I will be honest; I cannot tie a saree on my own even to save my life. There were just five sarees in my trousseau and three of them were lehenga sarees while one is stitched saree. But nothing matches the elegance of well draped traditional saree. It is so versatile that it can be worn in more than 100 ways!
I attended a super fun ethnic confluence last Sunday, Triveni Sangam, hosted by Triveni a Surat based leading retailer of ethnic wear, especially known for sarees. Triveni currently has over 80 wholesale counters all over India with listings in all major online retailers as well. It went online in 2011 with launch of www.triveniethnics.com.At the event, they launched two collections DeNovo at event, Dastoor – 2 and Tamasha – 2 which were followed by interactive sessions when Shalini Raj, Lead Designer at Triveni. She also taught innovative drapes to the ladies and showed them how sarees can offer splendid makeover. It was a social event-cum-meet of ethnic wear event which was attended by fashion bloggers, lifestyle strategists and writers, ethnic wear and saree lovers and participants of Dare2Drape challenge put up by Triveni. The event was held at Vintage 31- Cafe & Bistro by Navya at Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
Many a women shared their experiences of tying a saree. Some of them had taken up Dare2Drape challenge where they will try one drape every week for seven weeks. I think its very cool (and brave) of these to take up this challenge and style an ethnic look every week. A learned a great deal about the nine yards. Basic drape is known to all but there so many fun tips and tricks thatmake your saree look great. It has convinced me to revisit the National dress of India and hope will do the same for you too. Sharing some of them with you right away
*First things first, one needs to check the shape of Petticoat. It is very important and determines how slim you look! One that is fitted on top and tapered at the bottom, give a flattering look. Also, dont tie it too tight otherwise you will have unnecessary bulges.
*When starting to tie the saree, one can either pin the beginning or tie a small knot on the upper side. This will ensure that your saree dont move.
*First decide the length of pallu and then tie pleats with the remaining fabric. This ensures that your pallu isnt too long or short.
*You need five pins for that perfect saree drape. One at beginning, two to tie pleats together, third to tie pleats to saree, fourth at the back of shoulders and last one at the fall on your hands.
*Fabric and colors of a saree should be chosen according to ones individuality. Shorter women should go for solid colors instead of prints and plump ones should choose dark colors to look slimmer. One should also avoid horizontal patterns if trying to look taller.
*While trying different draping styles, keep in mind that some may not be practical for nature calls 😉 (for instance, Maharashtrian style)
My Indo-western OOTD for the day
Cutwork Kurti – Customised
Jeggings – Zara
Sandals – Lipstick (Australia)
Bag – Charles & Keith