Saree is one of the oldest traditional attire of India. It is also considered as one of the beautiful outfit in world as it exudes elegance. It’s a rectangular fabric ranging from 5.5 to 8 metre and width is around 1 metre. It is worn by wrapping one end around the waist followed by pleats for fullness and other end is draped over the shoulder. Since India is region of diverse culture, one can find different customs and costumes. Saree being versatile outfit, it can be draped in different ways depending on upon the region, occasion and one’s way of styling. Have a thorough glance at rich Indian heritage through innumerable ways of draping a sarees.
Belted Saree Draping – Sounds new, but this is a vintage style of accessorizing the saree with kamarpatta, which is commonly found during 60’s and 70’s era. Same is being found in traditional Indian ceremonies, where a gold or carved metal belt is worn on saree. Now a small twist is given to this style, where one can play around with different kinds of belts such as metallic, leather, fancy, beaded, broad or sleek. The belt not only keeps pleats in place but also makes you look neat.
Retro Style Saree Draping –This is known as Mumtaz style saree as it was emphasised by her in Indian film Industry. This wrap-around style saree with small border is draped in 3 layers up form without any pleats to give a narrow look by accentuating the figure. Sleeveless blouse with round neck and high top bun will give a perfect retro look.
Neck Drape Saree Draping – Let’s give a funky twist to the saree by wraping pallu around the neck like a scarf. Saree with soft texture works best for such style. Avoid deep round neck blouse, instead one can go for off shoulder or full-sleeved boat neck blouse.
Gujarati Style Saree Draping –This is usually worn in North Indian states including Rajasthan, Jhakandh, Bihar and Gujurat. In this style, pleats are made towards right, pallu is taken from back and brought over the right shoulder and is spread across the chest while left edge is tucked on waistline at the back.
Jacket over Saree Draping –Sporting a jacket with saree has made revolutionary hit with many designers. Throw a contemporary or traditional jacket over the saree instead of blouse. One can play around with different neck and collar types, textures and embellishments as well.
Pant Style Saree Draping –Give an interesting touch to the saree by teaming with pants or jeggings. This is latest fashion owned by all young ladies who is aspiring to make a trend. Choose a printed saree over solid pants or vice-versa, start by making pleats and tuck them into the pants at mid-waist while the other end can be draped on shoulder as a pallu in various ways.
Open Pallu Style Saree Draping –In this type, basic method of draping a saree is followed and pallu over the shoulder is kept open without making the pleats.
Nivi Style Saree Draping –This is the most popular traditional draping style. After ensuing basic method of draping a saree, pallu is pleated and secured with pin or fancy brooch over the shoulder. It’s universal as well as versatile style that represents the cultural heritage of India.
Mermaid Style Saree Draping – This saree style gives a flattering look irrespective of body shape. In this style saree will have close fitting at the hip section and flared out at hem thus making it look like a skirt. Pallu followed from the waist is secured with pin on the shoulder.
Inverted Border Drape Style Saree – Start with the basic way of draping followed with pleats that should be tucked slightly towards left. Twirl the border facing towards down and wrap around the hip meanwhile tuck it at the back waist. Throw the pallu over the shoulder and secure with pin or a brooch.
Marathi / Lavani Style Saree Draping / Nauvari Style – Traditional Maharashtra saree measures 8 metres. One portion of the sari is lifted up between the legs and tucked behind at the waist, while another portion is draped as a pallu over the shoulder.
Bengali Style Saree Draping – Traditional Bengali saree will be in white in colour red border. Though it’s looks tad difficult, yet it’s quite easiest one. This is a unique way of draping where wide box pleats are tucked at front instead of normal short mid pleats. Here the pallu is taken over the left shoulder and one corner of the pullu is pulled under the right arm and rests over the right shoulder.
Coorg or Coorgi Style Saree Draping – This is unique style, where pleats are created at the back for free movement of the legs. The pallu is wrapped around the front chest and brought over the shoulder from the back securing the edge at side neckline.
