A pattu saree is a silk fabric, traditionally draped on the bodies of Indian women to achieve a fully dressed look. Women wear the saree in different ways in different parts of India. If you have been invited to an Indian wedding and want to acknowledge this ancient art, go for the Nivi style of draping, which originates from the Andhra Pradesh area and is the most popular way to wear a saree.
Put on a full-length drawstring petticoat and tie it tightly around your waist. Put on a tight-fitting blouse that comes to just under your bust. Wear the shoes you are planning to wear to the wedding, so that you can determine the exact length of the saree.
Tuck the plain end of the saree into the waistband of the petticoat, working from left to right until the entire waistband is covered. Check that the lower end of the saree skims the floor.
Hold the top edge of the saree (known as the pallu) and wind it around your hips until it is at the front of your body. Drape it over your left shoulder, letting it fall behind you down to knee level.
Make seven to 10 pleats in the saree, starting at the tucked-in end. Make each pleat around 5 inches deep. Hold the pleats up together and tuck them into the waist, just to the left of the belly button. Check that the pleats turn towards the left.
Arrange the pleats on the pallu and pin them together on the left shoulder to prevent them from falling off.
Add a bindi to your forehead and some Indian jewellery to complete your look.
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- Add a bindi to your forehead and some Indian jewellery to complete your look.