Different Styles of Saree Draping in India

by Shatika, July 25, 2016

An old Tempered Art 

Saree draping is an art as old as the hills. Draping a saree is something all girls clamour to learn as they skeetter on the high heels of their mothers, as young as eight or ten! The saree started very humbly, that is, sarees without blouses, then the draping became formal and blouses came into fashion. The saree then again was given a re-look. So starting from blouseless to blouses, the journey has been interesting and we love it because it is our saree. We love to drape it, the conventional or the modern way. India is a land of colour and varied cultures, so succinct in the varied dresses that decorate its people. Indian dressing style is marked by territory and fabric worn and the social status. The most conventional of all dressing is the saree. Today the sarees are adorned with velvet patches, ribbon work, laces, Resham work, intricate hand embroidery, zircons, crystals, diamonds Embellished on saree material like net, shimmer, shimmer net, pure silk, raw silk, brocade, crepe, georgette etc to make women attractive, irresistible and above all well-dressed. Saree is a true Indian tradition as it holds Indian values and culture. Although saree wearing is a difficult task but after wearing it for so long. The Indian woman has learned to do wonders with the six yards.

Gujrati Sari Draping Style : The Gujaratis are very fond of wearing their sarees with their pallu pulled from the shoulder and spread in front and the ends of the saree are neatly tucked away at the sides. The advantage is that garba can be played with that verve and energy, wearing this kind of saree and the added advantage is that the gold jewellery can be on full display. Patola sarees are one of the finest hand-woven sarees produced in Gujarat. Famous from the 12th century to the twentieth century drape yourself in the lovingly curated saree and feel the warmth of tradition!

Maharashtrian Sari Draping Style : The Saree draping style of the tall lively Maharastrain women is complicated but very comfortable. The saree is eight metres long. One portion of the sari is drawn up between the legs and tucked in behind at the waist, while another portion is draped as a pallu over the bosom. Thus it forms a kind of divided sari, allowing greater freedom of movement and then watch the ladies do lavni. The traditional Paithani sarees draped demurely will certainly create some tremors not measured on the richter scale!

Tamilian Sari Draping Style : Like the Maharashtrian version, the saree in this version also measures eight meters. After wrapping around the waist, the pleats are positioned along the left leg. The rest of the sari is taken over the left shoulder, wrapped once again round the waist and tucked on the left side. The tall tamilian women look very graceful wearing the saree in this fashion. They are almost like work pants. Enjoy the soft fine feel of a pure silk in the Arni silk saree or the kancheepuram while draping of a saree with sagacity of Arni or the rich splendour of the sublime silk saree of Tamilnadu.

draping styles in india

Bengali Draping Style : The saree is worn pleatless, it is wrapped around the waist, brought back to the right side and the pallu is thrown over the left shoulder. The pallu is then brought up under the right arm and once again cast over the left shoulder and a bunch of keys are tied to the pallu end. How nice you don’t have to make pleats! This was the traditional ways of wearing a saree. Do choose the one which suits you and also depending on the texture of the saree chosen to wear. The Baluchari silk sarees are soaked in tradition. You will love evocative grand pallus or even a grand kantha saree.

Mumtaj Style : Get back to the retro era, you will first have to choose a light fabric like georgette or chiffon and a heavy border. The saree is worn in three levels without pleats and the pallu is tucked in one shoulder. Then you can dance the twist and relive a bygone era.

Lehanga Saree Draping Style : Shatika’s very own Designer Lehenga Sarees which has flooded the market and the minds of the young ladies. The pleats are readymade. Just the kind of dressing for the young woman of the twentieth century, who works hard and parties harder, she looks for simplicity in life and ladies draping a saree has got very simple. You just have to wear the saree and adjust the pallu and put your best foot forward.

different draping style

The saree is a versatile garment which can be worn as you like it. In form, it looks as wonderful as the next style of draping! Each saree is a gem and you can keep adding and your treasure chest will only make a queen out of you!

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