Whether you have to attend a wedding, a religious function, or a social get-together the first option of clothing for a woman is to wear a saree. It is a distinct garment that is classy enough for any occasion regardless of the style quotient.
- Front Draped Pallu (Gujarat)
Gujarat has its own method of draping which involves the pallu being draped and placed in the front. It is customarily worn by all women of Gujarat and Gujarati background. This specific style shows off the pleated section and the decorated pallu all in the front of the body so that nothing is missed out on.
A corner of the saree is tucked in at the waist and then taken around the body a few times. The pleats are then made pinned and tucked in at the navel. From the remaining fabric, you bring it from the back to the front over the shoulder and drape the pallu neatly across the bust, pin it securely to the blouse.
- South Indian Style
South India is famous for its pure silk sarees in bright colors. There is only one way to show off these artistic sarees and that is to wear it the south Indian way of draping. To do this simply take the saree around the waist and tie a knot and tuck in.
Proceed to pleat and then bring the pleats through the legs and tuck in. From the front, take the leftover material and take it through the legs again to the back and tuck in. It is known for this ‘dhoti’ look.
- Nauvari Style (Maharashtra)
Maharashtra is a large state in which different regions have a slightly different method of draping the saree, but all have a similar resemblance. The saree is taken from the center and put at the back, the ends are taken to the front and made into a knot.
the leftover corners are taken through the legs to appear like a baggy ‘dhoti’ garment and this is why a petticoat is not needed to wear inside. This provides a cool feel and better movement for active women, not to mention the attractive look that will stun all who wear it.
- Mohinyattam Style (Kerela)
This is a famous style that is widely seen worn by Bharatanatyam dancers and this is why they have received widespread popularity. Instead of the pleats being exposed out they are done in the opposite way.
The pleats are made and twisted around the body and then tucked in using the bottom not the top position of the saree to give the continuous frilled effects that women like. This style is also enhanced due to the use of pure silk sarees that are a common sight throughout the Southern Indian states on which silk production is done on a large scale.
- Kunbi Style (Goa)
Goa has a deeply influenced culture that is combined with many others. The traditional saree wearing is based on the clothing of typical tribal locals that introduced this method so that their clothing would not get spoilt while working in the paddy fields.
Here, the saree is simply wrapped around the waist and then just tightly tied into a knot above the shoulder. Since it is a simple style there us no need to wear a blouse or a petticoat with it.
- Santhal Style (Jharkhand)
Originating from Jharkhand, this style is one that is appealing to the eye for its different draping technique as well at the simple but colorful fabrics that are used to display this cultural background.
Here the pallu is the hero of the saree and it is first made into pleats that are tucked in at the navel. The rest of the pallu is taken over the shoulder to give a triangular appearance before it is taken to the back and then tucked in again. It may seem like a complex process but it is definitely worth it.
- Nivi Style (Uttar Pradesh)
This style appears to be modernistic and fashioned to keep up with the current fashion trends. It is an elegant looking saree drape that is suitable for attending some high fashioned events including parties.
Creating this look is simple, tuck one end in at the navel, take the saree around the body and start making pleats, secure the pleats and tuck in. Now with the rest of the material, take it over the shoulder and let it loose to display the pallu design.
- Surguja Style (Chhattisgarh)
This saree style is traditionally worn by dancers of Chhattisgarh and is unique in the fact that it measures less than 6 yards making it too short to be worn any other way.
The saree is wrapped around the waist loosely and at a higher height than normal, the loose fabric that is left loose at the back is simply tucked in at the back to provide the maximum amount of mobility to the wearer, it creates a look that is not distinguishable to any other type of saree draping method.
- Pinkosu Style (Madhurai)
This saree draping technique incorporates a typical saree look as well as a ‘dhoti’ inspired look and is a common sight in Tamil Nadu.
firstly, the saree is draped from the bottom and requires no petticoat underneath, this is why it is woven through the legs to give a dhoti appearance, after this, you can turn your attention to the top half and make the saree complete by doing a typical saree drape.
- Athpourey Style (West Bengal)
This was once the staple method of draping the saree in West Bengal, but today it just reserved for brides on their wedding day.
No pleating is required in this style as the saree is simply wrapped around the body at the waist and then the pallu is brought in front from the back to give an attractive look that every bride wants to wear on her special wedding day.
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