Wearing a Saree is an art. Like sculpting or cooking. Only that in this case, your body is the canvas, and the 9-yard cloth is your brush.
And just like painting, there are a dozen ways to wear your saree and today, I request your unbridled attention to pester you with my favorite.
With that said, lets go painting. Shall we?
So, I learnt how to wear my first Saree from my mother and over time, I caught on, and with lots of practice, got better at it, 9 yards at a time.
So let’s get into into how I do it.
1. To start you off, you need a petticoat, a blouse, a couple of safety pins and and the Saree. I got my petticoat and blouse from my tailor which is easy because they were tailored for my body.
Hack 1: Always wear your shoes- heels are preffered- before you start the intricate draping.
Hack 2: The part of the cloth that has the embroidery (non-pallu) on the bottom should be the wrap-around. The part that is fully embroidered goes over your shoulder.
Hack 3: A chiffon or a georgette saree with a thin border works best because of its form-fitting texture.
2. Wear your petticoat below the belly bottom and wrap the non-bordered Saree around you waistline, while tucking it into the tight petticoat
3. Take the remaining part of the saree and toss it around your waist like the initial round, except you need to do the tuck at least above four or five inches from the first one. Leave a bit of length which you will use to make pleats.
4 . Hold your second wrap-around securely below your waist with a safety pin.
5. Now, make pleats on the front and in the process fold the saree near the left waist to show the border in an extra pleat, hold the pleats into place with a safety pin then tuck the pleats in the center.
6. Hold the pallu end , bring it over the bosom under arms and take the short end over the right shoulder from front to back and secure it with a pin
You can now twirl around and step out like the enchantress you were always meant to be.
Or at least, like I did:
But that’s pretty basic right? There is a twist to it. I paired it with a matching blazer and a belt while using the Pallu end as my scarf.
Head over to my Youtube channel for the complete tutorial and do not forget to leave your thoughts on this.
Until next time,
Love and lite.