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How to Wear a Saree
A saree is associated with grace and is widely regarded as a symbol of Indian culture. The history of the 5-9 yard clothing dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization; even today it is considered one of the most expressive attires in India.
The saree covers the body from shoulder to the toes and is usually worn over a petticoat with a fitted upper body garment called the blouse. The mid riff is left bare because as per ancient Indian tradition, the navel is considered the source of life and creativity. The outer part of the saree which falls on the shoulder is called the Pallu and is normally the most decorative part of the saree.
The Saree is one garment that is worn by every woman in India across all age groups and regions in India. Each region has a specific way of draping sarees. Today, there are more than 80 diverse ways to drape a saree. Donning a saree is not just about draping the fabric, but also about carrying yourself with panache.
The style that is most abundantly found in the Indian subcontinent is called the Bengali style. First, the blouse and petticoat have to be worn. The saree is then wrapped around the waist over the petticoat and the loose end is worn over the left shoulder exposing the mid-riff. The middle part of the saree is neatly folded into 6-7 pleats and tucked inside the petticoat on the front. The loose end that falls over the shoulder can either be pinned into neat pleats with the blouse or can be left loose to give an elegant look.
The next most widely used style of draping a saree is the Gujarati style. People from the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan mostly wear their sarees in this fashion. Here instead of having the loose end over the left shoulder, it covers the right shoulder. The saree is wrapped around the waist over the petticoat twice. Then take the middle portion of the saree and make pleats. Tuck them into your petticoat at the center and secure with a safety pin. Now wrap the loose end behind you and drape it over the right shoulder in the form of pleats. Pin the pleats to the blouse to secure the pallu end.
The Maharasthrian style is also very popular and is similar to the Maharashtrian dhoti. The center of the saree is placed at the back and the ends are brought forward and tied securely. The two ends are then wrapped around the legs. Then another long cloth is used and the ends are passed over the shoulder and upper body. This style is primarily worn by women from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa.
The Indian saree has also made a huge impact in the Western world with various foreign celebrities adorning the 9 yard garment at movie premiers and film festivals. The saree is no longer looked as a traditional garment; women are donning the saree which is draped in an Indo-Western fashion. Instead of the petticoat, women wear a legging beneath the saree and team it with a fancy top. Here, the saree is first pleated at the beginning. The pleats are then tucked into the legging near the navel. The innermost end of the saree from the last pleat is then wrapped around the body from the left. The loose end is then pleated and draped over the left shoulder. The loose end is then brought over the right shoulder such that it created a deep U at the back.
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