“Saree” or “sari” is a long unstitched cloth that is worn by wrapping it all over the body to cover the body from neck to toe with this single piece of cloth. But there are many variations in which a saree can be wrapped around and draped to make it look attractive. Usually the draping pattern changes according to places and you may try each one of them to select your best style.
Ways To Create Different Drapes For Sarees
Nivi style is the style of wearing saree in Andhra Pradesh. But this style has become far more popular than other types and women all across India generally prefer to wrap their saree in this way.
This style was popularized by the actresses of Bollywood, in which a long pallu hangs at the back from the left shoulder. In this style, the saree is wrapped once over a petticoat or stringed-skirt and is then accumulated in carefully done pleats.
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The pleats are then tucked in below the naval and the rest of the saree is wrapped once more before hanging it over the left shoulder. The “pallu” can then be further pleated or left to flow.
Other than this style, nivi style also supports another style, known as the “kaccha nivi” style, in which the saree is passed in between the legs and tucked back at the waist for easy movement.
The style of draping saree in a Guajarati style is very unique. In this style, the heavily embroidered or embellished pallu is drawn towards the front by passing it over the right shoulder.
The style calls for pleating the saree at the waist in a way opposite to the nivi style and then the saree is passed over the right shoulder from the back to pull it down at the front.
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Both the ends of the pallu may then be pinned to secure them from getting tousled. This style is one which is very famous among the teens of other cultures also.
The Bengali style of wearing saree is unique in itself. It requires no pleats to wrap the saree around the body. The bottom part of the saree looks like a layered men’s “lungi”; while, the upper part is draped in a manner to create a veil for the complete upper body.
In this style, the saree is first tucked in at the right side of the waist and is then wrapped all the way through the back to be tucked again at the right side of the waist. Then the rest of the saree is pulled back and passed over the left shoulder to be finally hanged over the right shoulder with a key.
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Konkani or Maharashtrian style
This style is popular in Maharashtra, but recently it has become very popular due to many appearances in the Bollywood cinemas. In this style, the saree is wrapped around both legs like a dhoti and then tucked at the back to secure it. The rest of the saree is then pulled up to pass it over the left shoulder as a very-long pallu.