How to wear a pre-stitched saree

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How to wear a pre-stitched saree
It is now easy to put on and wear an Indian sari. (temple hindou image by photlook from

The sari is a long, brightly coloured fabric that Indian women traditionally drape around their bodies. Putting on, pleating and draping the traditional sari may take up to 10 minutes, but you may experience difficulty in getting the sari draped so it looks right. Pre-stitched saris cut down on the amount of time it takes to put one on.

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Things you need

  • Full-length mirror
  • Petticoat

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  1. 1

    Stand in front of your mirror and put on your petticoat. This is a separate slip that provides coverage, as the sari may be made from a sheer material.

  2. 2

    Connect the first hook at the end of the sari to the right side of your waist. Bring the sari in front of you and connect the second hook, located in the centre of the waistband, to the left side of your waist.

  3. 3

    Move the long end of your sari to your back and bring the fabric back all the way around your waist. Drape the long tail over your left shoulder. As you bring the long tail over your shoulder, allow the lower edge to fall over and cover your left arm. Using your fingers, create gentle folds in the fabric resting on your shoulder.

Tips and warnings

  • Wearing a pre-stitched sari is very easy, since you don't have to worry about making even pleats in the waist area. Because the pleats are pre-stitched, you won't have any bunching around your waist.

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