How to Wear a Sari According To Your Style


So, you ask yourself how to wear a sari? Since ancient times, Indian women and girls have been wearing beautiful saris.  And many still wear them today, some frequently and others more occasionally.  

Also spelled "saree," this traditional ethnic Indian feminine attire consists of a long, wide piece of fabric that is artfully draped over and around the woman's body. 

Although saris are frequently worn by women in several South and Southeastern Asian countries - including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bangladesh, to name a few - they are most closely associated with Indian women, perhaps because of their long history in that region. 

In fact, historians believe that the sari was first worn in western India thousands of years ago.  The Silappadhikaram and other works of ancient Tamil poetry, along with Banabhatta's Kadambari, a centuries-old Sanskrit work, describe women wearing exquisitely draped saris.

Today, when many Western people think of India, they visualize a beautiful, dark-haired woman wearing a sari.

More To The Eye

The common perception that a sari is solely a form of traditional, ethnic Indian women's attire is perfectly understandable, although saris are much more than that. 

In fact, many Western women are now discovering the true beauty of this type of clothing, and in both the Western world and in India, the sari has become more of a fashion statement than anything else, although many Indian women still wear them as a symbol of pride and as a way to show honor and respect for longstanding traditions.

Western women are beginning to wear saris for both casual and formal occasions, and as a family of Indian descent, we're both happy and proud to see this happening.  In fact, we have dedicated ourselves to bringing the beauty of this traditional form of dress out from Asia and its traditional roots into the modern, Western world. 

But, we feel it's important that women who wear or are considering wearing saris understand the traditional significance, meanings and symbolism behind them.  So, we'll describe how to wear a sari and then explain how these garments can give you an insight into traditional Indian culture.

A Dress For Every Taste and Style

A sari consists of a long strip of unstitched fabric and how to wear a sari is ultimately a question of how to wrap around and over a woman's body in one of several specific styles.  The length of fabric can be anywhere between four and nine yards long, depending on the style. 

Although several styles of draping are possible, most women wrap the sari fabric around their waist and drape the loose end - which is called the pallu and is often gorgeously decorated - loosely over one shoulder.  The other, undecorated end of the sari fabric is concealed because it is inside the wrapped portion.

Sari fabric often features vibrant colors, beautiful patterns and stunning embellishments on the pallu and along the lengthwise edges.  But, because it is, in the end, a simple length of cloth, sari fabric can be draped and worn in several ways. 

How to wear a sari depends on the style you want to show. Some draping styles require longer pieces of fabric than others, and some leave all or a portion of the woman's midriff bare. 

The bare midriff styles almost certainly trace their origins to ancient Hindu religious beliefs.  Ancient Indian traditions and the Natya Shastra (an ancient Indian work which describes clothing and dance forms) consider the navel to be a source of creativity and of life itself, so the midriff is to be left bare when a sari is wrapped.

In ancient India, the feminine ideal involved a small waist but a large bust and hips.  The sari, worn since those times, may be the perfect type of attire to evoke those ideal womanly characteristics because it exposes and emphasizes a woman's waist while the draping of the fabric also emphasizes her bust.

Saris are very versatile, and depending on how to wear a sari, they can be demure or highly evocative.  They can be worn for any occasion, casual or formal. 

They are even becoming increasingly popular as wedding dresses for brides who want to be a bit different and make a fashion statement about their individual sense of style.  Although they are a traditional form of Indian attire, their fluid lines and exotic, exquisite style have enabled saris to carve out a place in modern Western society.

We can help you enjoy the incomparable style and elegance that only a gorgeous sari can provide.  When you wear a sari, you'll also be participating in the fusion of revered ancient Indian traditions with modern Western society.


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How to Wear a Saree - A step by step Guide
How to Wrap a Sari - A Video Guide

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