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The Indian saree is usually worn over a petticoat with a blouse known as a choli or ravika forming the upper garment. The choli has short sleeves and a low neck and is usually cropped, and as such is particularly well-suited for wear in the sultry South Asian summers. Cholis may be backless or of a halter neck style. The most common style is for the indian sari to be wrapped around the waist, with the loose end of the drape to be worn over the shoulder, baring the stomach.
Saris are woven with one plain end (the end that is concealed inside the wrap), two long decorative borders running the length of the saree sari, and a one to three foot section at the other end which continues and elaborates the length-wise decoration. This end is called the pallu; it is the part thrown over the shoulder in the nivi style of draping.