Different unique saree draping styles

Published: 20th June 2011
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Different region people wear a saree in different styles and some styles require a sari of a particular length. It is worn in 10 to 15 styles throughout India. The most common style is wrapped around the waist in which one end is draped over the shoulder. It is five to six yards of unstitched cloth worn over a Blouse and a Petticoat. In North Karnataka and Maharashtra, women wear a nine yard saree without a petticoat. Kannadiga, Mangalorean, Kodava, Bengali, Malayali, Gujarati and Tamilian women wear sarees of different styles. In this globalized world, the dress of Indians is also getting westernized. Being most utilitarian in different occasions, it is still reigning in rural India.

1.Nivi: This style is worn in Andhra Pradesh. It is held in place by the tucks into the petticoat waistband and the pallu is hanging over the shoulder. In case of 'Kaccha nivi' , the pleats are passed through the legs and tucked into the waist at the back allowing free movement.

2.Maharashtrian: In this type of draping a sari, the centre of the sari is placed at the centre of the back. The ends are brought forward and tied neatly. Again the two ends are wrapped around the legs. An extra-long cloth is used and the ends are then passed up over the shoulder. The difference between this type of sari and the male maharashtrian dhoti is this long cloth only. The traditional type of nine yards sari is worn by the Brahmin women of different Southern states of India.

3. Bengali: This style of draping a sari has no pleats. The pallu has a bunch of keys that falls over the shoulder.

4.Dravidian: In this style, it is pleated rosette, at the waist. It is worn by Tamil nadu women.

5.Gujarati: In this style of draping, sari is draped over the right shoulder in the front rather than over the left shoulder. The modern non-Gujarati women wear this type in social occations with the eye-catching magnificent pallus.

6.Coorgi: In this style, it involves tying the pleats in the rear and a small portion of the pallu is placed over the shoulder

7.Mundum Neryathum: This style is worn in Kerala. It made of unbleached cotton and decorated with gold or colored stripes and borders. It is also called as the two-piece sari.

8.Gond: In this style, the cloth of the sari is first draped over the left shoulder and then it arranged to cover the body.

9.Tribal Styles: In tribal styles, sari is tied firmly across the chest covering the breasts.

Different Styles of tying a saree

To wear a saree, the needed accessories along with the saree are matching blouse and petticoat. The blouse should be fit to the body. Petticoat should be threaded with elastic or with cotton tape, to tie it around the waist comfortably and it should be of ankle length.

First of all, put on a petticoat tightly around your waist and take the inner end of the saree. Starting from left side, tuck the upper edge of it into your petticoat in front and a little bit more towards right hand side by leaving the remaining saree towards left side. Check the lower edge of the saree leveled with the ground.

Now bring the loose (other) end of the saree towards your right hand side around back by tucking the upper edge of it into the petticoat till one fourth if right side.

Based on your height and taste, leave the end portion of the saree which is called 'pallu' and place it over your left shoulder. This upper boarder should slant across the bust from under the right arm to over the left shoulder. After making the pallu, a large portion of the saree is left. Turn this remaining saree into around 7 to 10 with the equal breadth starting from your left hand side.

Pleating needs both the hands, with the right hand holding the pleats and the left, supporting the forefinger at one edge and thumb pinkie at the other edge of your body. After pleating, arrange them one behind the other. The last one should be little broader than the rest. Pull them up slightly for its smooth look and tuck them a bit more towards left side. Make the lower end of the saree leveled with the ground as the gracefulness of the saree depends mainly on these pleats. Getting a fall stitched on the saree bottom ensures a better drape.

Finally you can leave the pallu on your left hand fully without folds with which you can exhibit the loveliness of your saree pallu. You can also make it stand on the shoulder itself by turning it into pleats. We can make it firm with the help of a safety pin by attaching it to your blouse.

Various Colors of Sarees

It is a feminine prerogative to beautify herself. Flowers, cosmetics, ornaments, gay colorful clothing -- with these women down the ages have created stunning looks. Many a man has been charmed, dazzled, seduced, enchanted, bewitched, captivated, enraptured, and mesmerized by women who can literally use clothes, jewellery and other accompaniments as weapons. It is a feminine prerogative to beautify herself. Flowers, cosmetics, ornaments, gay colorful clothing -- with these women down the ages have created stunning looks.

Many a man has been charmed, dazzled, seduced, enchanted, bewitched, captivated, enraptured, and mesmerized by women who can literally use clothes, jewellery and other accompaniments as weapons.

The Saree is a very unique dress. With only tucks and folds, it is worn in such a way that it sheaths the body almost completely. The demure Indian woman, covered from head to presents a picture of modesty. But, as women only know how to, a Saree however all encompassing, can be gently pulled and draped to hint at the alluring form underneath. It is the promise of what it enfolds which makes the Saree a bewitching garment.

A sari is not a dress; it is just like a fabric which needs to be draped neatly in a proper way to increase its appearance. We can say this traditional garment of India as a versatile one as it could be worn in different ways like gown, skirt, shorts, and trousers without a single stitch. These sarees are available in a number of fabrics like cottons, pure silks, synthetics etc in different colors.

A properly draped saree transforms a woman to become stylish, graceful, elegant and sensuous. If you pinup the tip of the sari and let the rest fall on your hand, it looks smart for parties. A falls stitched at the bottom of the sari make the sari more graceful. It is also embellished with gold thread work, cutwork, appliqué work, and embroidery. Indian civilization has placed a tremendous importance on unstitched fabric. The belief is unstitched fabric is pure.

The success of the Sari is attributed to its total simplicity, practical comfort, and sense of luxury, a woman experiences. A sari is an outfit which reveals as much as it hides. To wear it nicely, practice is needed.


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