How To Wear A Saree

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How To Wear A Saree

Long lustrous black hair flowing till the hips, big bold eyes with heaps of kajal, sensuous curves along the waist and her heart like the Bengal White Tigress – that’s precisely what describes a Bong Beauty! Bipasha Basu in real life to Vidya Balan in Parineeta, Sharmila Tagore to Tanuja, be it the Divas of the bygone bollywood era or the current heartthrobs, Bengali women have always continued to win a million hearts in the industry and otherwise. Parineeta re-ignited the Bengali saree draping style in a brand new avatar. What was more of a rural practice in the outskirts of Kolkata, has now caught fire among the Urban style Divas as well. This draping style looks more gorgeous than it ever has with all the extravagant and plush fabrics like Dhakai Jamdani, Baluchari and more. Wear this look to a grand occasion and/or festival gatherings. Learn how to drape your saree in the Bengali style with these easy to follow steps.



1. Slip the saree along your waist in the petticoat; start with the area near your naval and go left, take a 360 degree round and come back to the naval area from the right.

2. Drape the remaining saree all over again to half your left. Make a fold and tuck it at the back (towards the left, near your waist).

3. Take the rest of the saree to your right along the front side so that it crosses the folds in the front. This time, take it towards the back, on the right side and tuck it near your midriff.

4. Drape the remaining saree comfortably along your bust; make neat pleats and rest them on your left shoulder. Pin the pleats on the shoulder along with the blouse. The border should hang down to the left side of your knee.

5. To give your look an authentic Bong look, get hold of a bunch of keys (You can find gorgeous key rings used by the Bengalis to tie to the pallu of their sarees. You can find them in silver and/or any other metal) and tie a knot with the key ring and your pallu (anchal). Take the corner of the pallu to which the keys are attached, comfortably from underneath your right hand and then, you can let the pallu fall along your right shoulder to your back.



Alternatively, you can watch this video and give it a try. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work out the first time.


How To Drape A Saree in Bengali Style


Sarees perfect for Bengali Draping Style: Ikkat sarees in cotton, Dabu Print sarees in cotton, Bengal Tant, Dhakai Jamdhani, Dhonekhali sarees, Chanderi cotton sarees, Baluchari, Gard and Korial silk sarees. You can get a lot of these sarees in our Festive Speical Sop and Heritage Boutique: Ethnic Shop.



Sarees not fit for Bengali Draping: Bandhej sarees, Leheria Sarees, Net sarees.



We love to experiment with every look possibly available under the bright blue sky and so should you. Go ahead, give it a try. We bet you would love it! For sarees, women’s wearaccessories and more visit our Style Shop.  SHOP NOW!!!






October 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Thanks for this helpful post. Many ladies want to wear sari but they don’t know how to wear and which style suits them.


    October 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    True that! Draping a saree perfectly can be quite a challenge. Keep coming back for more style alerts and your daily dose of fashion!! XOXO


October 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Thanks for sharing draping saree in Bengali style. I think there are many ways of wear Saree. It depends on the liking of the women who is wearing sari. Stay beautiful with the sarees.


December 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Thanks a lot, for explaining the technique of Bengali saree draping technique.

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