Created on - 22/3/2022
The word “sari” or “saree” comes from the Prakrit and Sanskrit word “Sati” meaning “strip of cloth”. Ancient literature describes the beauty and grace of a woman draped in this garment. For the women of India, the sari is much more than a regular garment. It’s a symbol of national pride.
From Maharashtrian Nauvari, Bengali Athpourey to Coorg style sari of Karnataka you can recognize the region to which it belongs by looking at the way it’s draped.
Variations in saree draping style
It’s so pleasant to see how a simple cloth draped in different ways can enhance your beauty. And, make you look so graceful and compliment your body type. This is why the saree is so popular for ages and even attracts women around the world, from Angelina Jolie, Serena Williams to Selena Gomez many have slain the look in a sari.
Here are some draping styles around the country for you to try next time the thought of wearing a sari crosses your mind.
Nauvari Style (Maharashtra)
You must be remembering this style from the famous folk dance of Maharashtra “Lavani”. It's rather a fun way of wearing the sari. Being a unique style, it’s quite tricky to wear. At the same time, it is really easy to handle. We wore it like a dhoti. One end (lower part) of the sari tucked around the waist by going from front to back between the legs and the other end (upper part) draped like a usual sari.
Attorney Style (Bengal)
It’s one of the most recognizable saree draping styles that comes to mind with the thought of the famous “Durga Pooja”. And, evergreen “Devdas' ' movie. Traditionally, it comes in white fabric with a red border but is worn in any fabric and color. It’s draped with broad box pleats in the front left shoulder and pallu draped on both shoulders. Right shoulder veil comes from the back in front originally used by Bengali women to tie a bunch of keys.
Seedha Pallu (UP, Gujarat)
This amazing style makes the sari look like a lehenga. In which we use the veil in place of the dupatta which comes from back to front on the right shoulder. This style probably has been the inspiration of modern lehenga saris which are popular on special occasions. It’s the best way to showcase the intricate designs around the veil, especially for saris having beautiful heavy stonework in the pallu.
Mekhela Chadar (Assam)
These are unique two-piece sarees from Assam. They’re made out of Assamese handloom cloth Mekhela. In this style, we drape one piece at the bottom with pleats at the front. And for the other piece, we tuck one side in the left side of the waist and the other end draped along the shoulder somewhat like done with lehenga’s dupatta. It compliments women with petite bodies.
No matter what style you choose to wear, they are all amazing and hundreds more are out there for you to try. So next time on any occasion your heart wants to try something different in the outfit, just pick any one of these traditional sari draping styles, flaunt your Indian culture and you’ll fall in love with them.