Technically speaking, a saree is a length of fabric between four to eight meters long that is worn wrapped around the waist, with one end, the pallu, draped over the shoulder. However, every saree has the power to transform a woman from wallflower to belle of the ball. That’s why all Indian women have at least one gorgeous saree in their wardrobes.
There are many ways to drape your saree. The most popular one is the Nivi drape where the saree is pleated mid-waist. This drape flatters the body since it produces a fit a flare effect. Apart from this, it suits all types of saree fabrics. However, saree drapes can vary according to the region too. Here are the top three saree draping styles apart from the Nivi style just mentioned before:
1) Seedha pallu style from Gujarat, UP and Odisha
This style has the pallu draped over the chest instead of flowing in the back. The tip of the pallu is then secured at the waist. This allows the wearer to show off intricate pallus spread across the front. Apart from this, the wearer can also move about easily without worrying about the pallu getting caught on something.
Best suited for: Sarees with heavily embroidered pallus
2) Gol saree or the Parsi drape
The Parsi drape is similar to the seedha pallu style, except that the pallu is extended and looped around the waist before it is tucked in. The extended pallu gives an elongating effect and is suited for the delicate embroidered chiffon and georgette sarees favored by Parsi women.
Best suited for: Embroidered chiffon and georgette sarees
3) Athpourey saree drape from Bengal
The Bengal drape has no pleats like the Nivi style; instead, it has one reverse pleat that goes towards the first knot (the edge that is tucked into the saree skirt before any sort of saree draping commences). Also, the pallu is extended to the and its end is looped around and thrown over the left shoulder again.
Best suited for: Sarees with heavy borders, preferably cotton sarees.
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