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Six yards of sheer grace….six yards of beauty that is what describes a saree. Nothing makes a girl look more beautiful than a saree. No matter how westernized we might become yet the enchanting charm of the timeless saree never seems to fade away. Fashion trends might change but the trend that never changes or goes out of date is that of a saree. Since ages, a saree has been part of our culture that has reflected a woman’s beauty and elegance. A saree look makes a woman an epitome of beauty and grace.
India is a land of diversity and is a treasure house different varieties of saree and draping styles. The versatility of the saree drapes has inspired the international fashion industry thus winning the saree worldwide acclamation. All across India, the timeless garment is draped in a variety of different styles. Every state of India boasts of multiple ways of saree draping styles keeping sync with the needs of the women there. Hence one can say that there is a wide spectrum of ways saree drapes that befit women from all strata of the country. Have you always been fascinated by the different styles of Indian saree drapes? Are you wondering how to tie a saree in a traditional style to achieve an ethnic look? Here are some of the best traditional saree draping styles that have inspired the likes of famous designers like Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar to revamp the six-yard long Indian garment and make it a wonder for the ramp. Take a closer look at the drapes that has sent the fashion world in frenzy.
Remember Paro and Chandramukhi from the evergreen Bollywood flick Devdas, donning the traditional Bengali lal padh shari. Their Oti shundori look made people drool over it. The Bengali Atpouri saree drape is one of the most identifiable traditional saree draping styles. The traditional Bengali white and red bordered saree draped with box pleats on the front and pallu on both the shoulders is what gives the Bengali women apart from the league.
A unique feature that gives the traditional Bengali drape an offbeat contemporary look is that the pallu/veil is brought from the back of the left shoulder first followed by being from the back of the right shoulder. In the ancient era, the Bengali women also tied the keys of the house to the end of the pallu which signified that they were of utmost importance with the reins of the house in their hands and therefore commanded respect and honour.
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Wondering how to tie a saree to get the authentic Bengali look? Here are the steps that would help in draping a Bengali saree.
Maharashtra boasts of a peculiar saree draping style that resembles more like dhoti. The traditional Maharashtrian nine-yard long Nauvari saree reveals the strong and independent attribute of the women of Maharastra. The unusual draping style of the nauvari saree is worn around the legs like a dhoti whilst the upper part is worn like a normal saree. One of the best examples that demonstrate a nauvari saree is by the Lavani folk dancers of Maharastra. The nauvari sari permits easy movement of the legs thus accentuating every move of the wearer elegantly.
Are you looking for a guide that would help you to drape a Nauvari Saree in the right manner? Here is a step by step guide of how to tie a saree in Maharastrian stye.
A saree draping style that is practised by the womenfolk of Gujarat, U.P and Odisha on an everyday basis is that of a sedha pallu. The sedha pallu drape resembles the look of a lehenga choli with a difference that the pallu of a saree is used instead of the dupatta. The sedha pallu permits the freedom of movement and works specifically well with the heavily embellished sarees as the shoulder does not has to carry the weight of the heavy worked pallu. The sedha pallu is the perfect way of showcasing the intricate designs on the pallu and the border.
Are you thinking about how to achieve a gujarati look, how to tie a saree in a typical gujju style? Here is a guide that would help you to tie the saree in a Gujarati style.
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An exclusive way of wearing the Assamese handloom saree is the Mekhala Chadar that is usually worn by the petite beauties woman of Assam. The Mekhala Chadar comprises of two main pieces-the bottom part sarong made of crisscross pleats in the front wherein the upper part of the garment is tucked to the left side of waist in a triangle form. The other end of the mekhala chadar is thrown over the shoulder like a shawl.
Did the traditional mekhala chadar drape catch your fascination? Wondering how to wear saree in Assamese style? Here is a step by step guide that would help to wear a Mekhala chadar with ease.
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The simple and elegant gol saree is a Parsi drape that is worn by the Parsi women on festive occasions.A georgette or chiffon saree works best for the Parsi drape. In the Parsi drape, the pallu known as the Gara is taken from behind and is draped over the shoulder. The pallu hangs in loose folds over the left shoulder and it is then brought over the right shoulder with the folds splayed out in the front. A unique feature of the Parsi drape is that the pallu falls close to the hem.
Thinking about wearing a gol saree at your wedding? Here is a step by step guide of how to wear a Parsi gol saree drape.
Madisaru drape plays an important role in the Iyengar and Iyer culture of Tamil Nadu. The Madisaru saree drape is worn by women after marriage and sported at special occasions and festivities. It is one of the toughest styles of saree drapes that if worn properly it eradicates the need for a blouse and petticoat. The madisaru drape follows the Ardhnareshwar style of draping which refers to half man and half woman. In this saree draping style, the lower half is worn like a loincloth and the upper half is pleated like a normal saree.
Have you got inspired with the Madisaru drape? Here is a step by step guide for how to wear saree in Madisaru style.
The Coorgi saree drape finds its traces in the popular stories of Kaveri and Agastya.The unique draping style enables the women of Karnataka to lead an active life, perform the daily chores of climbing hilly slopes of Western ghats with the utmost ease. With pleats at the back, the Coorgi drape is paired with a full-sleeved blouse. The end of the saree brought below the left shoulder and is secured over the right shoulder with a firm knot known as Molakattu. Brides of Karnataka usually opt for a red and gold Kanjeevaram silk saree.
Did the coorgi saree drape inspire you? Here is a step by step guide of how to wear a saree in coorgi style.
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By Anushri Adhikary | 29 Mar, 2020
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