A brief presentation of Saree Draping

This is the second post of the “Saree History, Heritage, Geography and Draping” series. In the previous post of this series, we have seen an interactive map of India, highlighting the saree traditions of various regions of India. Now, as a continuation to the geography, we’ll see how it is worn in all the different regions of India, the various saree draping styles, and their evolution with time.

Existing Documentation and Reference Material on Indian Saree Draping

As seen before, saree has been there for thousands of years, and the way Indian women wore it or draped it has evolved over time differently in different regions. India is a vast country with a variety of cultures, traditions, occupations, climatic conditions, and terrain. So obviously the dressing requirements of a community would depend on all these factors put together, with an initial condition of a saree. That has lead to an explosion of a lot of various styles of wearing it. Some articles like this say that there are more than 100 ways of draping it. I found the following two books you can go through in order to know more regarding the same.

  1. Saris: An illustrated guide to the Indian Art of Draping
  2. The whole 9 yards: How to wear an Indian Sari

I feel there might be more than 100, but might have not come into the limelight because they are not documented.

Interactive Draping Map

We have tri3d to map the drapes to different regions of India. This is an attempt again, to make this information interactive and fun. In the following map, you can hover on a region, and you can see the different saree drapes from that particular region. You can click on that region for YouTube video links that show the saree draping procedure for those specialties.

Disclaimer: All the material you see on this post has been aggregated from various sources and presented in one place for ease of reference and understanding, more like connecting the dots rather than creating the dots. Almost all the images and videos are the original work of others. We really respect and appreciate the work put in by those creators and this is an attempt to spread their work. A sincere note of thanks from TRI3D! Last but not least, if you find any information presented here to be incorrect, or missing, you can add your suggestion in the comments and we will definitely try rectifying it. Our idea is to make this post as informative, inclusive, accurate, and fun as possible.

Sources Used:
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While the above mentioned are the draping styles that have evolved traditionally over time, there is continuous innovation from the new-age fashion designers, and celebrities in terms of modernizing the saree draping, making it relevant to the current times. It might not be fair to call it an innovation in just draping, but most of the modern drapes are a healthy combination of innovation in the saree type – meaning fabric, patterns, blouse and saree design, and finally the drape! So, let us look at a few such new styles presented in the gallery below – Belted Saree, Pant style, Neck Draped, Jacket over saree, Mermaid Style, Lehenga Style, Tunic Style, Dhoti Style, Prestitched Cocktail, Double Saree, Pleated long pallu.