As promised I’m back with another article on sarees. This time it’s all about draping the saree – traditional and modern styles.
There are many ways to wear a saree. Many states in India have their own popular style. One of the most popular way is the one shown in the picture.
Click here to learn how to wear the above style.
Few essentials needed to wear a saree :
Saree, blouse, in skirt / petticot, appropriate footwear, accessories.
Saree pins are optional as their use depends on what kind of drape you are trying.
Different Styles of Saree Drapes:
The list of styles I’m sharing here is not exhaustive. There are so many different styles to drape a saree but I’m sharing the most popular ones. If you want to learn the style, just click on the name of that style and it will take you to a you tube link where you can actually see the tutorial.
Instead of an in skirt / petticot, usually cycling shorts/ slacks are worn and then the saree is artfully draped.
The Bengali style is quite popular. If you really know how to wear it, you don’t need even a single pin to tie the saree. The pleats are also different- they are quite broad and hence they don’t look like pleats at all . Check the tutorial to learn more.
I’m always awestruck when I see my Gujarati friends wearing sarees in Gujarati style. One of my personal favorite styles. Again no pins needed if you are a pro. I couldn’t resist sharing my friend, Gauri’s picture. She is a Gujarati and truly knows the art of draping a saree.
With new fabrics and designs coming up, the modern Indian woman is trying out all the possibilities when it comes to draping a saree. These days you can even buy a ready made saree which comes with built in pleats. It saves you a lot of time.
Here are few of my experiments with different kinds of sarees. All three sarees in these pictures are my mother’s sarees. And I feel proud every time I wear them. These sarees are about 35 + years old.
Few tips :
Always wear your makeup before draping your saree.
Wear your shoes/sandals to get the right length of the saree.
Wear your jewelry in the end.
What do you think of above styles? Which one is your favorite?
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