Saree is just a fabric which needs to be draped in a
particular way to achieve the fully dressed effect. Draping the sari is an
art. The saree is worn in in different ways in different states. However,
the most common method is wrapping the cloth around the waist, making pleats
in the front and draping the final length around the shoulder. The remaining
fabric that is draped over her blouse and shoulder, falling behind her is
called the pallu.
Steps involved in wearing a Saree
- Step 1. Around your body. Starting at the navel, tuck the plain end
of the saree into the petticoat and continue tucking till you take a
complete turn from right to left. Adjust the lower end of the saree to
the height required. Ideally wear your footwear so that you drape the
saree to the right length.
- Step 2. Measuring the pallu. Hold the top edge of the saree where
the pallu is and bring it around your hips to the front and over your
left shoulder, thus measuring the length of the pallav or pallu. The
pallav should hang down the back to the knee. You may pin your pallav to
your sari blouse provisionally.
- Step 3. Making pleats. Create pleats with the saree. Make about 7 to
10 pleats and hold them up together so that they fall straight and even.
Tuck the pleats into the waist petticoat slightly to the left of the
navel, taking care to see that the pleats are turned towards the left.
- Step 4. The pallu. The remaining portion of the saree must be turned
once around the body and then draped over the left shoulder. Arrange the
pleats on this part of the saree and then pin them up on the left
shoulder to prevent the pallu from falling off.
This is the most common method to wear a saree. With matching bindi and
jewellery you feel like a complete Indian woman.