Oriya Style Saree Draping – Follow the same basic procedure for the lower body and pin the pleated pallu on left shoulder. Take a corner of the pallu bring it to front under your right arm and then pin it 5-6 inches below the left shoulder.
Lehenga Style Saree Draping – Here the saree is made to look like a lehenga. After one round, make small pleats around the waist. Throw the pallu over the shoulder and secure it with pin.
Rajrani Style Saree Draping – This is similar to Gujarati style draping, where the corner of pallu that is tucked behind in the Gujarati style is pinned on the other shoulder to create a V-shaped fall over the bust.
Butterfly Style Saree Draping – This is same as navi style draping but pallu is pleated extremely thin to show off the flat midriff. Pallu pleats are usually secured with encrusted brooch.
Kerala Style Saree Draping – This traditional clothing will have colour ranging from pure white to cream with gold border. Saree consists of two piece cloth and named as mundum neriyathum. Mundu is a one-piece cloth draped on the lower part of the body while neriyathu is worn over the left shoulder.
Tamilian Iyer Style Saree Draping – Usually bordered sarees are used to drape this style. In this style saree is wrapped around the waist, the pleats are positioned at left waistline. Rest of the saree is taken over the left shoulder and wrapped again around the waist and tucked on the left side.
Kerala Tattdukuka Style Saree Draping –Keralites follow two draping method. One is Mundum neriyathum and other one is called Tattukuka style. In Tattukuka style, after following basic steps of draping till mid pleats, pallu part is wrapped around the front chest. Pallu is pleated width-wise and tucked inside the front blouse or near the arm-hole depending upon one’s choice.
Rajasthani Style Saree Draping– This is similar to Gujurati style draping but pallu is pinned to the back blouse instead of tucking to the waistline.
Enki Style Of Saree Draping – This is typical Andra pradesh draping style. Here lower part is made to look like a dhoti by pulling pleats under the leg and tucked at the back waist. Pallu is pulled over shoulder and wrapped around the waist.
Asam Style Saree Draping – This saree type is known as mekhala chadar and composed of two pieces, which are draped around the body. Mekhla is the flowing skirt and Chadar is the upper wrap called Riha similar to anchal. The chadar is worn in a criss-cross pleated-form down the front side.
Chattisgarh Style Saree Draping – This is typical drape followed by women in Chattisgarh, where the draping is very different from all other and quite unusual as well.
Dhoti Style Saree Draping – This style is inspired from Maharashtrian drape. After draping saree around the waist, bring the longer section of the saree from back to front by making 3 to 4 inch pleats. Secure the pallu on shoulder. Hold the pallu from waist height and bring it forward while covering the hip and tuck it at the centre. Make cowls from front and pass it under the leg making it look like a dhoti.
Indo-Western Style Saree Draping – Designers keep experimenting on sarees with various embellishments and draping style. They have added western tinge to the ethnic drape, thus Indo-western saree is created. It’s doesn’t have fixed silhouette as it is obtained by merging different styles. Gown look alike cocktail saree s, offbeat bloused teamed with simple saree to get idiosyncratic look.
Skirt Style Saree Draping – Saree can also be worn like a skirt by making small pleats or wide box pleats around the waist. Drape the pallu over the shoulder with very sleek pleats.
Short Patli Style Saree Draping – This is similar to navi and butterfly saree, where pallu is finely pleated and embellished with luxe detailing. This gives very sleek and edgy look.
Half Float and Half Tucked Style Saree Draping – This is same as basic draping but pallu is pinned with one pleat and remaining is allowed to fall through the shoulder giving it a casual look.
Tee or Tunic Style Saree Draping – Basic method of draping is followed here. Once the pleats are tucked in the waistline, pull a t-shirt or a tunic instead of blouse. Then drape the loosely pleated pallu over the shoulder.