How to wrap a Sari-the traditional way
First make sure you are wearing a close fitted shirt that goes well with your sari underneath. Most women wear a type of petticoat as well, but I think its possible to go without--especially if you want the cool breeziness a sari can offer. If you do go without a petticoat, make sure you're wearing shorts or underwear with a very strong band because you'll be tucking the sari into this.
Tuck the upper edge of the sari into your waistband a bit to the right of your belly button. The bottom should be right at the floor, and if your sari has one decorated side and one plain side, make sure the decorated side is by your feet. Wrap the sari once around yourself, bringing it up and around on your right side.
Now begin making 5 to 7 pleats of about 4 or 5 inches, starting at the tucked in side. The first pleat should fall down the center of your body. Line each pleat up in front of one another, making sure they are all even, and adjust it with the bottom edge of your first wrap. Tuck the pleats securely into your waistband, and you can use a safety pin if necessary to keep them in place.
Bring the rest of the fabric around yourself again, bringing it up under your right armpit and over your left shoulder.You can pleat it a few times, leaving some fabric to hang a bit over your arm and pinning the pleats in place.
Voila, a traditional Nivi drape!
How to Wrap a Sari Video
Indian Sarees (Saris)
Some Sari Links
- Sari Safari - How to Wrap a Sari
Sari Safari - Virtual Saree Tour of India, and online sari shop, featuring handloomed saris and printed sarees from all over India.
- Wear a sari, Wrapping a saree, Saree drapping, Sari tie
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sanya on October 12, 2013:
Daisy duke on April 27, 2012:
This is very helpful thanks so much
Christina on October 10, 2011:
This is really helpful. Thx.
jaree on March 30, 2011:
u r guidance steps very nice!
grace on March 29, 2011:
thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sandy on February 18, 2010:
video and picures very helpful, thank you
tonyhubb on October 29, 2009:
Thank you for information , very nice guide...
Solorya (author) from Oklahoma on May 22, 2009:
slideshow to come soon on this, have to separate the pics...
AndyBaker from UK on April 01, 2009:
Great pictures! Very helpful.
Hannah on December 19, 2008:
Veryy NICE, a little hard to understand... but wonderful!
Solorya (author) from Oklahoma on June 17, 2008:
Thanks--glad it helps!
Maddie Ruud from Oakland, CA on June 09, 2008:
Great hub. Very clear and helpful instructions. Big thumbs up!