Love Sarees but Dread Draping A Saree? Let Us Help!


Our saree draping style mostly is influenced by the state or region we belong to. You must have noticed this during weddings. Women at a Gujarati wedding look totally different than at a Bengali wedding. This holds true even if two women have to wear the same saree.

There are endless ways of wearing a saree. However, before we proceed, let us also remind you about the two essential pieces of clothing which completes your ethnic ensemble. They are:

  • A petticoat, which is a long skirt like garment, tied around the waist with a drawstring. It is necessarily of the same color as the saree and is hidden as the saree is draped over it in a way that no part of it is visible. Exception: If you are wearing a net saree or any saree which is made of a transparent material, you may choose to wear a contrasting petticoat.
  • A proper fitting saree blouse of a color matching the saree, ending below the bust. It can be long or short sleeved or even sleeveless.

The conventional way of wearing a saree:

  1. Initially you have to tuck the sari around your body starting from the navel you go left, adjusting the saree according to your height, you finish when you have made one full circle.
  2. Next to measure the length of the pallu, you have to hold the top edge of the saree and wrap it around your hips and bring it to the shoulder, and let it hang up to the back of your knee.
  3. Then take the portion left around your waist and start-making 7-10 neat pleats from left and tuck it down onto the waist petticoat.
  4. Similarly now take the pallu and wrap it once again on your shoulder making neat pleats there as well. Pin it up properly on the left shoulder so that it stays in its place.

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The look of the Indian Woman is complete when bindi and proper jewelry is added to this saree.

Various ways of draping a saree:

The draping styles of a saree vary according to the different regions of India. It is estimated that there are nearly 80 different styles of draping a saree. Some of the most popular ones are:

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Gujarati Style Saree Draping: This style is predominantly found in Northern India, like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, and is called the ‘seedha pallu’, as the saree and its pleats open to the right unlike the usual way. The pallu here comes from the back over the right shoulder and then it is stretched across the chest and the left end of the pallu is folded in the petticoat at the back.

Maharashtrian Style Saree Draping: This is an 8 meters long saree unlike the normal 5.5 meters, where a portion of a saree goes between the legs and is put in the back of the waist, and the other portion becomes the pallu over the bosom. This allows movement more freely as it acts as a divided saree.

Tamilian Style Saree Draping: This saree is also similarly long like Maharashtrian style of 8 meters, which is draped around the waist with the pleats inclined towards the left side. The portion left is taken over the shoulder, is once again wrapped around the waist and inserted on the left side.

Bengali Style Saree Draping: The Bengali saree is worn without pleats, as it is draped around the waist, brought back to the right side and the pallu is thrown over the left shoulder with a bunch of keys attached to its end. This pallu is then passed under the right arm and thrown over the left shoulder again. Basically, it can be said only two big pleats comprises this style. To get the apt Bengali look you can wear ballooned or puffy sleeve blouses.

Dravidian Style Saree Draping: This is nothing but pleated rosette, at the waist, which is worn by women of Tamil Nadu.

Nivi Style Saree Draping: This style of Andhra Pradesh is held in place by the folds into the petticoat, leaving the pallu hanging over the shoulder. If wearing ‘Kaccha Nivi,’ you have to pass the pleats between your legs and tuck it into the back of your waist.

Coorgi Style Saree Draping: Here you have to tie the pleats into the backside and a small portion of the pallu is placed above the shoulder.

Gond Style Saree Draping: This is just the opposite way of draping the saree where the first part is wrapped over the shoulder and then the rest is set to cover up the body.

In Awe of “The Cannes Film Festival”



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All good things must come to an end. It’s that time again. That time when the last of us still left in Cannes pack our bags, grab a final dinner and drinks with friends, and head to the airport. We’ve reached the end of the 12 days of the Cannes Film Festival.

These are the moments that define our lives. The people we meet, the events we attend and choices we make, the films we see, the discussions we have, the outcome of all this intensely focused passion for film. What cinema has taught us is how invaluable connections are, and how important genuine relationships are to life.

Cannes is a place where everyone willing to fall in love with film. All because we love what we do, all because we love telling the world about films that move us, entertain us, frustrate us that leave us excited for the future of cinema. Nothing can compare to Cannes and the global experience it provides, the good days and even the bad. Hope it will help to inspire others to pursue their passions and love film the way all of us do.

