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How To Wear a Sari

Sari can be formal or informal, depending on how they are wrapped.  For casual attire, people usually wear durable, washable fabrics.  For work, it's a good idea to wear strong cotton or linen.  For cold weather or formal occasions, many wear silk or a blend.

It's important that if you'll be walking around outside or around machinery or cars, that you make sure that your sari is not dragging the ground, and that no ends are danging where they can get caught in things.  Some people have gotten hurt or had their clothing damaged from carelessness.

Always fold your sari neatly when you are storing it.  If you don't have room to dry it laid out flat, then feel free to fold it into an accordian-like square, and let it dry over a drying rack.  If you dry it in the electric dryer, fold it this way and pin the corners so that it doesn't turn into a big wrinkled ball.

After drying like this, take the pins out and re-fold it.  If it will be in a dresser full of other things, put it in a bag between a couple of books to keep it flat.

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A sari is a draped garment commonly worn in India and other parts of south Asia.  It's worn different ways depending on a person's ethnicity, occupation, and personal style.  In India, it's usually 6 or 9 meters of unstitched fabric with a pallu (decorated end).

There are legends about the sari.  Ideally, it is supposed to be woven in one piece, and one shouldn't sew any part of this.  However today, that ideal is seldom adhered to, and many sari are cut from a longer bolt of fabric, embroidered, and hemmed.

Sari are traditionally worn by themselves, or with a choli and petticoat.  If a saree is sheer, it should be worn with a petticoat or at least tights or something.  There are so many ways of wearing one that it's impossible to list them all.  You may even invent your own.  It's amazing what you can do with 6+ yards of fabric.  On this page, I'll attempt to feature some of the styles that are in fashion today, and not limited only to a particular ethnicity.

How To Wrap a Sari, Nivi Style

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Put on your choli and petticoat.  It is best to wear a petticoat that has a drawstring, so you can control the tightness.  It should not be too tight.  There should be enough slack that you could put your hand in it at the waist.
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Tuck a little of the long side of the undecorated end into your petticoat.  Wrap the sari around yourself from right to left.
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Bring the longer end in front of you to your left hand, and make 5-7 large pleats against your body.
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Tuck the pleats into your petticoat, and then continue to wrap the rest of the saree around yourself.
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Toss the pallu end over your shoulder.

Now you're wearing a sari.  You can bring the pallu over or under your other shoulder, use it as a veil, or tuck it into your waist, according to your personal preferences.

There are many other styles though.  See below for more styles.

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