You call it the traditional Indian fashion or the symbol of feminism, Saree is the quintessential attire that transforms a woman into her sensuous best in matter of minutes. While certain draping style depends on the occasion and requires a certain length or type, most of the Indian states have their way of wearing the six-yards. So, if you are raring to go traditional get inspired from one of the 5 most popular Saree draping styles from different Indian states and you are sure to make a statement..
The classic style is the most common form of draping the Saree which is being followed by woman across the world. This way of tying the Saree is inspired from Nivi form that belongs to Andhra Pradesh. All you need to do is to tuck one end of the Saree (to your front right) inside the petticoat and then wrap it around your waist once.
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Now pleat the pallu, slip it under your left hand and make it fall on the left shoulder. Form neat pleats of the center portion of the Saree and tuck it in your waist baring the midriff and completing the style. Find a perfectly-fitted blouse, some matching accessories and there’s no stopping you to look stylish whether in a formal do or a casual event.
Perhaps the second most popular form of tying a Saree is the Gujarati Style that came into the limelight all the more, courtesy our daily “Saas Bahu” TV serials. It’s quite similar to the classic style, however, the only difference is that you have to start draping the Saree from your left instead.
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Now follow the same process as the Nivi form and let the pallu fall over your right shoulder from the back. You can then choose to leave it hanging or tuck the left end of your saree on your left covering your chest. So, go Gujarati this wedding season and flaunt the elaborate work on your “seedha” pallu.
One of the sweetest Saree draping forms in India is undoubtedly the Bengali style. Remember Aishwarya’s look in Devdas and Vidya Balan’s in Parineeta? While they looked stunning in the beautifully draped Saree in Bengali style, we tell you how it goes. In this the pleats around the waist are few, only two big ones while the pallu is wrapped twice around the body.
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If you want to flaunt the Bengali style the traditional way, grab one elegant piece in handloom, cotton or benarasi. And yes, don’t miss that big red bindi on your forehead.
The Maharashtrians call it the Nau Vari style. This style came into existence due to the Lavani dancers and mostly seen this on the silver screen. Well, it may look really difficult to drape that 9-yard long Saree, once mastered creates a super stylish look. You may be amazed with the fact that it does not require a petticoat beneath, and can be simple worn over just the shorts.
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The additional length of the Saree is used to slip it between the legs, lifted and tucked at the waist, just like a dhoti. The pallu goes the classic way where it is draped over the left shoulder or used to cover the head. So, master this style and pair them with the conventional accessories like, the nose ring, gold jewelry or those fresh flowers to finish the look.
Kerala style or the Mundu Neriyathum style, reminds us of those white Saree with gold or zari border that looks so serene yet stylish. While “Neriyathum” describes the upper portion draped over the left shoulder just like in classic style, “Mundu” on the other hand is the lower half of the Saree wrapped around the body and tucked at the back. Complement the sophisticated look with golden kadas, a simple necklace, fresh flowers and bindi, and you are all set to enter the Kerala bandwagon.
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Love how Tamilians wear their Saree or for that matter Sridevi? Well, even this form requires a nine yard Saree just like the Maharashtrians and is carried without a petticoat. You simply need to drape it around your waist and place pleats towards your left leg. Now, take the rest of the Saree over your left shoulder, drape it once more around your waist and tuck it at the left side of your waist. Braid your hair into simple plaits, deck it up with fresh flowers, add some golden accessories and there you go!
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