Types of Saree Draping Styles

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Saree is beautiful attire that can be worn with different draping styles as per the comfort of an individual. The draping is commonly influenced from the regional wise embellishment of sarees. Cultural, historic and environmental impacts are visible in the draping style of saree in Indian society.


The draping styles of saris differ regional and community wise. Women have so many options to wear saree. Saree is usually tied with a string and at times to petticoat. Draping style in Northern India includes skirt pleats and the end piece of the attire covers the breasts of women. The most popular of saree draping styles are Orrisan, Bihari and Gujarati. The Bengali draping reflects the replica of Dravidian and Northern styles.
Nivi Draping Saree
Common Draping Styles of Sarees:

Though there are plenty of draping styles, they have something in common across most of the tribes. The Deccan draping styles of saree have 'nivi' alteration with different regional wise names. On the other hand South-West Deccan styles are unique names. The 'nivi' draping style is very famous among middle and urban women. Tamils also like 'nivi' style of sari.
Kachchha Style Saree
The 'kachchha' style is also well-known type of draping mainly used in South India. In this type of draping the sari is tucked between the legs. Kachchha drapes is little difficult and requires lengthy cloth. As nivi drape is easier than kachchha drape, people prefer nivi drape more often. And kachchha drape is considered occasionally on wedding and parties.

Kachchha draping style is linked to Maharashtra and can also be seen often in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. In South India Kachchha draping style is common in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Dravidian Style Saree
Dravidian style is another commonly draping style of saree. The type of draping is very common in Bangladesh, West Bengal and Ganga region. It comprises the characteristics of both North and South India. Women of tribal communities living in North-East India like to wear Dravidian style of saree.

Traditional Way of Draping:

The way in which saree is worn is also traditional. From top to the bottom the body is covered with the saree in a well-fitted pattern. Northern Indian draping style of saree involves the end piece coming at the front over breasts. West Indian draping style where Muslim influence is a lot women cover their head from their saree’s end piece.