How To Properly Drape a Saree

Diwali is here! Learn how to properly drape a Saree with this guide.

The style and fabric of a Saree, as well as the way it’s worn, varies between different regions and traditions. The word comes from the Sanskrit root, Sati, “garment” or “petticoat.” It can be worn on a daily basis and can be grander for festivals and weddings.

3 Different Saree Looks 

There are three types: Traditional, Gujrati, and Modern Pant Suit. But the Pallu can be switched up. There are over 100 ways to drape a Saree.

What You’ll Need:

  • Crop top or blouse
  • Underskirt
  • Saree
  • 3-4 pins
  • Belt (optional)

Step 1: Take one end of the Saree and tuck it into your underskirt, flat

Step 2: Turn and tuck until you come back to your belly button

Step 3: Find the other end and take it around the back and gathering all of the fabric, place it over your left shoulder

Make sure that the Pallu hits your ankle.

Step 4: Take the edge that is closest to you, pull it tight and bring it around your body to the front. Use a pin to secure it on your right thigh

Step 5: Pleat the extra fabric by guiding the fabric between your pinkie and thumb. Place pins through all of the pleats

Step 6: Pleat the Pallu in the same manner as done for the bottom half of the Saree. Then, pin the Pallu to the crop top, behind your shoulder


Significance of Colours 

Saree colours signify beliefs in culture and religion.

  • Brides wear RED when they get married, as it’s a sign of fertility.
  • White symbolizes purity.
  • Yellow is for prosperity.
  • Green denotes Nature and Godliness.
  • Black looks amazing but may not be worn on auspicious days.

Cultural Appropriation versus Cultural Appreciation

Cultural appropriation is showing up at a Halloween or Toga party and acting as if the culture is a costume.

It’s always the intention that matters. When you’re appreciating culture, you’re feeling beautiful and embracing a cultural tradition. As well, you’re willing to respect the culture by educating yourself on the norms and traditions.