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Indian Cotton Sari – Different Ways Of Draping The Good Old Cotton Sari

Posted by jasnav on May 17, 2010

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.

Bengali Style

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.

Gujarati Style

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.

Tamilian Style

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.

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What Pochampally Sari To Wear On Your Pre And Post Wedding Functions

Posted by jasnav on May 11, 2010

Sometimes spending a bomb on heavy saris for each wedding occasion shoots up the budget. Make the right choice between high budget, high quality and medium budget, reasonable quality options for different functions of the wedding.

Here are some exclusive options to be worn during the different functions during the wedding. Take it easy is the way to be when it comes to looking and feeling good.

Haldi Function

The haldi function is considered to be the most pious and traditional of all the ceremonies conducted during the wedding. Usually the bride wears a cotton sari in yellow and red combinations.

Times are changing and so are the traditions. Instead of the regular yellow and red border sari, opt for the Drashti pochampally sari in a similar color combination. It is a pure cotton sari available in bright color combinations.

Besides, Devyani and Disha pochampally sarees will be ideal for the occasion as they have subtle yet gorgeous work done on them.


Mehendi ceremony is another occasion where the brideÆs comfort matters the most. Usually, the bride has to wear uncomfortable attire while the professionals are applying mehendi for hours together. Neither can the bride wear gaudy clothes nor completely casual pyjamas.

The ideal option remains the bright Falguni pochampally which is highly ravishing. Besides, the color combinations are equally gorgeous and suit all possible skin complexions.

Sangeet Ceremony

Sangeet is one time when everyone is on the dance floor. The fun and frolic mood should not be barred for the bride. The bride can definitely opt for the classy Geet pochampally silk sari for an elegant look. This will help her in feeling comfortable yet look very classy.

Keep in mind that you drape the sari properly and tuck it tightly to avoid any wardrobe mishaps. For an even more elegant look, do pick up the Dharini pochampally sari.

Cocktail Function

The cocktail party is the one time when conventions and modernism come together. Cocktail party is one informal moment where everyone comes together to raise a toast for the bride.

For the brideÆs look in the cocktail party, it should be neither very traditional nor very informal. You can go for the Gayatri pochampally sari or Fatima pochampally sari. To add to the innovative look, sport a trendy halter neck blouse as it will add the oomph factor as well.

We will not discuss the actual wedding sari here as that has been covered in detail in a complete article elsewhere in this series.

Post Wedding Functions

The post wedding functions are considered to be more on the serious side as the newly-wedded bride is solely involved in the rituals. She needs to perform her household duties as well as perform the rituals at the same time. For her comfort, Dhara and Dimple pochampally sarees are an ideal option. Not only are the colors bright and attractive but are easy to carry too.

The idea is to buy a sari keeping in mind the utility factor too. You cannot just buy a sari to be worn for a single function.

So plan what to wear on your pre and post wedding functions accordingly in order to be comfortable.

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Tips For A Simple Yet Elegant Wedding

Posted by jasnav on March 2, 2010

One of the most important occasions in life is your wedding. All you need is to prioritize your needs for a simple yet elegant wedding.

Here are some important tips for a simple yet adequately lavish wedding.

Coordination works well

Always talk it out with your partner regarding your wedding trousseau. Ensure it should not be a mismatch. Try to keep both the bride and groom’s attire in synchronization. You can definitely ask your partner to wear a similar shade and design your wedding trousseau accordingly.

Value for money

Keep the focus of the wedding more on marriage vows, rituals et al. Ensure that no lavish furniture and lights are used for the venue decoration theme.

Brief the music band members about the genre of music to be played. The couple should get their waltz moves perfect before the wedding and avoid tripping.

Food For Thought

Keep a healthy stock of food and liquor. The dining area should be weatherproof as unpredictable rain may spoil your party. Also keep a guest register at the entrance of the party venue to keep a tab on the free mongers. Keep the bartenders briefed about the tipsy relatives and pals who can act fresh.

Go Traditional

Go for a regional sari like Gadhwal sari that has a rich history behind its weaving. The weavers of traditional Gadhwal sari hailed from the royal household of Benaras, India, who picked up this form of special weaving skills by accident, but have refined the skills finely over centuries of experience.

Gadhwal sari weavers weave cotton and silk together to form a fine fabric. The main portion of the fabric is made up of cotton while the borders with zari work are of silk. For your wedding a gorgeous Chanchala Gadwal sari is an ideal option. You can wear the Chandi Gadwal sari for post wedding rituals too.

So stay simple yet elegant, and make the most of the wedding celebrations.

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Gadwal Sari: A Dying Art With International Acclaim

Posted by jasnav on January 12, 2010

The beautiful and elegant Gadhwal saris is proclaimed by Indian Sari lovers as amongst the masterpieces of craft and stylishness. Yet this unique piece of work is does not get its due share of appreciation. LetÆs see why.

Regional Boundaries Act As A Limitation

Despite its unique character, the Gadwal sari has remained within its boundaries as the weavers lack economic resources. The government has promoted it on an international level but it is yet to receive its due importance in its own country. Since there is more craze and hype about designer Indian saris, the natural talents are out of the limelight.

Lack Of Economical Resources

The Gadwal sari has been tagged as an extinct art because hardly a handful of the weavers are continuing with the profession. The cost of weaving each sari is high and price quoted is low. The profit is meager and hardly yields the weavers anything more than miniscule profit. The government funds are lack uniformity and as a result it has become a dying art.

Fraud At Market Level

Gadwal Sari is considered to be a weavers delight as it has a unique combination of cotton and silk. The zari used is considered to be made of threads of 18 carat gold. The overall effort and resources used by the weavers fails to get them the quoted price.

On the contrary, the retailers and showroom owners are selling the sari at much higher rates. The upper middle class segment appreciates its uniqueness on cotton and silk and as result pays a heavy price too. But the actual weavers of the beautiful Gadwal sari are not the beneficiaries of this recognition.

International Acclaim

Spanning from Hollywood actor Julia Roberts to Senator Hillary Clinton, scores have picked Gadwal sari as a token of respect for the weavers. The Gadwal weavers have a rich history associated with them. Initially, the Gadwal sari were considered to be very pious and was worn only during religious ceremonies.

Till date, in the southern part of India, Gadwal sarees are worn during the religious ceremonies in which tons of money is spent. Prosperity, however, continues to elude the practitioners of this fine art.

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