A sari is a long strip of unstitched cloth, which is draped by Indian women it practically typifies Indian women and showcases the vast diversity of Indian culture as a whole. The word "Sari" is derived from the Sanskrit and the Prakrit (pre-Sanskrit language) root, "Sati", which means, "strip of fabric". Interestingly, the Buddhist Jain works, the Jatakas, describe women's apparel, called the "Sattika", which could well have been similar to the present-day saree. Another fact is that the end of the saree that hangs downward from the shoulder is called the Pallav, Pallu or Anchal. Experts believe that the name came to be during the reign of the Pallavas, the ruling dynasty of ancient Tamilnadu.