How to Drape a Nauvari Saree

Sep/06/2022 / by Team SEEMA
Marathi Style Saree
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The Nauvari saree is a popular Maharashtrian women’s saree, often worn by brides during their weddings to give them a stunning and sophisticated look. Here’s a guide on how to drape a Nauvari saree.

To get the ideal Nauvari saree draping appearance, the traditional manner of draping a Nauvari saree calls for a 9-yard (8.23 meter) silk saree.

Maharashtrian Saree Draping

The Maharashtrian saree drape has a whimsical element that sets it apart from other saree types. It elongates the form, helps one to walk quickly, and enables them to sit comfortably on the ground or do any amount of labor. During the Great Famine, it is thought that women in the state began laboring on the farms with their spouses, and the sitting caused them to tuck the saree down between their legs, thus the fashion.

Maharashtrian saree types are popular for traditional events such as festivals and weddings. This section will demonstrate how to drape a Navwari saree in various fashions.

Peshwai Nauvari Saree – The Peshwai Nauvari saree is a classic silk saree draping technique. The basic drape style of the brahmin version of the Nauvari saree is very similar to that of the normal Nauwari saree. The only distinction is that the zigzag Peshvai saree style uses silk to contrast the borders. For Marathi weddings, women choose to wear a Marathi-style saree.

Dhoti Saree – To get a classic style, all you need is a gorgeous waist belt — kammarbandh. The aesthetic is also influenced by legendary films from South Indian cinema, such as Bahubali.

Brahmini Nauvari Saree – These sarees are usually cotton silk or cotton. The saree is draped in the Single Kashta tuck behind manner. In films like Bajirao Mastani, we’ve seen famous Bollywood stars adopt this look. The most excellent illustration of this technique is the Pinga Dance saree draping. The only variation is that after tucking the Kashta, the saree takes a different stride. The front drape features a large cowl with a tucked border on one side.

Marathi saree draping – This Maharashtrian saree design is a modernized variation of the classic back dhoti appearance. Although it appears to be quite elegant from the front, it appears to be a standard saree drape from the back. Choose a saree in plain maroon, dark green, or purple with both large stripes and a golden narrow zari border on the pallu to appear classy.

The Kashta Saree– Women used the kashta saree draping in battles and under the Maratha era because they wanted comfort when fishing or horseback riding. Cotton sarees are ideal for Kashta draping, which requires a firm texture and a breathable fabric for day-to-day use, whereas ladies wear silk materials for festival wear.

Different Kashta Styles

1. The Single Kashta has just one border visible on the rear.

2. The single Kashta with no pleats- The Kashta is drawn and tucked instead of pleated at the fold, as in the first type.

3. The Double Kashta – The back of the drape has two borders. We lift the edge from the top and keep it in place, revealing both side borders and tucking it in the back.

Steps on How to Style a Maharashtrian Saree

1. Keeping the pleats a little to the left of the center and facing the left-hand side, tuck them in at the waist.

2. Pick up the sari’s open edge and make 5–6-inch pallu pleats over the whole width.

3. Turn the pleated drape in front, under the right armhole, and to the left of the front shoulder.

4. Then, fold it in half with the bottom drape in the middle of the lower edge’s mid pleat. Pulling it up from the rear mid, pushing it between the two legs in a tidy form.

5. Tuck the border edge in the waist center of the petticoat while keeping it in the front view. It promotes greater mobility and a dhoti appearance.

A Must Try Stunning Modern Saree Draping Styles

These days, saree-wearing styles are pretty popular. Party sarees, wedding sarees, and even high school and college saree days are all possibilities. There are several methods to wear a saree suitable for each lady. Regardless of their age, women can wear a sari for nearly every occasion.

Here is a list of trendy Nauvari saree styles to enhance your appearance.

1. Wearing a saree with a kurta/top

This can be used to complement one’s style. Pair your saree with one of your favorite casual shirts. To your party saree, add a sheer decorative shirt top. If you’re wearing kurtas, a saree with a Kurti drape appearance is simple to attain. Any style of your choosing may be mixed and matched until it appears harmonious.

2. Lehenga Choli with Saree Draping

This style has developed from traditional South Indian wedding styles to today’s trendy bride looks. Overlay your silk lehengas with thick silk sarees.

Draping a saree with palazzosInstead of a petticoat, wear the saree over Palazzo pants. This is an edgy design that suits women who prefer classic aesthetics. The saree will appear different if you choose your Palazzo pants in different colors, styles, and widths. For a party-ready appearance, drape a flowing saree. For a formal office appearance, pair a half-pant saree with a palazzo. The sari, in this case, might be made of cotton or cotton silk.

3. An Indian saree with a belt

Wearing a saree with a belt has been popular for over a decade. Nonetheless, it remains popular and is unlikely to go away any time soon. Invest in those beautiful wide leather belts or metal belts.

4. Saree in Bengali Style

This is a West Bengal traditional saree style. For Puja and weddings, women might wear a red border white saree. The saree in Bengali style has a contemporary spin to it.

5. Half Saree Look with Dupatta

To give your sarees a fresh style, choose a dupatta from silk dupattas, velvet, or pashmina stoles. It adds eccentricity to a standard saree drape by giving it a double pallu appearance and a half saree look.


What is a Marathi-style saree called?

A Marathi-style saree is another name for a Nauvari. It has a long history, and the fundamental idea behind its creation is the most freeing sensation anyone can ever experience. Due to its nine-yard length, the saree is called a Nauvari.

How can I wear a Marathi-style saree step by step?

1. Maintain the saree’s position behind the individual. Tie a dual knot between the saree and the waist just over the navel by passing one end over the right waist and letting some cloth slack.

2. Make little pleats on the slackcloth and tuck it behind the individual between the legs.

3. Make pleats in the saree’s front length and tuck it in the middle.

4. Make pleats for the pallu by bringing the saree around the waist to the front. Pin it over the left shoulder to keep it in place. The pallu length in this approach is concise.

How many types of Nauvari-style saree are there?

There are several Nauvari-style sarees available today. For example:
• The Kashta Saree
• Peshwai Nauvari Saree
• Sonam Kapoor Dhoti Saree
• Brahmini Nauvari Saree
• Simple Marathi Style Saree


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