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If you want to wear a sari, it is absolutely essential to get the saree draping right. Since this garment is essentially just a 6 to 9 yard long piece of cloth, the draping style determines the overall silhouette and aesthetic of the outfit. The whole look can be completely changed simply because of the manner in which the sari is draped, pleated and tucked. There are many different saree wearing styles in India, with every region of the country having their own slant pertaining to the draping method. These are the three most popular ones:

Nivi Style Drape

This is the classic sari drape that is frequently used. Though it originated in Andhra Pradesh, it is no longer restricted to its geographical origins; all types of saris, from traditional to modern ones, are draped in this style. In this region, the saree is pleated neatly and tucked in to the waist, draped around the body and then over the shoulder. It is draped from the right hip over the left shoulder, with a long, fluttering portion (‘pallu’) left to hang. It can either be left loose (if it’s a soft, flowing material) or it can be neatly pleated and pinned.

Bengali Saree Draping

This traditional style from Bengal forgoes the extensive pleating at the waist. Instead of leaving the pallu to hang, it is brought to the front from the back over the other shoulder, tied with a saree ornament and then left free in the front.

Gujarati Saree Draping

Instead of front to back, the Gujarati saree drape is back to front. The saree is neatly pleated and fanned out over the torso, allowing the pallu portion to be beautifully displayed.

There are several different Indian saree designs to choose from. Women should select the drape based on the type of sari and its regional origins. At Utsav Fashion, people will find an extensive range of beautiful sarees from different regions of India, as well as tutorials on how to drape them. Browse their website to find the marvel of ethnic fashion!

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