It’s a no brainer to say that festivities are taken very seriously in India. The celebrations, pujas, exchange of sweets, and the best of all – the dressing up! While the men are unpacking their kurtas, juttis and Nehru jackets, women are gearing up with their collection of sarees, be it buy a saree online or unpacking their mothers’ old saree collection. Keep in mind that it is not an easy decision when it comes to selecting the perfect saree for every occasion. And once that is done, the next big problem is to decide how and with what to wear the saree!
So if you are in a similar situation right now, worry not! We are here with a list of traditional saree drape styles that you can experiment with, this Diwali and stand out in the crowd!
- Athpourey shari from Bengal
One of the most symbolic saree drapes in India from the Bengal region, this saree drape features a box pleat in the front which is not very common in modern day saree drapes. The pallu on this traditional drape comes from back to front on both sides. In more traditional styles, a bunch of keys is tied to the pallu which is thrown over the right shoulder. This was done by the most important woman in the household as a symbol of power.
Bling it: Wear the saree with a pair of statement jhumkas to pump up the look.
We suggest the Soch Beige and Red Chiffon Embroidered Saree for this style.
2. The Gujrati Seedha Pallu
A common draping style in Gujrat, UP and Odisha, the drape style mirrors a lehenga choli where the pallu is used at the dupatta. This drape especially works well with heavy sarees where the shoulder doesn’t have to carry the weight of the heavily worked pallu and allows immense freedom of movement.
Bling it: Always keep a stunning clutch handy to carry with this drape.
3. The Andhra Nivi Saree
The modern day saree, as we know it, was derived from the Nivi drape from Andhra Pradesh. This style, known to accentuate a woman’s curves was a style for the aristocracy. The drape isn’t very work friendly but sure looks regal.
Bling it: Work with your hairstyles. A puffed fishtail braid would be the best match for this drape.
We suggest the Soch Green and Beige Half & Half Silk & Georgette Saree.
4. The Madurai Pinkosu
The extremely elegant drape is a common among women in Tamil Nadu. Pinkosu, translated means “pleats at the back” which is what the saree features. The drape, unlike the other styles is wrapped 1.5 times around the body to give more coverage. Unlike the Nivi drape, the pleats fall outwards of the drape. Homespun handloom cotton sarees work very well as they are reversible.
Bling it: Wear the drape with a statement neckpiece to add a little bling to the outfit.
We suggest the Soch Cream and Pink Kota Saree for this drape.
5. The Coorgi Drape from Karnataka
This drape style comes from the popular Kaveri and Agastya. This drape was created to help the Coorgi women go about their daily active lives. The saree is traditionally worn with a full sleeved blouse and sports pleats at the back. The pallu of the saree is brought below the left shoulder, and secured over the right shoulder in a firm knot called ‘molakattu’.
Bling it: Wear the saree with a pair of stunning stilettos for a touch of glamour and/or a statement designer blouse from Soch.
We suggest the Soch Blue and Gold Silk Half and Half Saree.
With these styles in mind get ready to rock this Diwali!