How to Wear Indian Saree Perfectly with Blouse – Step by Step Complete Guide
Indian Traditional Saree is considered as one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. Nothing beats the grace of a saree if it’s draped to perfection. Saree is the only dress which fits all – fat or thin short or tall and also worn on any occasion and place.
Saree (or Sari) is an unstitched rectangular piece of fabric. The length of saree is generally 5 to 8 meters depending on tradition and regions. It is dressed along with a Blouse (also known as choli or top or shirt) and petticoat (skirt or bottom). It is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff.
There are various styles of sari draping, the most common being the Nivi style and others like Bengali style saree draping, Gujarati style saree draping, Marathi style saree draping, Kerala style saree draping, Mermaid Style saree draping, Lehenga Style saree draping and party (Indo-western) style saree draping.
If you are newly married or a novice looking for help in saree draping, this article is for you. Let us learn how to wear a saree in an easy and perfect way by following this step by step guide.
Preparation to drape a saree – Traditional drawstring petticoat, blouse, Saree, safety pins.
Step 1 – Put on the petticoat and tie it tightly at the waist
Step 2 – Put on the blouse that complements or matches with Saree color and design.
Step 3 – Unfold the saree to its full length. Adjust the height up to your navel, wrap the saree around the waistline comfortably and tuck the plain end of the Saree into the petticoat, starting at your navel.
Step 4 – Wrap the saree around your waist, tucking it in for one complete turn from right to left. Make sure the lower end of the Saree touches the floor, maintaining the same height as you wrap it around the waistline.
Step 5 – You are now ready for pleating the saree in the front. Pleating is done using your right hand while your left hand holds tight the remaining length of the saree. Gather the other end of the fabric and fold it lengthwise into 8 to 10 pleats. Your middle finger and index finger will be slipping to and fro while your little finger and ring finger will steady your right thumb. Hold them up together so that they remain even and at same height.
Step 6 – Tuck the pleats into the waistband, slightly to the left of your navel, with the pleats turned towards the left. The pleats should fall straight and even.
Step 7 – Drape the remaining fabric around yourself from left to right. Wrap it under your right arm and over your left shoulder so that it falls to about knee level.
Step 8 – Pin the end of the fabric securely to your blouse to prevent the Saree from slipping.