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REINVENTING YOUR DRAPE
They say, “Change is the only constant.” And here; welcome to the perfect example of this assertion! Fashion is certainly the most constantly changing idea. But one specific trend root which has held on to the earth for so many centuries is The Saree. After all, it is the most timeless creation in the world of trends and up-to-dateness. It emphasizes the true elegance of a woman and brings out her aura beautifully. India is an agglomeration of this immutable creation. Every state has its own unique way of draping this 5-9 yard long piece of unstitched cloth, complementing the need of the culture or system or movement of the women there. And now, there have been discovered so many different ways of draping it, to enhance their beauty. So much so that people not just in India, but all across the cosmos admire this unique opus and reinvent their own design in it.
NIVI style drape
Out of the 108-and-counting styles of draping a Saree, Nivi style of draping a Saree is the most common style. Its origin is traced back to Andhra Pradesh. It is the most widely accepted style across the world. Wanna grab a saree and look both modern and traditional at the same time? Click the link below to check our store.
Madisari is believed to have been worn by women of ancient India post marriage. It is the traditional style of draping a Saree in Tamil Nadu. It is a convenient drape to move, but is one of the most challenging styles to drape. It is draped in the Ardhanareeshwara style, meaning, the lower half like a dhoti (man) and the upper half is pleated like a typical Saree (woman).
This type of drape originates from Kerala. It is not very often worn these days, but is still saved for peculiar occasions, especially for dancers.
Well, this unique style of draping, originating from Karnataka has a legend behind it. It says that The Great Sage Agasthiyar’s wife Cauvery transformed herself into a river to serve people, but when he tried to check her, the pleats of her Saree were pushed back; and since then, the ladies of Coorg wore the Sarees in the same manner. Try our collection (https://bit.ly/2xXwlzq) and look most beautiful on special occasions.
Kappulu style Saree, worn by the older women of the Kappulu caste of Andhra Pradesh, is one of the most elegant styles of draping. It is clearly unique in the aspect that it is draped from left to right, differing from other styles adopting a right to left method of draping.
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The Maharashtrian Nauvari(aka SakachchaSaree) is referred to as the Akanda Vastra, meaning it doesn’t need any other attire to support it. Although it looks traditional, it has been worn by women in unimaginably different points in life, right from working in farmlands wearing this, to the time of fighting wars.
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The Athpourey Shari from Bengal, commonly found in a simple White and Red combination is one of the most identified styles of draping across the world. The pleats of the Saree come from the back to the front on both sides. Just at a glance, it looks royal, sweet and rich at the same time.
SEEDHA PALLU style
This type of drape, from Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha are easy to drape and carry as it allows a lot of freedom of movement to the women wearing it. It can be worn in any occasion and even on aregular basis. It has its pallu in the front, perhaps to exhibit the art and design on it more distinctly.
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BOGGILI POSI KATTUKODAM
Again, the Boggili Posi Kattukodam drape originates from Andhra Pradesh. It has a unique look, like it has pockets, and is very comfortable to move. It is not very complicated to drape, except that it may need accuracy to drape it the right way.
Halakki Vokkaliga, originating from the base of the Western Ghats in Karnataka, is an all-in-one drape. It needs no petticoat or blouse to complete or compliment it. The women of that region wear it tying it around their neck and wrapping the rest around their back, making it look complete.
Bootheraya from Karnataka, associates with the ceremonial performers of the Nomadic origin. It is draped from an 8 yard Saree. It can be worn as a one piece lower pant style drape or a two piece drape involving a shawl to cover the upper part of the body.
The Santhal drape style belongs to the Santhal tribes of Jharkhand. It is mostly found in checked patterns. Similar to a Bengali drape, it has a boxed pleat in the front and the pallu is pulled over the left shoulder. The rest of the pallu is tucked in the front. It is very easy to drape and easy to handle.
Mekhela Chador, the traditional dress of the Assamese, is similar to a sarong. It is a two- piece drape. The bottom portion is draped downwards from the waist, and is called the mekhala; and it has its pleats folded to the right and the pleats are very less. The top portion, called the chador is a long cloth that has one end tucked into the upper portion of the mekhala.
Surguja drapes were used by the dancers of the Oraons community of Chattisgarh. A 5.3 yard Saree is wrapped around the body to give a whirling effect, and the open ends are tucked in the front and back. It lets us feel comfortable and enables ease of movement.
PHANEK and INNAPHI
This traditional Manipuri drape includes a shawl known as Innaphi, a wraparound cloth called Phanekand a stiff skirt like clothing called the Sarong. They are almost always handwoven. It is also believed that if men wear the shirts sewed from the used Phanek, it brings them victory in adventurous bids like hunting.
This Goan drape, which came into existence by a woman who wore a Saree this way in Goa much before the Portuguese advent, is extremely simple and wholesome. It only involves wrapping the Saree around the waist and knotting it over the right shoulder and doesn’t require a blouse or a petticoat. It also facilitates working in the paddy fields.
Other trendy styles:
The lehenga style Saree came into the picture when we needed a convenient party wear which is also grand and elegant. It is extremely easy to wear. We just have to slip into the lehenga, tuck in the readymade pleats and take the pallu over the shoulder the way we want.
This is an Indo- Western style, perhaps ivolved from the traditional Maharashtrian style of draping a Saree. It is extremely chic and simple, giving a unique look to the ladies wearing it.
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NECK WRAP style
Draping a Saree in a usual manner, with its end wrapped around our neck just the way we wear our scarf makes a neck-wrap drape. It is really simple to wear and also looks trendy, keeping our movement pretty easy and comfortable.
Apart from being stylish, this draping style would let you look slimmer and again, is extremely easy to drape. We just need to make extra thin pleats and pin them to our shoulder.
This style, as the name suggests, would give a mermaid look. It is worn to accentuate curves at the hip and to give a flare at the bottom. It is a bit time taking to drape because of few extra pinning, pleating and tucking work, but looks extremely gorgeous and chic, and allows a very easy movement.
Originated from MumtazMadhvani’sdance sequence in a movie called “Brahmachari”, this style of draping is an unerasable style; a fashion statement.It is still a sensational style of draping a Saree in the fashion world even today. We get the pleats without draping the Saree, and then drape it around the pleats by keeping the border of the Saree visible at different heights.
Draping a Saree in any way we like (including the traditional styles) and adding a belt to it gives it a new feel and look. The belt will enhance our curves and add a modern and edgy look even to a simple looking Saree.