• Anita Badhwar

Say Bye to Saree Anxiety

Updated: Dec 19, 2019

Ever feel anxiety about draping a saree? I have. Despite seeing my mother drape a saree for years, I found wearing a saree challenging and daunting so I avoided it well into adulthood. Until one day, my mother gifted me with a beautiful georgette saree with heavy beaded work and matching blouse. This saree was so gorgeous I made up my mind that I was going to wear it for an upcoming wedding. So I asked a kind friend to help me drape the saree. This, I knew, was a temporary solution, and I would have to eventually learn how to drape a saree myself. So before this holiday season started, I made a trip back home and on my visit started Saree Lessons 101 with my mother. It took a few tries to get the hang of it. When I returned from my visit, I watched YouTube videos as a refresher - just to make sure that I did not forget the steps.

Here are some takeaways/tips that I learned from this experience:

  • Ask a relative or friend to teach saree draping. FaceTime is a wonderful technological device that can be very helpful in connecting with someone who can show you how to drape a saree step by step.

  • YouTube videos are very helpful. In particular, I found Dolly Jain's videos to be very useful because she is detailed in her explanations about saree draping. Dolly is recognised worldwide, for her notable drapes for her niche clientele, including an impressive list of names from the Indian film industry and industrial families. Check out her videos by clicking here

  • Safety pins are your friend! Pins can be used to help secure the saree as you make your way through the draping process. I have learned that pleating the pallu that goes over the shoulder and then pinning it helps keep the saree in place.

  • Some material is easier to work with. I learned that some material, such as georgette is easier to work with than a heavier silk saree. I think my favorite material to work with is georgette, plus I love the elegant and slimming look.

  • Beautiful results. As with anything, learning something new can take a lot of practice and patience, but once you get comfortable with draping a saree, the results are beautiful.

I hope you find these tips useful and that they will help readers overcome their saree draping anxiety. Now that I've mastered basic saree draping, I am looking forward to learning and experimenting with new styles.

Thanks for reading!

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