Saree Draping an Art or a Technique?
Saree draping is more of an art than a technique. For most of the woman know the saree draping technique, but fail to drape it to perfection. You can master the art of saree draping by practicing it over an over again. It takes lot of patience while practicing as at times it is very difficult to manage 6 meter long piece of cloth. You tend to get lost in it and might end giving up a try to saree draping.
Saree draping in India is a common daily activity for women. From centuries saree has been worn by Indian women across the length and breadth of the country has stood as the tangible symbol of ethereal grace and beauty. Over the period of time women in India have developed various saree draping techniques just to stand out amongst the rest.
Saree is India’s national attire for women. It is an un-stiched rectangle piece of cloth that measures between 5.5 meters to 6meters and sometimes even 6.5 meters. The length of saree gives wearer an ample scope to creatively experiment new styles of draping a saree. It is marvel in Indian clothing that has taken Indian fashion to a next level in international market. The credit for saree’s popularity also goes to the fashion designers and celebrities who spotted in sarees at international events.
Many saree fanatic people refer saree as six yards of sheer elegance which gives that sensuous and caring touch, feminine appeal to a woman’s personality. All these factors adds lot of special sparkle and charm to entire look of a woman.
A saree has a timeless magical appeal that never fades. May be that’s the reason of it’s existence since centuries. In thousands of years of its evolution, many regional changes and influences have been incorporated in terms of the look, fabric and designs. For example, sarees from Rajasthan and Gujarat are mostly cotton fabrics with bandhni (tie & dye) prints or Lehriya prints, Where as sarees from West Bengal have a different weaving style. Similarly, saree draping techniques too change from region to region. You can easily distinguish between Bengali, Gujarati, Coorgi and Maharashtrian drape.
Saree Draping tips
- Go for dark colors if you have a dark complexion. Shades of Maroon, dark green or dark pink will suit you most.
- If you are a little chubby or on the heavier side, fabrics like chiffon, Georgette or synthetic fabric will suit your body type.
- If you are slim or petite body type, go for fabrics like cotton, organza, tussar silk etc.
- If you are short, avoid horizontal lines and bold / big prints.
- Tall women should avoid vertical line and small prints.
If your saree draping technique is not correct, these tips are useless. So, get your drape perfect before following these tips.
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