How to Wear Saree ?

by Sreeparna Ganguly
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How to Wear Saree? : Let me tell you the truth, just one and a half years back I literally had no idea how to wear a saree. It might not be a big embarrassment for many but saree was my high school uniform for 11th and 12th. Last year I finally learnt the skill of wearing saree and now I knew 2-3 different ways to drape a saree. There are basically 4-5 broad categories of fabrics that are used to design saree. Cotton fabric is quite light-weight and so they’re easy to drape than heavier fabrics like Banarasi, Assam silk or heavier south Indian silks like kanjibharam. Chiffon sarees are also very light but the drape has a high chance of getting displaced. Here I am going to share a full-proof way of doing a smart saree drape in a few simple steps. If you can master these steps wearing saree will surely be a piece of cake for you!

Things You Will Need

These are the things you will need to wear a saree;

1.Saree and its matching Blouse

2.A Petticoat of matching colour- Use cotton petticoats instead of the silk ones. Fastening of silk petticoats tend to get loose very easily with even the minimum friction.

3.A few Safety pins of small, medium and large size

How to Wear Saree:

Saree is generally worn in either open pallu style or pleated pallu style. For open pallu, you don’t have to think about pallu setting and directly start the draping process. If you are doing Pleated pallu then you’ll have to sort out the pleats either before or during the saree draping. I like to do the pleats before as it quickens up the saree wearing and looks way more polished. This is also the best way for beginners.

Setting the Pallu Pleats

Step-1. Decide the width of your saree pallu. Take the designed side of your saree  that we name as pallu. With the help of your fingers capture pleats of your desired width and pin them together with a small or medium safety pin.

Step-2. Now following the guidelines of the initial pallu pleats create stacked pleats on the entire pallu up to your desired pallu length.

Step-3. Pin the end of the pallu and straighten it out with your hands or iron it. This will help you keep pleats in place. You even disperse the end of pleats to even out the chest pleats.

Steps to Drape Saree

Step-1. Take the opposite end of the saree that has no design and tuck the upper end in the petticoat. Starting from the right side of the waist do a round of tucking until you reach the starting point.

Step-2. Take the pleated side of the pallu and wind it around the body and pin the pleated end to the blouse on the left shoulder.

Step-3. At this point, you should have a good amount of fabric dangling between the tucked end and pallu. From this material, you will have to do the middle pleats. But first set the chest pleats and take the upper-end fabric of chest pleats all through the back and left waist and pin it tightly on the petticoat 2 inches below the belly button. This will keep your chest pleats firm and give some false pleats covering the left thigh.

Step-4. Finally, do the middle pleats and pin them together so that they don’t open up with movements. Tuck the pleats in the petticoat keeping in line with the belly button.

If you are an absolute beginner or wearing a new cotton or silk saree, you can do the middle pleats beforehand.

The entire process of draping saree does not take more than 5-7 minutes if you keep the pallu pleats ready before starting the saree draping.

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