Sari is one of the most traditional outfits worn by the women in India. It is the most preferred costumes during the wedding. Saree is just not the six yards of cloth to be draped over the body but gives women a modest and gorgeous look to her. India is the country with diverse religions and therefore people. Being the country of varied religions, each and every region has its own style of wearing sarees which have been carried forward for many years. No attire is as simplest yet attractive as saree is. There are many choices of saree say as bridal sarees, heavy work and hand work sarees and so on. Some sarees having heavy work are specially designed to wear during wedding ceremonies. While the sarees with less work and simple design is usually for small occasions. The Indian sarees being light in weight has become a fashion trend these days which consists of numerous bright colours and design.


STYLE OF DRAPING- There is more than 80 recorded ways to wear the sari. The most common style to wear a sari is the wrapped around the waist, with the loose ends of the drape to be worn over the shoulder. However, the sari can be draped in several different styles also such as-

  • Nivi- This style originally worn in Andhra Pradesh; besides the modern nivi, there is also the Kaccha nivi, where the pleats are passed through the legs and trucked into the waist at the back.
  • Bengali and odia style is worn without any plates.
  • Gujarat/Rajasthan/Pakistani- After trucking in the pleats similar to the nivi style. The loose end is taken from the back, draped across the right shoulder, and polled across to be secured on the back.
  • Nepali- Nepali sari is worn in various forms of traditional nivi style, sari are worn with Nepali blouse called a CHOLO.
  • Maharashtrian/Konkani- This drape is very similar to that of the male Maharashtrian dhoti, though there are many regional and societal variations. The centre of the sari (held lengthwise) is placed at the centre back, and the ends are brought forward and tied securely, then the two ends are wrapped around the legs.
  • Madisar- This drape is typical of lyengar/lyer Bramhin ladies from Tamil Nadu. Traditional Madisar is worn by using 9 yards saree.



  • In Bangladesh- Sharee or saree is the national wear of Bangladesh women. Most women who are married wear sharee as an their regular dress while young unmarried girls wear sharee as an occasional dress.
  • In Pakistan- in Pakistan, the sarees are still popular and worn on special occasions. The Shalwar Kameez however, is worn throughout the country on a daily basis. The sari nevertheless remains a popular garment among the middle and upper class for many formal functions.
  • In Sri Lanka- Sri Lankan women wear saris in many styles. Two ways of draping the sari are popular and tend to dominate: the Indian style (classic nivi drape) and the Kandyan style (or osaria in Sinhalese). The Kandyan style is generally more popular in the hill country region of Kandy from which the style gets its name. The Kandyan style is considered the national dress of Sinhalese women. It is the uniform of the air hostesses of Shrilankan Airlines.
  • In Nepal- The sari is the most commonly worn women's clothing in Nepal. In Nepal, a special style of sari draping is called haku patasihh. The sari is draped around the waist and a shawl is worn covering the upper half of the sari, which is used in place of a pallu.
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Virendra Rathore