Over the centuries, wearing styles of the famous Indian cotton sari have undergone major changes. While some wear it the traditional way, some prefer to go innovative. Fashionistas feel that every province has a different draping style.
Follow the tips given here to know about the different ways to drape the same good old cotton sari.
Remember those gyrating dance movements by the suave Madhuri Dixit and sassy Aishwarya Rai in the Bollywood flick Devdas? The duo sashayed the screen wearing the cotton sari in the Bengali way.
The cotton sari makes an ideal choice for the Bengali way of draping. Devika Pochampally saree will make for an ideal option for this style of wearing. Since it has a broad border, the look will be on the right lines with Bengali draping style.
In the Bengali draping style, the main sari is tied around the waist and the anchal or pallu falls on the left side after coming through the right side. There are no pleats used in the draping which makes it more comfortable to wear. The anchal is supposed to come from under the right arm and then draped over the left hand shoulder.
Paithani Or Maharashtrian Style
The traditional Marathi sari comes in eight and nine metre versions as compared to six meters for most of the others. Charu Gadwal pure cotton sari comes in bright colors symbolizing the coastal greenery. The Chanchala Gadwal pure cotton sari is another ideal option for paithani way of draping.
In the Maharashtrian style, one part of the sari is tucked in the back area on the waist. This layer comes in between the legs and the rest part come over the chest area as pallu. The lower portion resembles a dhoti sans pleats after being draped.
Bollywood actresses are a big fan of this form of draping. Look at the current heartthrob Priyanka Chopra in her latest hit Kameene sporting this style.
The overall style gives freedom of movement as well as a sensuous look. Usually this form is also worn during weddings by Maharashtrian brides. Even women in the coastal areas of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh wear their cotton saris in similar fashion.
The gujrati style of wearing the Indian cotton sari is also known as the seedha pallu style. This form of draping is quite common in the hindi belt states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh etc. The Chavi Gadwal pure cotton sari is a great option for the Gujarati way of draping.
In the Gujrati style, the pleats are tucked in a manner so that they open out from the right hand side. The pallu falls down from over the left shoulder. This form of draping shows off the work on the pallu.
The Deepa chanchal pure cotton saree will look great as Tamilian way of draping, which is considered to be one of the deeply traditional ways of draping a cotton sari.
In the Tamilian style, the sari is tucked in the waist and the pleats are centred on the left leg. The pallu falls over the left shoulder to be wrapped and tucked on the left side of the waist. This form of sari draping is also used during classical recital ceremonies apart from weddings.
Get innovative and drape the good old Indian cotton sari in different ways.