Saree Draping Styles from Different Regions of India – Part 2
- by Sumana Bhattacharya
As I was discussing the various saree draping styles in India, I will like to continue with 10 more exclusive saree draping style that you will love to try. We tried to make our last blog as interactive we can, by sharing some of the DIY tips as well.
However, we have pledged not to stop here. After all, we have the whole India left and a number of saree draping styles to display. For those who love saree while love to pick and try each one of the styles to impress.
The nine-yard has always created magic. In the last blog, we explored a number of saree draping styles, which are often making to the ramp shows. However, in this blog, we are going to showcase those draping styles that are slowly getting attention such as –
- Kunbi Drape from the Goa
Look for the traditional occasions in Goa you will find the women now wearing this drape to uplift their culture. However, in the earlier days women who worked hard in the paddy fields and near water areas used to try this drape. The saree if you watch was draped in a manner that it never spoiled the cloth. You will see in this format saree draped from the shoulder below with ends tied on top of the right shoulder. This way saree remained intact and did not cause any hindrance while working. You will find a number of ramp shows today walking the ground with Kunbi saree draping style.
- Santhal Drape from the Santhal Parganas of India
One of the saree draping styles that has a huge resemblance to the Bengali Style saree drape is Santhal drape. You will find the box pleat at the back, while you will find the pallu pulled over the left shoulder in the form of a triangle. You will see the rest of the pallu tucked in front and probably one of the easier saree draping styles in both the list.
Source: Kherwal Santal Blog
- Pinkosu style saree draping from Madurai
Saree has varied formation and draping styles in the South. In case you do not have a petticoat, Pinkosu is one of the ideal styles to wear a saree. It is ideal for the women in the warm weather. Here the women need to drape the saree 1.5 times around the waist before doing the pleats. The pleats are made on the outside of the saree. Thus, underneath of the saree will be visible and hence you cannot wear all saree in this format. It is best to choose cotton saree to try this drape.
Source: Utsav Pedia
- Enki style of saree from Andhra Pradesh
It is a typical Andhra Pradesh style of wearing a saree, where you will find that the lower part appears like a dhoti, by pulling the pleats just below the leg and tucked at the waist in the back. You need to pull the pallu over the shoulder and wrapped around the waist.
Source: Kaushi Collection
- Halakki Vokkaliga of Karnataka
Compared to other saree draping styles discussed on our blog, this is one of the unique. You will find a long piece of cloth draped in the Karnataka culture, which needs no blouse or petticoat. They simply have this nine-yard long cloth wrapped around their body and tie the end at the neck.
- Bootheyara style of Karnataka
We all know that beauty of the saree draping style lies in the comfort of wearing it. If you are trying out bootheyara, you will know the highest form of comfort. You can either wear it as one piece or as two-piece depending on the look or the comfort level you want to feel. Mostly women wear this 8-yard long cloth in the lower part with a knot called molakattu in the front with a blouse. If you wish to cover your bust, add another piece of cloth in the form of dupatta from the top.
Source: Border & Fall
- Surguja of Chhattisgarh
This is a typical way to wear saree and in general, the dancers of Oraon community of the Chhattisgarh drape the saree in this style. You need a 5.3-yard saree, which will be able to add a whirling effect to your drape. The loose ends that stay simply should come in the front and the back in a tucked manner to allow freedom of movement to the dancers.
- Phanek and Innaphi from the lands of Manipur
North-Eastern states to have variation in their saree draping styles, and phanek and innaphis are the two forms of traditional saree wearing style they possess. Phanek is ethnic sarong worn by the Manipuri women and are of two types - the meitei phanek and the tribal phanek. Whereas, Innaphi helps to wrap the upper part of the body and is worn like a dupatta. Phanek has horizontal stripes and a floral border and innaphi come with delicate floral designs.
Source: Ethnics by Piyali
- Madhubani style of saree draping
The rural Bihar drives this drape to popularity from its naming to o the region where it is worn. It is a working-class saree drape where you need to make four to five pleats, wrap the free-end over the gathered pleats and tuck it on the left side of the waist. The gather falls outward and the end piece which you need to bring over your head and right shoulder and tuck the same in the left corner of the waist.
Source: Hindustan Times
- Venukagundaram drape of Andhra Pradesh
You can see that the saree draping styles, which we discussed in the two blogs, mostly have the Andhra Pradesh forms. It seems that various communities of Andhra love to wear saree and above all, they love to experiment. Like the tribal agriculturists try this drape by wrapping the inner end of the saree in the knot on your left. The lower border of the inner piece should be tucked in the front of the waist by making above the knee fold. You need to pull the free end around the waist just from the bottom and throw the outer end over the right shoulder, leaving cloth for pleats. Now you need to tuck the pleats in your waist at the back and bring the outer end of that piece over your left shoulder, under the left arm and finally tuck in your waist on the right side. Sounds complex, isn’t it! Phew – thus, we had it at last on our list ;)
Source: Hindustan Times
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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.