Basic Saree Draping Style | Ulta Pallu Style

in its most basic form, saree draping is nothing but a strip of cloth being wrapped around your body and it is because of this simplicity that we can shape it into a hundred different styles. When draped aesthetically, there is no argument about the saree being the most graceful and versatile garment for a woman.

Maharashtra method of Saree Draping Style

Instead of the usual five-and-a-half meters, the sari in this version measures eight meters. The saree apes a dhoti style somewhat, with some of the fabric tucked between the legs to divide them. Worn without a petticoat underneath, this saree is rarely seen nowadays except on festive occasions. Thus it forms a kind of divided sari, allowing greater freedom of movement. In this version of the saree the pallu drapes the shoulder or is used to cover the head.

Tamilian method of Saree Draping Style

Like the Maharashtra version, the saree in this version, too, measures eight meters. After wrapping around the waist, the pleats are positioned along the left leg. The rest of the sari is taken over the left shoulder, wrapped once again round the waist and tucked on the left side. This saree uses multiple tuck and complicated pleats to form a saree that can be as comfortable as a pair of jeans if draped right. The pallu is folded in half and tucked into the waist allowing the lady to go about her chores.

Bengali method of Saree Draping Style

The saree is worn pleatless; it is wrapped around the waist, brought back to the right side and the pallu is thrown over the left shoulder. The pallu is then brought up under the right arm and once again cast over the left shoulder. Often an ornate key bunch is added to the edge to complete this very feminine and elegant drape.

Kodagu method of Saree Draping Style

Worn mainly by women from Kodagu district of Karnataka, this style is distinguished by the pleats being in the back. The pallu is flung on to the right shoulder and held in place by a pin.

Nivi Style (Andhra style) method of Saree Draping Style

Nivi Style originally worn in Andhra Pradesh; besides the modern nivi, there is also the kaccha nivi, where the pleats are passed through the legs and tucked into the waist at the back. This allows free movement while covering the legs.