Learn the art of draping saree for any occasion

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Saree is the traditional dress of India, and there is no doubt that India is a mine of sarees. So many different states of India produce high quality and unique sarees. Different types of sarees are worn on different occasions. For example, you can wear a saree to your friend’s wedding or graduation and you can also wear a saree for an important business meeting. Since there are varieties of sarees, one needs to master the art of draping saree also.
Every occasion is marked with certain special rules of propriety. For instance, you cannot wear a revealing saree to a puja. Then if you are going out during the day, you cannot wear very heavy silk sarees. Light colors are suitable for the day time and there are special types of saree for the day time. Basically, there is a particular type of saree for every occasion. You just have to know which type of saree to wear on which occasion.
Firstly here is how to drape a normal saree. If you know the basic then you can master in any kind of draping the saree.
Normal Saree
STEP 1: Get ready with a waist – to – floor length petticoat tied reasonably firmly at the waist by a drawstring and wear a fitted blouse that ends just below the bust.
STEP 2: Now, take the plain end of the Saree and start tucking it into the petticoat and wrap one full round from right to left. Make sure that the lower end of the Saree is just about an inch above the floor.
STEP 3: Hold Saree, just after the tucked portion, and start making pallu pleats measuring a span width each.
STEP 4: Make about 7 to 10 pleats, depending on the length of the Saree and hold them up together so that they fall straight and even.
STEP 5: Tuck the arranged pleats into the inskirt slightly towards the left of the navel, and make sure that the pleat folds face left too.
STEP 6: Now hold the Saree and tuck it in the inskirt until around the back and bring the untied portion in front from the right.
STEP 7: Now, make 6-7 pallu pleats at the shorter hem of the Saree and place it on the left shoulder such that the pallu falls just above the knee level. Fix pallu to the blouse with a safety pin.
Saree can be draped in many different ways; so pick a style depending on your saree texture, blouse style and occasion.
Indo-Western Saree
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STEP 1: Start with having the right clothing on. With this style, you’ll mix Indian and Western styles by wearing leggings or jeggings instead of a petticoat, and a clubbing style or other fancy top instead of a choli. Again, be sure to have your shoes on before you start wrapping.
STEP 2: Make a pleated section. Begin pleating down the long side of the saree until you have a decent sized section of pleats.
STEP 3: Tuck in the pleated section. Tuck the pleated section into the waistband, centered below your navel, such that the rest of the saree is coming from the innermost pleat and to the left. Then tuck along the waist further, until it reaches your spine or just to your right side.
STEP 4: Pleat the other end. Switch to and pleat the other end of the saree as normal, across the short side.
STEP 5: Wrap the shoulder section. Pass the shoulder section behind you and then wrap it so that it passes from your right hip and then over your left shoulder.
STEP 6: Adjust the fabric. Adjust the hang of the saree so that a deep U is created at the right hip and the shoulder pleats hang at a level that pleases you.
STEP 7: Pin it in place as needed. Pin it at your shoulder to keep the saree in place, as well as anywhere else you need to in order to get the drape you want. Enjoy your new saree style. Flaunt it by going Indo Desi.
Half Saree
Want to convert full saree in half saree then go for this very stylish drape. This makes one look slimmer around waist and this look is very young too. To get this look, do the bottom pleat and draping as you do always. Now pleat the pallu and bring it over left shoulder from back, pin it there. Take one corner of the pallu wrap tightly around your waist and pin the corner under the pallu on front side. While doing this keep the pallu long so that you make a nice V in front, the bottom pleats should come in center of the front V.
Lehenga Saree
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This look is apt for wedding and traditional functions where you want to wear a lehenga but don’t want to buy a new one. Nothing to worry with this drape you can make your heavily work saree look like a lehenga. Here the bottom draping will also change. So after doing 1 round saree wrap on your petticoat start making small-small pleats throughout your waist. Smaller the plates, more kalli your lehenga saree will have. Start under right hand and go back till you’re back making small pleats and tuck then inside the petticoat. Take the remaining material i.e. the pallu and bring it over your right shoulder and pin it like you do for siddha pallu. Making pleats or leaving it flowing.
Dupatta style pallu
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The usual saree style but pallu, goes on left shoulder first and takes a turn on the neck and comes on right shoulder. A kamarband can work as a support to hold the pallu in place and with the distance you want to maintain.
Pallu draped along chest
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The Saree is tied the regular way, but pallu instead of going the usual front to back, must be draped around the chest from right to left and rest of pallu comes on your right arm from behind.
Front Pallu
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Front pallu is very good option if your saree has nice work on the pallu or a heavy border pallu. To achieve this look, tie the saree on petticoat with peats as you do normally. Then take the pallu part and let it go around you under your hands. To keep it at place, secure it with pins on both side of your blouse. Now pleat the pallu let it go under your left hand and bring it on left shoulder and pin it.
Pallu around neck
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Yet another version of Gujrati style but the pallu is first rotated around the neck and then left to fall from the shoulder, as a scarf. It’s sure to make you stand out in the crowd. Useful for those unpredictable Indian winters.
Jumpsuit Saree
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Instead of wearing a petticoat, dress your saree on a chudi. This will allow for fuss-free movements. Nowadays, there are also ready-to-wear versions available, where the pallu transforms into racer-back straps attached to the chudi’s waist itself. Team it with a racy, textured choli and balance it with a smart cropped bolero for a layered festive look.
Angrakha Jacket style
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You can dress up your classic saree with a Mughal-inspired angrakha jacket. Layer the basic bandeau with a striking jacket of your choice, for a modern yet regal option, if you’re putting together a festive ensemble.
Gown Saree
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Now this one is a slight deviation, but here is a saree inspired gown for those who want to style their wardrobe with avant-garde outfits. The fluidity and construction of the traditional six-yards is now combined with the practicality of a gown. These are basically gowns that come with a pallu, and at times with stitched pleats. So, this new silhouette will look like a saree inspired outfit.
Typical Traditional Saree
A saree is not just a long, uncut, unstitched rectangular piece of cloth that is worn by women in the Indian Subcontinent. It is an age long tradition and a cultural inheritance that has been carried forward for generations.
Bengali/Devadas style
Originally from Bengal, but popularized by the film “Devadas” this drape is done with two large pleats in front and the pallu wrapped twice around the top. Traditionally the pallu end was weighed down with a house key – usually of the heavy skeleton variety. Nowadays, however, there are many variations to this style. What’s more, it has less folds and tucks that matter and it all crushes down as you go about your day so you don’t really look as balloon-like as you may think you do.
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What’s unusual about draping a saree in the Maharashtra way is that no petticoat is needed! Since this style requires a nine-yard saree, instead of a usual five-yard saree, the extra length of the saree is drawn up between the legs and worn like a dhoti, and tucked behind at the waist, while the other portion is draped as a pallu over the shoulder or even used to cover the head.
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Like the Maharashtra way, this version also requires a nine-yard saree as opposed to the five-yard one and is worn without a petticoat inside. Once the saree is wrapped around the waist, the pleats are positioned along the left leg and the rest of the saree is taken over the left shoulder, wrapped once again round the waist and tucked on the left side.
Here are few Tips & Tricks
1. Save your time over Pleats and Pallu by keeping it pinned in place earlier.
2. Always wear your heels, inskirt or jeggings beforehand to get the right length of the Saree.
3. Keep safety pins handy for easy arrangement.
4. be ready with basic make-up.
5. Wear Jewelry and accessories for the final look.

Source: http://www.dothefashion.com/dont-just-wear-saree-learn-art-of-draping-saree-occasion/