Here’s the complete list of films at 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

• Young & Beautiful (dir. François Ozon)
• The Past (dir. Asghar Farhadi)
• The Congress (dir. Ari Folman)
• The Dance of Reality (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky)
• Inside Llewyn Davis (dir. Coen Brothers)
• Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (dir. David Lowery)
• Jodorowsky’s Dune (dir. Frank Pavich)
• Behind the Candelabra (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
• Bastards (Les salauds) (dir. Claire Denis)
• Only God Forgives (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
• All is Lost (dir. J.C. Chandor)
• Like Father, Like Son (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda)
• Nebraska (dir. Alexander Payne)
• Blue is the Warmest Color (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
• Only Lovers Left Alive (dir. Jim Jarmusch)

The 66th Cannes Film Festival had Indian stars and celebrities shining! As this prestigious festival celebrated the 100 years of Indian cinema, the big wigs from Bollywood including Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar were there to make India proud internationally. Not just their presence, but their work spoke volumes and that is why they deserved to be there. Although there were many other Indian celebrities that were also present, we have our own favorites.

Here’s a look at the top Indian celebrities presented this year.

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58th Filmfare Awards 2013


Alia Bhatt in a Manish Malhotra lehenga at the Filmfare Awards 2013

Alia Bhatt in a Manish Malhotra lehenga at the Filmfare Awards 2013

The Oscars of Bollywood, the 58thFilmfare Awards was recently held in Mumbai and we saw the pretty ladies of Tinsel town sashaying down the red carpet looking their best. The night saw a mix of Western as well as Indian wear.
Looking drop dead gorgeous was Chitrangda Sinha who took the traditional route and donned an Anand Kabra creation of yellow and gold. The youngest debut of this year, Alia Bhatt opted for a Manish Malhotra design and she carried the look quite well. Vicky Donor fame Yami Gautam was seen a stunning Tarun Tahiliani designed corset dress which was structured like a lehenga in champagne gold.
Vidya Balan continued her love for Sabyasachi by yet again wearing his design. Aditi Rao was seen a metallic grey sari while Di aMirza donned an ivory colour anarkali by Gaurav Gupta.

Best Actor Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi)
Best Actress Vidya Balan ( Kahaani)
Best Film Barfi Best Director Sujoy Ghosh (Kahaani)
Best Screenplay Sanjay Chouhan & Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar)
Best Story Juhi Chaturvedi (Vicky Donor)
Best Supporting Actor (Male) Annu Kapoor (Vicky Donor)
Best Supporting Actor (Female) Anushka Sharma (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)

If you want to look like your style icons, then send us a picture of the sari or suit you like the best and we will design a customized sari especially for you.

Femina Miss India : Judge Panel


Pantaloons Femina Miss India was a glittering event with the celebrities from Bollywood, TV, high society and the world of fashion present.

The esteemed panel of judges included people from Bollywood such as Ekta Kapoor , Sonam Kapoor , Sonali Bendre , Sonu Nigam , Rohit Shetty , Sakshi Tanwar . Other judges included Sanjiv Bajaj (MD of Bajaj Finservices) , Harbhajan Singh ( Cricketer) and Raghavendra Rathore ( Designer).

While the 20 finalists were the attraction of the night, our lady judges from the B- town were no less. It was pleasant to see these gorgeous ladies dressed in Indian ethnic wear.

For Ms. Sonali Bendre it was a Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla golden anarkali salwar kameej. She looked absolutely stunning and carried herself with great poise and elegance. Sakshi Tanwar also opted for a golden color saree. What came as a surprise package was Ekta Kapoor who was dressed in a tube saree blouse with a red saree.

Performers for the night were Ali Zafar , Mika Singh , Nargis Fakhri and Gurmeet Chowdhary along with others.

Sareez love it when our stunning ladies from the glamour world go all ethnic . Sarees and salwar suits are the best attire for all body types and we assure you , you would be the centre of attraction if you get decked up in ethnic wear in any occasions. With the wedding season going on , do not forget to browse through our wedding collection to get the best for yourself.

The Balaji Global Indian Films and TV Awards 2012


One more addition in the names of awards night this year was the Balaji’s Global Indian Film & TV awards held at Filmcity by Ekta Kapoor ‘s production house. This award show celebrated not just the best in cinema but also television talents of 2011. It was truly a star studded affair with our B- town divas looking scrumptious in Indian as well as western wear. Some of the ladies who rocked it in Indian Ethnic wear are Priyanka Chopra , Zarin Khan and Vidya Balan to name a few.

