Patterns to drape Designer Sarees

Published: 18th May 2010
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Sarees are the trademarked outfit of Indian women. They are traditional outfits that are the mark of our heritage and culture. Most women in India wear sarees and every state and region has its own unique style of draping sarees. With time the method and way of wearing sarees has definitely changed, heavy silks have been replaced with trendy designer wear and traditional designs have given way to funky embellishments. As a result the demand for high end designer sarees has increased quite significantly.

Until a few years ago, women wore woven sarees with full sleeved blouses and very little designs. Whatever design was there used to be very simple. But nowadays blouses have become trendier. Backless blouses, halter necks, noodle straps and sleeveless styles are gaining popularity. Fashion designers are also working hard to introduce new ranges of bridal sarees in the Indian market.

Wearing designer sarees can be categorized as an art form. If the saree is not worn properly the entire show of the saree can be lost. It is therefore necessary to drape the saree in the correct manner. To wear a saree properly you need two important items to go along with it:

The petticoat: a waist-to-floor garment, tied tightly at the waist by a drawstring. The petticoat color should match the base sari color as closely as possible. No part of the petticoat, of course, is visible outside the Sari, after having worn it.

The blouse: The blouse is a tight-fitting top and whose color needs to be chosen keeping the look of the sari in mind. It can be short sleeved or sleeveless, with a variety of necklines. The blouse ends just below the bust.

The first rule to wearing a saree is to tuck it in properly. The petticoat is an underskirt worn underneath a saree. The ends of the saree are tucked into the petticoat before draping. The first tuck are made near the belly button or navel. The sari is then wrapped around the waist until a complete turn is taken. It is always better to wear shoes while draping the saree so that the right height is achieved.

Once one turn of the Designer Saree is made, pleats are made in front of the waist and tucked into the petticoat at a little left of the belly button. After the front pleats are made the remaining end of the saree is pulled across the shoulder either from back to front (Sidhi Palla) or front to back (Ulti Palla). The sidhi palla displays the design of the saree to the greatest advantage, however a lot of younger generation kids prefer the ulta palla. While draping the pallu make five to six pleats at the shoulder. In case they fall off you can pin them up.

The above methods are for wearing the Nivi style Embroidered Saree. Nivi style of draping Sarees is the most popular in India. Other styles such as Bengali style, Guajarati style, Marathi style etc look good too, but are much more complicated to wear.

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