Different draping styles for silk sarees

Saris are timeless. They are not defined by seasons. In India, we do not have a ‘changing’ sense of fashion. This is so because of the variety of draping styles that exist and the kind of fabric we have available. We are spoilt for choice. A simple change in draping style can make the sari seem completely different, and hence can be repeated multiple times. Here are some of the draping styles you can dabble with.

Seedha pallu:

A regular saree draping style in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, this saree drape looks like a lehenga choli where the saree pallu is used instead of the dupatta. It allows tremendous freedom of movement and works very well for heavy sarees where the shoulder does not have to bear the heavily worked pallu's weight. The pallu in the front is fine to demonstrate the complexity.

Coorgi style:

Coorgi style finds a mention in Kaveri and Agastya's popular story. This draping style evolved to help women from Coorgi lead an active life— climbing on a daily basis the hilly slopes of the Western Ghats and trees. Traditionally, this style is combined with a long-sleeved blouse. The end of the saree is put under the left shoulder and locked in the right shoulder.


This drape is worn primarily by Narasannapalle, a village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, the Golla (shepherd) and the Gudati Kapulu (agriculturalist) communities. Although the drape starts as a standard Nivi drape, they are wrapped around the body once the plates are made and tucked at the waist instead of the front end.


A very important part of Tamil Nadu's Iyer and Iyengar heritage, the Madisaru has historically been worn by women after marriage. But today, on special occasions and festivities, this saree drape is sported. When worn properly, one of the hardest ways to drape does not require the use of a blouse or a petticoat.


The Namboothiri is the oldest remaining of a saree worn in Kerala that used to cover only the body's lower part. The Mundum Neriyathum is a Mundum or lower garment combination with the Neriyathum or upper garment. The latter is tossed over the left shoulder or tucked inside the blouse.


One of the saree draping styles that are most familiar is the Bengali style. Unlike the modern saree on the front, it has a box plow. The pallu comes on both sides from back to front. A bunch of keys is usually attached to the pallu that is tossed over the right shoulder.

Lehenga style:

The lehenga style drape is good-looking and easy to ace as all you have to do is keep folding the whole 6-9 yards. Of course, with some left for the pallu.

Front Pallu Style:

This is the easiest one. Instead of taking over the pallu to your left shoulder, you carry it from the back to your right shoulder. While the Gujarati style includes spreading out of the pleats, you can choose not to as well.

Nivi drape from Andhra Pradesh:

One of the saree draping styles that is most popular is the Bengali style. It has a box plate at the front, unlike the modern-day saree. The pallu appears on both sides from back to front. A bunch of keys was usually attached to the pallu that was tossed over the right shoulder.

Gol sari:

Throughout festivals, most Parsi women wear the simple but elegant Parsi drape, and even on a regular basis. After the Saree Perawan ceremony, which is a rite of passage ceremony, Parsi women begin to wear a saree. For this drape, most women in Parsi choose a light chiffon or georgette saree. Called a Gara, the pallu is draped over the blouse and taken from behind.

Kerala Settu mundu style:

In this draping theme, all the borders are beautifully shown. It's kind of half saree. Separate pieces are the top and bottom components.

Mekhela chadar:

Assamese handloom sarees are called Mekhela chadar, and only these sarees are draped in this particular style, hence the name. Worn by Assam's young girls, there are two parts in Mekhela chadar. On the bottom, one piece is worn like a sarong with crisscross plates in front, while on the left side, one end of the second piece is tucked around the waist and the other end wrapped like a shawl on the back.

Nauvari saree:

There is a unique style of draping a saree in Maharashtra, called Nauvari (nine-yard saree). It is worn like a dhoti, with one end going back and forth between the legs, then tucked around the waist, while the other end or upper part is draped like a normal saree. Maharashtra's folk dance, Lavani, best demonstrates this saree-draping Nauvari theme. This particular style not only makes women look elegant, but it also allows easy movements of the legs.

Silk sarees are always inevitable when it comes to any festival in India. there are many draping styles available in India that can define the beauty of Indian women. Apart from this, there are too many modern draping styles. We hope you can benefit from this article.