The origin of the drape or a garment similar to the saree can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilisation, which came into being during 2800–1800 BC in northwest India.
The saree is one of the world’s oldest and perhaps the only surviving unstitched garment from the past.
The popularity of the saree has a great deal to do with its versatility. The saree can be draped in nearly a hundred ways, allowing the wearer to style it so as to look formal or casual. Most of the drape styles are specific to different regions of India.
Traditionally sarees were worn without blouses and most of the drapes do not have a petticoat.
The modern urban style of wearing the saree has the garment draped around the waist a few times, pleated and tucked into the waistband of a petticoat with the loose end of the fabric, called the pallu, going across the torso and draped elegantly over the left shoulder. It is worn with a matched, fitted blouse that traces its roots to the Parsee community of India.
Saree has evolved in the present-day era in terms of every aspect.
They were re- introduced into contemporary Indian fashion through different ways right from fabrics to different draping styles.
Marathi women in traditional Nauvari saree, Mrunal Thakur at Cannes film festival,2023.
Saree draping is an art that has been passed down for generations.
There are several ways to drape a saree from the basic Nivi style to the butterfly draping style. Whether you are attending a wedding or any other special occasion, there is a saree draping style for every occasion. Here are the current trends when it comes draping your saree the modern way.
Belted Saree Draping
Handed down from ancient times, this vintage style of accessorizing the sari with a Kamarpatta, was in fashion during 70’s era.A belt is used to secure the Pallu of the saree. The belt could be made of metal, leather, beads, fabric and is worn around the waist over the saree.
Double Saree Draping Style
The double saree draping style is a very unique and stylish way of wearing a saree. Two sarees are draped together in this style to create a layered look. This style is perfect for weddings, receptions and other formal events.
Jacket over Saree Draping
Sporting a jacket with the sari for a high-end contemporary look. For a smart- casual, formal and modern look.
Butterfly Saree Draping Style
A butterfly-style saree drape is a stylish and modern way to drape a saree. This type of saree is tied slightly lower at the waist than usual to bring attention to your feminine silhouette. This style is perfect for weddings and parties.
A beautiful saree is a living, breathing and enduring piece of art across the subcontinent and draping a saree is an art form that has been passed down through generations. So, embrace the beauty with your elegance.