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Saree and it's various styles of draping

Published on March 19, 2012, by Darshan Patodi.

Saree and its styles of Draping

The most traditional yet fashionable that’s Original Indian Fashion. Saree is the only Indian garment that has been in fashion for thousands of years. Though western culture has influenced the dressing style of Indian women to large extent, but Sarees still rules the heart of an Indian woman especially during wedding ceremony, festivals and other major events.

Saree is creative attire with lots of versatile effects and look. Available in countless interesting fabrics, patterns and colours, this six-yard wonder is the most preferred garment in any woman’s wardrobe. It is considered the most sensuous, stylish and sophisticated attire even today. From Shimmering Silks and Elegant Chiffons to Flowing Crepes and Georgettes, available in vivid colors and embellished with the most intricate embroidery work, Saree comes in the most mesmerizing avatars one can imagine. Moreover, it looks gorgeous on women of all ages and builds.

There are various important aspects of the Saree such as the pallu, border, draping style etc. Draping style is the main aspect which affects the overall look of the drape. Draping a sari is an art. The Saree is worn in different ways in different states of India. However, the most common method is wrapping the cloth around the waist, making pleats in the front and draping the final length around the shoulder. The remaining fabric that is draped over her blouse and shoulder, falling behind her is called the pallu. The style of wearing a Saree varies according to different castes and traditions.

It is necessary to drape the Saree in a correct manner and for two essentials are required i.e. the petticoat and the blouse.

The Petticoat: A waist to floor garment which is tied tightly at the waist by a drawstring. The petticoat color should match the base colour of the Saree as closely as possible. No part of the petticoat should be visible outside the Saree after it is worn.  

The Blouse: The blouse is a tight-fitting top and whose colour needs to be chosen keeping the look of the Saree in mind. It can be short sleeved or sleeveless, with variety of necklines. The blouse ends just below the bust. Nowadays blouses have become trendier. Backless blouses, halter necks, noodle straps and sleeveless styles are gaining popularity. Fashion designers are also working hard to introduce new ranges of classic designer blouses.

Different regions of India have their own distinct forms of draping a Saree. Some common styles of draping a Saree are given below:

Gujarati way: This version of draping, commonly known as the seedha pallu way, is also found 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 and this is specially done for the Sarees which are heavy in border.

Maharashtrian Style: Instead of the usual five-and-a-half meters, the Saree in this version measures eight meters. One portion of the Saree 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 Saree, allowing greater freedom of movement.

Tamilian version: Like the Maharashtra version, the Saree in this version, too, 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.


Bengali 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.

Ulta Pallu: This is the most common draping style in India. Every second women will be seen in this style. The style of draping is generally used in Parties and occasions for enhancing the grace of the Saree.

Pleated Saree: The difference in Ulta pallu and this style is that the pleats are tucked up to the shoulder which is quite convenient specially for working women.

Double Style – This is a style ideal for special occasions. In this a dupatta is also worn along with the Saree which is matching. Saree is worn normally in “ulta pallu” and the dupatta is draped from the forehead.

Ghagra style - This is a very beautiful style and gives your Saree a ghagra look which makes the Saree look gorgeous. Small margins are left while draping the Saree into the skirt which gives it a very beautiful effect.

Tuck Style- This is very common and simple approach of draping a Saree. Draping is normal like “Sidha Pallu” and then the edge of the right side of upcoming Pallu is tucked in front to give a wavy effect.

The above given are various common styles of draping a Saree however there are many other ways of draping a Saree which varies differently.  


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  4. The elegancy of the saree is reflected the way the blouse is designed . The blouse can be designed according to the personality,occasion , status of the person etc.
    Fashion designer& Image consultant.

  5. The elegancy of the saree is reflected the way the blouse is designed . The blouse can be designed according to the personality,occasion , status of the person etc.
    Fashion designer& Image consultant.

  6. The elegancy of the saree is reflected the way the blouse is designed . The blouse can be designed according to the personality,occasion , status of the person etc.
    Fashion designer& Image consultant.

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