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The Art Of Sari Draping

The traditional way to drape the sari is to twist the piece around the waist one time tucking it in the petticoat all around. Now make pleats in the centre. Tuck these too in the petticoat firmly. Place the remaining material called the ‘anchal’ over the left shoulder. The “aanchal” is the portion of the sari that has a lot of designs and motifs. It is the portion that hangs loose over your left shoulder showing off all those beautiful designs.photo

The blouse or choli can be a matching one or in a contrasting colour or material. It can be made in various styles and is often embellished with beads, embroidery, piping or golden threads.

Bengali women are renowned all over the world for their beauty. Their attraction is further enhanced by the grace and dignity with which they can carry the sari, their traditional attire. There is no untruth in that no one can wear a sari as elegantly as a Bengali. Their starched, crisp cotton saris, draped ever so faultlessly and the bearing of the wearer always elucidates admiration. Every Bengali lady has a wardrobe full of the most amazing cotton and handloom saris which are comfortable to wear in the humid, heat of Bengal.

To wear a sari the traditional Bengali way make two large pleats around the waist, after covering the torso. Get hold of the anchal from under the right shoulder and throw it up again over the same shoulder. To complete the look tie a large key ring with keys to the end of the anchal to hold it down. Wear some red and white shell bangles and add a red bindi. Now the look is perfect.
The Marathi style, popular with the Brahmin women of Maharashtra is quite unique. In this style no petticoat is required; the sari is draped in a way that the centre of the sari is neatly placed at the back of the waist and the ends of the sari are tied securely in the front. Then the two ends are wrapped around the legs. The decorative ends are then draped over the shoulder and the upper body.
Gujarati way is commonly known as the seedha pallu way. The pleats are tucked so that they open to the right. Then, the pallu is taken to the back and brought over the right shoulder. It is then spread across the chest, and the left edge is tucked in the petticoat at the back.

Tamilian method. The sari measures eight meters. After wrapping around the waist, the pleats are positioned along the left leg. The rest of the sari is taken over the left shoulder, wrapped once again round the waist and tucked on the left side.

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