A saree is not just a long, uncut, unstitched rectangular piece of cloth that is worn by women in the Indian Subcontinent but it is something that makes every woman look beautiful and elegant without even trying. It is an age old tradition and a cultural inheritance that has been carried forward for generations. It is very important to drape the saree in a way that brings out the best in you.
The six-yard long cloth can be draped in many different styles, with each style giving you a new look, a new outfit and even a new identity. It comes in different densities of fabric and the body of the saree is often lighter than the pallu so as to let it wrap around the body easily. Its versatility and uniqueness leave scope for adjustments at all times and it can transform itself according to the need and function of the moment.
In India every region has its own take on a saree. Gujaratis wear it differently, Bengalis wear it differently, and pretty much every Indian community has its own distinct way of draping a saree. Today, we will talk about the five most popular ways in which we can wear a saree, to suit all occasions; something stylish yet so traditional bringing out a depiction of every culture. Try them out and let us know which style works out best for you.
1) The Traditional method
The traditional way of draping the saree is one of the most common ways of tying the saree. In this style one end (opposite end from the pallu) is tucked into the petticoat from the front and then draped once around the waist and pleats are formed and tucked in the middle facing left. The remaining saree is then hung over the left shoulder to cover the chest. You can also neatly pleat the pallu and pin it on the shoulder, so it becomes easier to manage and the saree stays in place.
2) Gujarati Pallu
The Gujarati way, also known as the “seedha pallu”, is seen commonly worn by the women of many northern states like, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar. The first and basic distinction in this style of draping the saree is that here the pleats of the saree face the right, contrary to the others facing left. Also what is distinct about the Gujarati way is that the pallu comes from the back to the front from the right side. After which it is spread across the chest, and the left edge is tucked in the petticoat at the back. This style works wonders incase your saree has an elaborate border and you want it displayed.
Tip : Pear-shaped women with big hips and stomachs should try and opt for a Gujarati-style seedha pallu with minimum pleats on the stomach. Tighten the sari well so it skims your body, instead of making it look heavier.
3) Bengali Pallu
In a Bengali way the saree is draped without pleats. It is wrapped around the waist and brought back to the right side and the pallu is tossed over the left shoulder. Then the pallu is brought from under the right arm and is once again slung over the left shoulder. One can also add a key bunch to the edge to complete this traditional look.
4) Maharashtrian Pallu
Instead of the usual five-and-a-half meters, the sari in this version measures eight meters. The saree apes a dhoti style somewhat, with some of the fabric tucked between the legs to divide them. Worn without a petticoat underneath, this saree is seen nowadays being worn in a very contemporary style and is a show stealer. Thus it forms a kind of divided sari, allowing greater freedom of movement. In this version of the saree the pallu drapes the shoulder or is used to cover the head.
5) Tamilian Pallu
Like the Maharashtra way, this version also requires a nine-yard saree as opposed to the five-yard one and is worn without a petticoat inside. Once the saree is wrapped around the waist, the pleats are positioned along the left leg and the rest of the saree is taken over the left shoulder, wrapped once again round the waist and tucked on the left side.
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