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Silk Sarees

How to take care of  silk sarees

Soap is not to be used for initial 3 washes, Wash with cold water.

use a mild detergent

Usage of chemicals is not advised as it reduces the life of silk saree.

Never twist or wringle the silk

Use a protein shampoo with warm/cold water as the protein in shampoo will feed the protein in silk material

Never brush / lash the silk sari as it may lead to tearing of the zari.

Don’t bundle and keep wet sari for long durations.

Once washed, immediately keep the saree for drying.

Never dry the silk sari in direct sun light.
Dry cleaning is the best option for removal of tough stains.

Fluids are used in dry cleaning as it contains little or no water and do not penetrate the fibre and the solvents used does not affect the silk. Steam iron is the best option to use while ironing a silk saree to prevent harm to the fiber.  Never twist or wring the silk sari during washing or while rinsing it, as the saree can lose its original shine and can attain permanent wrinkles.
Store separately and wrapped in a muslin cloth or pure cotton cloth, in a dark place to avoid fading and discoloration.
It is best to store silk saree in hanging position this way they will not get any crease and would remain wrinkle free for long time.
While ironing keep it on medium heat only.

Use a steam iron

The saree should be kept in a cool and dry place.

Muslin cloth to be used to wrap silk outfits.

Use a hanger preferably in your cupboard

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Sari Draping – II

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Hello friends,

In previous post we have seen different types of indian styles of draping sarees. In todays post we shall see other types. Each type of draping is unique and different from each other. It requires good practice and skill to perfect these types.

Tamil Style

In this sari draping style, one of the basic difference is nine yard of sai is used instead of six. In this style, we use multiple tucks with pleats to form a sari. Similar to maharashtrian style, it can be worn without petticoat. Pallu is folded in half and tucked to the waist allowing the women to to go about her chores.

Gujarati Style

This is one of my favourite style. Gujarat has a rich culture. It may be their food, history, music, costumes. This sari draping style is so famous that people all over the world wear it. It looks very elegant and is very comfortable. In this style, pleats face right as compared to left in other styles. Pallu is worn from the back to the front from right side. Then the pallu is tucked at back securing it properly. This type of drape gives an elaborate border.

Kodagu Style

This style is famous in Karnataka, a state in India. It is also famous in southern parts of India.  In this style pallu is put on to the right shoulder and then held in place by a pin. The pleats are tucked in in the back.

Tribal Style

This style is famous in parts of Tamil Nadu, a state in India. Blouse is not worn and a piece of cloth bound over the bust line is taken as blouse. It is draped slightly above the ankles. It is worn mainly by tribal womens.

Northern Style

In this style, skirt pleats and pallu is draped around shoulders, over the chest. End of the pallu covers the bosom.

Kerala Mundu Style

It is one of the most simplest style and my favourite. It has two different pieces. One piece is worn as the bottom part and the top portion is used as pallu.

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Types Of Saree Draping

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Sari is traditional Indian wear, worn all over India, in different styles. It is a long piece of cloth measuring between 1.5 to 5 meters. It is made of different raw materials (cotton, silk etc.). sari is one of  the oldest type of costumes worn in world till date. I am briefing about types of saree draping below such as traditional and new ways of draping sari. It also depends on texture of your sari , style of blouse and drape. You can try any style. The best part is, sari can be worn at any occasions, it may be traditional ceremonies, festivals, party or wedding.

Traditional

The easiest and frequently worn. Sari is draped once around waist with pleats are formed and tucked in middle facing left. The other part of  cloth is slung over left shoulder. It covers lady’s torso. The top part called pallu is pleated, pinned neatly to the shoulder or can be left open.

Nivi

 In this drape style sari is pleated in front facing the left. The pallu is worn over the left shoulder.

Bengali Drape

 In this  sari draping styles, sari is draped without pleats. Sari is wrapped around waist then drawn back to the right side of pallu is slung over left shoulder. Then it is pulled up from under right arm. Then slung it over left shoulder. To add more attractions an ornate key bunch is attached at the edge.

Maharashtrian Drape

 In this style, sari is worn without petticoat. A part of fabric is  tucked between the legs to divide them. It resembles a dhoti style. The pallu drapes the shoulder / is used to cover the head.

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Saree Draping

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Sari Draping

Ganesh Chaturthi the much awaited festival in Maharashtra is arriving this weekend. Many of you must be busy with its preparations. In this blog, I will guide you, on how to wear a saree in traditional way for  festival occasions. Perfect saree draping is not easy especially for beginners. It may be south Indian, Bengali, North Indian, Gujarati, Sindhi, etc. all apply one general method. Note there are different fabrics of sarees ( Banarasi, silk,  Georgette , net, chanderi chiffon satin, crepe, crepe silk, fancy fabric, manipuri silk, tissue, velvet, viscose, etc.) with different style of sarees e.g. lehenga saree, designer, ready pleated,  butterfly, pallu churidar suit, etc. and different ways to wear it. Saree draping is an art. initially you may find it difficult but with practice and patience you can master it. As said above in India people of different caste and religion are there. There are more than 100 type of draping styles. one can write an entire book on it. In coming posts, I shall reveal some selected and famous saree draping styles. You can find draping styles as per different religions, contemporary, Bollywood styles.

Given below is DIY guide for wearing a saree :

Three main things you require Saree, petticoat, blouse. First, unfold the saree and place it on a open space.

Then prepare few pleats and tuck the plain part of saree inside the petticoat. Check twice, that the end is properly tucked with  lower ends are up the floor.

Then drape the saree around waist once so that long piece is on front side. (Note : there are different draping styles which I will show you in later posts).

Make a number of layers of pleats, minimum seven to maximum ten, at the end which is close to waist at equal length later tuck them in the petticoat near waist (a little left of navel).

Wrap saree around waist from left to right then confirm you are holding the top of saree.

Then raise saree to shoulders to the right arm over left shoulder getting back saree to knee length, i.e. the loose end called pallu.

Now you are ready. This simple saree wearing technique can be worn on any occasion depending on your selection of saree.

With the changing times, clothing has also changed significantly. Especially in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur etc. designer and ready stitched costumes are finding place. But still today in rural areas people are sticking to their traditional roots and clothing. That’s it folks for now, more will follow.

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