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Why is saree draping so challenging?

Why do many people find wearing a saree so difficult? even with regular practice, even seasoned saree wearers struggle when it comes to trying out a new drape or saree draping style. While most people are accustomed to draping in the nivi style with cotton fabrics and silk, many peole struggle to drape different materials. So let look into some of the factors which you need to take into account when draping a saree in a different style. 

  1. Elasticty

Sarees that offer some kind of elasticty are often the easiest to drape. By elasticty we dont mean stretchy. All fabrics are slightly elastic depening on the angle of the fibers. Certain fabrics with a loose weave are often more elastic and therefore easier to drape. On the other hand silk sarees offer very little elasticty.  When a saree is elastic, you can pull on the fabric slightly to make sure that saree fits snugly to give the wearer a slim look. However, with a non-elastic saree its impossible to pull on the fabric too much, so creating a snug slim fit has to be done in other ways. So its important to take this into consideration.

  1. Weight

The weight of the saree also helps to determined how the saree draping style will look in the end. If a saree is too light e.g organza or starched light cotton, the saree drape will end up looking very puffy. And while a heavier fabric may sit well on the body to give a slipper look, it may require numerous safety pins and a sturdy blouse and petticoat to provide additional support for the heavy fabric. So if you want to find a saree that is easy to drape, pick someting in a medium weight. 

  1. blouse support 

While in the old days. wearing a blouse with a saree was not mandatory, it more recent times, its become an essential part of the garment. For a heavier silk or embroidered saree the blouse plays an essential role in supporting the heavy pallu. So for heavier drapes a well fitted blouse will be required. However, for light weight or midweight sarees, you are free to experiment with any kind of saree from tshirt blouses to a regular tops which you can pair with your blouses. 

4, saree contruction

Although a saree is an unstitched piece of fabric, its intentionally desiged for draping. The saree borders and pallus are actually designed to give weight to the bottom of the saree and the pallu so that it drapes well on the body. You will defintiely find this in the case of traditional sarees and silk sarees. However, if you are wearing a more moder saree such as organza or mul mul cotton, you will find that there may be no border or detailed pallu to help your saree drape properly. In this case you may need to get a fall stitched or choose a mid to heavy weight fabric. 


5, petticoat    

The petticoat also plays an important function for holding the saree drape style. Nowadays a traditional petticoat is not required as almost anything can be used to tuck a saree into e.g pallazzo pants, jeans an underskirt. These different garments allow you to experiment with different ways to draping a saree. Incase you want a more traditional look but dont want to go with a standard petticoat, there are many modern petticoats available which have slimming effects. 

So the next time you try a new saree draping style, be suire to take these factors into account. It will surely save you some time and you will enjoy draping your saree more

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