Saree Draping Styles

Sarees are the traditional dress for Indian women and every state has its own unique saree draping style.In fact there are more than 125 unique ways of draping a saree. A sari is an outfit that reveals just as much as it covers. A perfectly draped sari around a woman's body accentuates her curves and makes a fashion and style statement.A correctly draped saree makes a woman look fashionable,elegant and sensuous while a clumsily draped saree can ruin the whole look. Here we present you some fundamental steps about how exactly to drape a sari in different styles.

Bengali Saree Draping:

This saree is worn pleat less; 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. Often an ornate key bunch is added to the edge to complete this very feminine and elegant drape.

The Maharashtrian Saree Draping:

Instead of the usual five-and-a-half meters, the sari in this version measures nine yards. 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 rarely seen nowadays except on festive occasions. 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.

Gujarati Saree Draping:

This version of draping commonly known as the seedha pallu way,is also founds in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar. Instead of opening to the left, the pleats are tucked so that they open to the right. Then, the pallu is taken to the back and brought over the right shoulder. It is then spread across the chest, and the left edge is tucked in the petticoat at the back. Pear-shaped women with big hips and stomachs should try and opt for a Gujarati-style seedha pallu with minimum pleats on the stomach.

Kerala Saree Draping:

Onam cannot be complete without the beautiful and traditional Kerala Saree. A perfect blend of off white body with golden border, this saree called Kasavu munudu augments the festive mindset.

Mundu Neriyathum, also called 'settu mundu' or 'set saree', is the signature style of Kerala, and is the traditional attire of women of Kerala. This style of saree draping compromises of a Mundu or the lower garment and an upper piece called Neriyathum. Mundu is wrapped around in the lower part and is securely tucked at the waist. The Neriyathum is draped in the upper part over the blouse.

Be it any designer saree or a traditional banarasi silk saree, you can rock a party by playing with the draping styles and experimenting with different sarees designs for ultra modern looks. Drape it the Indo-western way or wear it in traditional style , you can not go wrong in looking glamorous in a traditional Indian saree.
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