A garment becomes a classic when it effortlessly stays in style through the ages, being regularly reinvented by designers and trendsetters alike. The amount of respect the saree garners and how much the garment is a part of our culture is surely reflected in the fact that every region of our country has created their own version of draping the garment—almost as if paying homage to the classic.
Yet, in today’s day and age, a lot of us have not mastered the art of tying it just right – or at least well enough to be able to carry on daily tasks without hindrance. Here is the list of how to go about the saree with a few modern twists and hacks to make your experience easier and more interesting.
4 Checks Before You Start Draping
- Make sure the style you choose to drape your saree in is compatible with the material and length of the saree. For example a Mumtaz style drape works well with thin, easy flowing fabrics like chiffon.
- Acknowledge your saree’s USP and choose draping styles which champion it. Sarees with prominent pallus will work well with the Gujarati and lehenga style drape, while a prominent border is perfect for Mumtaz or an alternate Bengali style.
- Each material requires different handling – so make sure cottons are ironed, thin fabrics are starched, and you have appropriate stream-lined or heavy underskirts for different styles.
- Before you start, make sure your petticoat is snugly tied. If you plan to wear heels with your saree, make sure you’ve worn them before you start draping—this will give you a clear idea as to what length you want your saree to be.
6 Things To Keep In Mind While Draping
- 1.When you start tucking the saree at the waistband, bear in mind to tuck-in as much of the upper-border as you want your saree’s length to be. Once you have decided on a length, maintain it since an uneven length can make you look clumsy.
- If you are picky about the length of the pallu, start the draping process by deciding the long you want the pallu to be.
- Use the entire span of your hand while pleating, to make the measuring easier. Just like the length of the saree, the pleats need to be evenly maintained too. Well done pleats give clean, neat lines to the saree.
- Make sure that the side the fall of the saree is stitched on is the one at your feet. Though this may seem rather obvious, it can be a real pain if you get it wrong!
- Take hold of the corner from which you are going to start draping and make a knot (not too big) out of it. This will act as an anchor and keep the tucked-in layers in place and makes sure your saree doesn’t open up even if you step on it. You could also take the heft of the pleats at the waist and pin them from the inside to your petticoat.
If you feel there is excess fabric round the waist, gently pull the fabric from the side which is covered by the saree. This will shift the excess bulk to the pallu covered side and concentrate the excess there. Now just take the excess and tuck-it in under the waist. This will visibly tighten the fit around the waist and will give the saree a fish cut look.
Put a pin in it!
- Make sure to secure your safety pin vertically when pinning the saree at the shoulder. This makes the fabric fall better.
- When securing the pallu to the shoulder, never position the pin exactly on the shoulder. Rather, position your pin on your back, just slightly off/beyond the shoulder point.
- When you’re satisfied with the pleats and have decided on the length of pallu, before you secure it on your shoulder, put two pins, each at a different point in the span of the pallu. Remove these after you are finished draping the saree, and your pallu pleats will be intact and tidy till the end.
- Worried about messing up your pallu and pleats while you dance? I n a manner similar to the above step — put a pin somewhere right before the pallu ends and one at the top of the pleats, an inch or so lower than the part that is tucked in.
- There could be excess fabric around the hip which can make you look bulky. For a slim fish cut shape, collect the excess fabric and tuck it neatly under the pleats and, from the inside, pin it to the last few pleats.
- To camouflage all the pinning, used coloured pins, and no one will be the wiser!
A Little Inspiration From Bollywood’s Fashionistas
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