Saree Draping Styles from Different Regions of India – Part 1
- by Sumana Bhattacharya
One of the best attire is which every women can flaunt themselves is Saree. No matter whether you are an Indian, a British or an American, a saree draped on you make you look set apart from all kind of ethnic wears. Moreover, with the merge of western outfit wearing styles, Saree has a new outlook on the ramps, in films and in the red carpets of various events
Change is something never constant and when it is fashion, it is something well evident. However, one fashion trend that has held his foot firmly is saree. India is a saree trove and every region has a unique saree draping style. Thus, the fashion of saree never fades.
Fashion houses like Coco Chanel, Sabyasachi, Alexander McQueen all have picked up nine-yard wonder to make their models look elegant, timeless and chic whenever they walks. Whether it’s a international closet or a classical walkover, saree is the showstopper.
This nine-yard wonder has witnessed a number of draping style due to cultural diversity of the country. Even occasions have also influenced the draping of a saree. Let us take a quick look at our blog and the ways of wearing saree traditionally followed in India.
- Athpourey or Bengal Traditional drape
Bengal and Bengali saree are high identifiable, they are the most recognizable. Compared to the modern day saree it has a conventional box pleat where the pallu comes from the back to the front on both sides. During marriage or occasion Bengali women knots a bunch of keys to the pallu and drops over the right shoulder. This signifies the authority of the women in the household.
- Mekhla Chador, Traditional Assam Drape
The most elegant saree of Assam is Mekhla Chador, and the petite beauties of Assam just love to wear in most traditional occasions. it is a typical handloom saree, comes in two pieces and the bottom is worn like a sarong with pleats in the front whereas the upper garment trucked to the left side on the waist in a triangle shape and other end in thrown over the shoulder like a shawl.
- Nauvari/Lavani Drape
Traditional Marathi saree is original nine-yard drape, which reflects the strong and independent women of Maharashtra. It has an unusual draping pattern, it is worn around the legs like a dhoti, and the upper part comes like a normal saree. If you see a Lavani folk dancer, you will witness a nauvari saree drape clearly. This makes it often named as lavani saree drape. The wearing style allows easy movement of the legs for the wearer.
- Seedha Pallu from Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa
Gujarat, UP and Orissa generally tries to follow a similar pattern of draping the saree as seedha pallu. This saree wearing stele resembles the lehenga choli where the pallu of the saree is used in place of the dupatta. The shoulder need not carry the weight of the heavily worked pallu, but the work displayed nicely in front.
- Nivi Draped Saree from Andhra Pradesh
The modern way of wearing saree has derived from Andhra Pradesh that reflects aristocracy. This is not very walk-friendly, but it highly flaunts the curves of the women and the looks extremely regal.
- Kappulu Style from Andhra Pradesh
Kappulu caste of Andhra Pradesh, settled in the coastal areas wears the saree from left to right unlike other saree that ties itself from right to left. The style flatters the curves of the women and, longer the saree the better it looks. It has a narrow pleat at the back and second if the two cascades of cloth forming a twist with the end piece. The pallu lies over the right shoulder and can hang loosely to pull over both the shoulder or wrapped around the neck.
- Parsi Gol Saree
This is an elegant form of Parsi drape, which a Parsi woman wears after their ritual of Saree Perawan ceremony. They prefer to choose a light chiffon saree or georgette saree. They call pallu as gara, which is taken from behind, and draped over the blouse and it hangs loose over the left shoulder in folds. It is brought over the right shoulder and folds splays out in the front and lies close to the hem.
- Coorgi Style of Western Ghats
Related to the old myth of Kaveri and Agastya, this saree draping style allows Coorgi women lead an independent freestyle and climb the hilly slopes of the Western Ghats easily and especially the trees. Paired with a full-sleeved blouse the pleats formed at the back. The end of the saree comes over the left shoulder and secured over the right shoulder in the form of a firm knot called molakattu. Today is most wedding Kanjeevaram red and gold silk is worn using the Coorgi style.
- Madisar Drape from Tamil Nadu
The Iyer and Iyengar of Tamil Nadu try out this Madisar saree worn traditionally after their marriages. However, today you can spot many unmarried women trying out this style in joyful events. The toughest style to drape a saree, but if you can wear it perfectly it does not require the petticoat or a blouse. The style is also regarded as ardhanareeshwara style of draping, meaning half man and half woman, since the lower half is draped like dhoti and above part like a saree.
- Namboothri Saree drape from Kerala
Namboothri is of the oldest form saree wearing style that covered only the lower part of the body. it is a combination of mundum or the lower garment and neriyathum or the upper garment. The upper part is
In the next part of our article, find more then ways to wear a saree. The Indian being culturally rich has end number of ways to try out a saree. Wait until we reveal the other forms.
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Sumana is one of the fashion-buff who has cherished her fashion goal ever since a long time. Her passion took her to open an exclusive boutique called IndyVogue that introduces every woman to traditional Indian attires mainly sarees, skirts and salwar. She is no hardcore businesswomen, but a homemaker who keeps on giving fashion goals that will never fade.