How to Drape Bengali Saree in 6 Simple Steps

Bengali women are always praised for unmatched styling especially with their preferred attire, the traditional sarees. The authentic image of Bengali beauties that is always visualized in mind is simplicity draped in rich silk brightened with broad borders and complemented with heavy jewellery and red bindi ( a red dot worn in the center of forehead). A replica of this Bengali fashion is well presented in the popular Indian movie Devdas by the leading actress Aishwarya Rai wherein she plays the role of Bengali bala Paro.

Bengali sarees are not only popular among the Bengali clan but it has cross borders to reach the hearts of many. Available in multiple styles namely, Tant, Daccai Jamdani, Dhonekhali sarees, Shantipuri sarees, Tangail sarees and silks like Garad, Korial, Baluchari and not to forget the authentic Banarasi , the Bengali sarees  brings in versatility with grandeur, classiness and ethnicity. The combination of white sarees with red borders coupled with golden jewellery is a common view in Bengal in festival time especially in Dusshera or “Bijoy Dashami”, as popularly called in Bengal. What more enhances the look of the Bengali ladies is the unique draping style of Bengali sarees , that makes it look so authentic  and elegant.  The traditional style of draping in Bengali is termed as “aatpoure” which means eight folds.

Wearing a saree in the traditional Bengali style is quite easy in compared to other popular styles from other states of the country. Its looks magnificent and it is extremely comfortable too even f worn for long hours. Here is a step to step guide towards Bengali saree draping

  1. Draping starts from the right side of the waist. Keeping the bottom border almost grazing the feet, at an even level although, circle the saree from right to left in a full circle and tuck the same in the waistline. The fabric should lie perpendicular to the waist.
  2. Then keep wrapping the cloth in a specific manner forming pleats. This can be done by pulling in the cloth from left to right and again from right to left forming clear pleats of the saree.
  3. Repeat at least twice the last process to form sufficient pleats. The pleats will come in the front, so tuck in the cloth to the waistline accordingly. The length of the pleats should graze the foot similarly as the first fold. The pleats should be big enough so that it falls straight from hip line down.
  4. The next step is to make the pallu pleats making a deep U on the front side and placing the long pallu on the left shoulder.
  5. Now place some antique silver key ring on one corner of the pallu.
  6. Bring the same to the front underneath the right hand and place that on the right shoulder. The Bengali traditional look is ready

Bengali sarees looks classier with gorgeous three quarter sleeves blouses though short sleeves are also permissible. Thick broad borders look good with this style of draping. So choose accordingly and bring n some new essence with the age old style.

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