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INDIA: THE SARI

The ancient sari is the most common fashion for Indian women.  It is a straight piece of cloth ( 1 yard x 4 yards) that is wrapped around the body to make a long dress.  There are many different ways to wrap the fabric depending on the section of the country in which you live.  The loose end is placed over the head or shoulders.  Saris are made of many different  materials and are often covered with colorful patterns and designs.

1. If Amishe has a piece of fabric 2 yards x 20 yards, how many saris can she make?____________

2. A cotton sari can be purchased for 2129 rupees.  ( $1 = 43 rupees) How much would it cost in U.S. dollars? _________

3. A beautiful silk sari costs $140.  How much is that in rupees? _____________

4. Ajami is embroidering colorful peacocks on her sari.  It takes her 12 hours to sew each peacock.  If she is sewing 3 peacocks on her sari, how many days will it take her to complete the sari if she works 8 hours a day?  __________
how many similar saris could she complete in 36 days? _____________

5. Batik is the ancient art of  dye and wax to create beautiful designs on fabrics.  If Maris has 12 colors of dye and is using 2 colors for each piece of fabric, how many combinations of color could she make? __________

6. Mrs. Desai and her daughter are sewing beads onto their fabric.  Together they sew on 1516 beads.  Mrs. Desai sews on 3 times more beads than her daughter.  How many beads does each one sew? __________________________

Indian Sari Solutions

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