How to Drape Gujarati Saree

3 months ago / by Habibur Shohon
Gujarati Style Saree
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Sarees are draped in the Gujarati style highly traditionally and exquisitely. Bandhej/Bandhani/Leheriya are some of the classic Gujarati saris tied and dyed. As a result, each item is unique due to the patterns it creates. Silk, satin, cotton, and georgette are the primary fabric choices. Sarees like this are best worn during Indian festivals when there is a lot of dancing. Make the most of the elaborately patterned palus. You can add a touch of Western India to your look by donning a Gujarati-style sari for a perfect occasion outfit. Read on to find out how to drape Gujarati saree

How To Wear Gujarati Style Saree

Gujarati sarees are also referred to as seedha pallu sarees. In contrast to conventional designs, the Gujarati saree is draped in an anticlockwise direction. At the finish of draping, pull the pallu from the rear to the front on the right shoulder, tucking its free-end into the left waist.

Step by Step Guide to Wearing Gujarati Saree

Wearing a Gujarati saree drape is easy for a day-long occasion. When draping a saree in the Gujarati style, keep in mind that the garment will wind counterclockwise around your torso. Additionally, the front pallu is an integral part of Gujarati sarees. Below are the methods for wearing a Gujarati saree.

Step 1: Choose a georgette or chiffon saree to get the ultimate Gujarati style saree draping. Additionally, a saree with an ornate pallu would be the most appropriate for your occasion. 

Step 2: Select a blouse and petticoat that complement your Gujarati saree. You may also choose to wear saree shapewear.

Step 3: Prior to draping the saree on yourself, put on the blouse and petticoat. Keep a handful of safety pins on hand.

Step 4: Before commencing the draping, step inside your heels to assess the space between the ground and the dress.

Step 5: Generally, the pallu has a darker Karigari or a different palette from the rest of the body. Additionally, the bottom section has a stitched fall and fewer decorations than the pallu. Therefore, begin by identifying the pallu and then move on to the draping.

Step 6: Adjust the height of your saree from the ground using the pallu side. Now, from right to left, begin tucking the top border of your saree into your underskirt. Again, avoid repeating the draping of the saree in the exact location.

Step 7: Continue tucking your saree around the waist and returning one full circle to the starting location. Tuck the saree in properly to get the most authentic Gujarati appearance.

Step 8: Now, tuck the saree’s loose end into your left waist, leaving some fabric hanging in front. To create a closely draped effect, pin the section with the petticoat.

Step 9: From the rear, cross the saree’s loose end and pull the pallu to a front on the right shoulder. This is the most distinctive phase in draping a saree in the Gujarati manner.

Step 10: Create tiny pleats (about 4-5) on the pallu and lightly press them to reorganize. During pleating, your saree may tend to slide. Therefore, use the thumb to firmly hold every pleat in place before beginning the next one. Finally, secure the pallu to your blouse with a safety pin.

Step 11: Now, create well-aligned pleats using the untucked front portion of your saree. This section should have box pleats for both grooves. With one hand, firmly grasp the pleats, gently shake them, and straighten them. There are no restrictions on the amount of pleating on the frontal section. Continue in this manner until there are no loosely-hanging pieces of your clothing. Additionally, carefully tuck the whole cloth at the navel.

Step 12: Now is the time to build the evocative seedha pallu. Take the left end of the pallu and wrap it securely around your bust. Adjust the length of the pallu and tuck and pin the left end if necessary. Ideally, the pallu should stay above the knee at all times.

Step 13: If you’re not a fan of the traditional seedha pallu appearance, affix the pallu’s left end to your left shoulder. In contrast to the conventional style, the pallu will remain on your shoulder (rather than your waist), resulting in a trendy dupatta look.

Step 14: Examine yourself in the mirror and note any flaws. There may be sections where the cloth is too loose or has wrinkles. You must adequately repair them before wearing the Gujarati saree out.

Step 15: If any sections seem disassembled or disorderly, you may add more safety pins to give them a finished appearance.

Step 16: The pallu is sufficiently heavy to distort the remainder of the saree. Therefore, if you are attending a lengthy function, I recommend using three to four pins to fix the pleats effectively in a Gujarati saree.

How Should a Gujarati Saree Be Accessorized?

Gujarati sarees are primarily gold in color. Thus, golden jewelry complements traditional Gujarati sarees best. You may emulate a West-Indian lady by wearing Kundan sets or traditional Gujarati jewelry. Additionally, you may mix and match various jewelry items to create a detailed look while wearing a Gujarati saree.

Gujarat has a wealth of style and flair to offer. It provides an array of distinctive sarees and simple seedha pallu methods for all saree enthusiasts. You may upgrade an average appearance and seem even great in a Gujarati saree with a unique combination of creativity and design knowledge. Whether you wear a Gujarati saree in a traditional or contemporary manner, you will appear equally attractive and gorgeous in such a unique draping. To a beginner, the Gujarati saree may seem tiresome. However, with experience, carrying a Gujarati saree becomes quite manageable and straightforward. It gets much easier to wear a saree like this if you understand the distinction between the ordinary and a Gujarati saree.

FAQs

Which saree is famous in Gujarat?

The most renowned silk saree varieties in Gujarat are the Leheriya and Bandhani sarees.

How can I wear Gujarati style saree step by step?

This procedure calls for a chiffon or georgette saree. 
Ensure you thoroughly tuck the non-pallu end of the saree in on your right side before bringing it around your waist to the back and tucking it in.
Bring it back to the front and tuck it on the left side of your waist with some extra cloth. Then, bring the sari around the individual and get it back to the front.

Pallu pleats should be kept to a minimum and pinned over the right shoulder, flowing from back to front, for a more contemporary look. Instead, pleat it and place it in the middle. You can neatly drape by attaching pins to the back whenever necessary.

How do you tie a Pallu in front for a Gujarati saree?

The pallu is pinned to the right shoulder, then extended over the bodice, with the left corner tucked into the petticoat.