Reinventing the saree with different drapes!
Saree has been an Indian woman’s best friend for ages now. And why not? Some outfits can get monotonous after a while, but sarees have a timeless appeal and what’s more, you can experiment with them to no end. In current times, designers and fashionistas have gone an extra mile and redefined the saree trend in diverse ways. The traditional charm amalgamated with the new-age fun twists lend it a different dimension altogether, which is why even the modern woman swears by it! Not only has the saree designs, fabrics and patterns evolved in multifarious ways over the decades, but the ways of draping it have also undergone fun changes.
In states such as Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar etc., the saree is draped commonly in a way which is referred to as ‘seedha pallu’. Instead of opening to the left, the pleats are tucked in such a way that they open to the right. The pallu is then taken to the back and brought back from over the right shoulder. Spread across the chest, the pallu’s left edge is tucked in the petticoat at the back. Since it involves minimum pleats near the tummy area, it best suits the pear-shaped women who have a bulkier lower half. The saree should be well-tightened so that it does not look too voluminous, and skims well upon your body.
In Maharashtra, the saree is worn in a completely different manner by giving it the look of a ‘dhoti’. This version of a saree usually measures 8 metres, instead of the regular 5 to 5.5 metres. It does not require a petticoat, since a portion of the fabric goes in between the legs, and thus allows greater freedom of movement. The pallu either drapes the shoulder or covers the head. On the other hand, the Bengali style involves a pleat less mode of wearing the saree, when it is wrapped around the waist, brought back from the right side, and then the pallu goes over the right shoulder. It is then brought up under the right arm and again thrown over the left shoulder. Often, this graceful and traditional style is complemented by adding an ornate key bunch to the edge of the pallu.
The Mumtaz saree drape that was popularized by the renowned actress of the retro era Mumtaz, though often well-appreciated but not considered to be very practical since it bares the midriff and allows only very slow-paced walk. This style can be modified a little to be more comfortable and feasible by sporting the double drape look. The bottom part remains same, just that it leaves a longer material for pallu. The 3/4th part of the pallu is to be folded lengthwise and draped around the waist. Then there is a second rap under right hand and on left shoulder in an ‘ulta pallu’ style. This kind of draping slims down your body, and looks even better for sarees with wide border.
Bollywood these days is witnessing a lot of saree oomph being flaunted by the leading ladies. If you have an hourglass shape, and do not have much inhibitions about leaving your midriff exposed, then you can go for this style with very tiny pleats and the border, draped around the waist, is very clearly visible. Since the pallu is very narrow, it covers the torso only partially, thus baring much of the midriff.
So you need not be under the fallacy that saree is boring, rather on the contrary, few women’s outfits can be as versatile as a saree, just that you need to master a few tricks to bring out your most glamorous side through it!