With more than 100 different languages spoken in India and nearly the same number of distinct ethnic groups, there are many different styles for wearing a sari. The look of the sari also depends upon the wearer’s age, marital status, and class. Some saris are made of silk and others are of cotton.

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    The rich and elaborate patterns of the fabric’s weave are exquisite. Often, designs along the edges of the cloth are intended to show beautifully when the sari is draped. Study pictures of women in saris to see how their clothing is worn. Most of the fabric is pleated at the waist, and then wound around to form a skirt or trousers. The rest of the cloth is draped across the upper body, covering at least one shoulder and at times, the head.

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    With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, draw your paper doll on a recycled file folder. Cut her out with Crayola Scissors.

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    Trace around the paper doll’s body to make a sari pattern. On the pattern, draw a line from one shoulder down across her chest. Add tabs at the shoulder and waist. Cut out your sari. Bend the tabs down and check to see how it covers your paper doll. It sh

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    With Crayola Multicultural Markers, detail the woman’s face, neck, arms, and midriff. Color a fitted under-blouse and petticoat on her figure.

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    Using Crayola Color Switchers™ Markers, design and decorate your saris. Color the background first. Flip the Color Switchers Marker and apply the special color switcher to create patterns. Design appropriate saris to celebrate various occasions and festiv

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    If you want your paper doll to stand up, cut a small strip of file folder. Make a partial cut on either end. Slip it on the bottom of the doll to form a semicircle behind the figure.