While still in a Sabyasachi creation , Vidya gave us a new look in a hot pink and black saree. The border of the saree had embroidered sequins buttons which was paired with designer quarter sleeves saree blouse. We totally loved the way she draped it. Priyanka Chopra looked breathtakingly gorgeous in a beautiful gold designer shimmer faux saree with lace saree border. It was paired with a designer cut sleeves saree blouse. She got thumbs up from our side for her prefect look right from the tikka to her hair to her accessories.

Zarine Khan adorned a beautiful red designer embroidery shimmer faux georgette saree, embellished with patch and gold lace border work paired with designer saree blouse. Zarine Khan is our favourite when it comes to someone who can carry a saree quite well and this time was no exception . Jiah Khan looked stunning in a beautiful silver designer embroidery shimmer faux georgette saree with sequins buttes and border work paired with designer embroidered sleeveless saree blouse . Divya Dutta and Tulip Joshi also made an appearance in a Saree.

Sonali Bendre once again was an epitome of elegance in a peach colored suit by Shantanu and Nikhil. Shazahn Padamsee opted for one of Anita Dogre’s floor length salwar suits and looked pretty as always. Others to make an appearance in salwar suits were Farah Khan , Shreya Ghosal and Priyanka Oberoi.

And when it comes to the host for the evening it was a lehenga in fuchsia and gold. While we loved the lehenga yet it seemed a little out of place for an awards night , would have preferred to see her in this in a wedding maybe. Yet that minor glitch apart , she looked quite cute and different from her past appearances.

You can watch the whole show when it airs April 15th on Colors.

57th Filmfare Awards 2012


Red Carpet of a Award function is no less than a Fashion Show and this Filmfare Awards was one spectacular show. Through the years, Filmfare has become the most awaited event while the Bollywood film fraternity as well as the audience look forward to this night of nights. The Bollywood beauties once again showed their preference for Indian ethnic wear over western wear. We at Sareez are delighted to give our customers a range of choice to get their custom sarees made taking inspiration from this Red Carpet.


Our favourite was Deepika Padukone who showed up in a a sheer peach Anamika Khanna Saree. This wonderful piece of creation had short sleeves silver tissue saree blouse accented with floral crystal appliqué , matching the appliqué adorned saree. We were confused between Raveena and Madhuri as they both made a statement with their selection of saree . Raveena adorned a hot red plain saree with lace border which was paired with designer short sleeves saree blouse. As for Madhuri , hers was a white saree which had a gradation of grey with thick border and a maroon coloured saree blouse. We loved her , what about you?

The industry’s hottest pair of sisters made an appearance together and they both looked gorgeous in a saree. For Karishma it was elegant Manish Malhotra Saree number with designer sleeveless saree blouse. The saree itself was embroidered shimmer with studs an red lace border. Kareena was also in a Manish Malhotra number.

Sonali Bendre and Dia Mirza gave us somewhat similar looks and both looked pretty . What we love about Dia is she always carries herself with great panache. Both were wearing a white number with plain border and paired them up with elbow length saree blouse. Sonali was in a Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla design while Dia wore a Anamika Khanna Saree.

Other who made an appearance in a saree were Vidya Malvade , Vidya Balan , Udita Goswami , Aruna Irani , Usha Uthup ,Sara Jane Dias , Rekha and top notch models Alecia Raut and Deepti Gujral.

Bollywood Apsara Awards 2012


vidya balan in sabyasachi mukherjee saree at apsara awards 2012Just one word , WOW…. Apsara awards 2012 left us speechless when the entire Bollywood beauties turned up in traditional Indian attire. While some sticked to their trademark style , others went ahead and did a fabulous job. An award function’s red carpet is no less than a Fashion Gala when these beautiful girls left no stone unturned to give their best.

Out of all the ladies draped in a saree , our favourite was Anushka Sharma who looked a stunner in a Sabyasachi saree. It was a half net , half velvet saree with golden borders. She teamed it up with a full sleeves black saree blouse with heavy work. Priyanka on the other hand kept it simple in a plain white saree. Amisha Patel looked hot in a net black saree with halter neck saree blouse.

Although Vidya Balan was as usual in a Sabyasachi Mukherjee but it was way different from the sarees she had been wearing lately. It was a pretty designer embroidery saree with short sleeves saree blouse in round neck pattern. Sameera Reddy looked elegant and chic in a silver designer embroidery shimmer faux georgette saree with mirror and embellished border work paired with designer embroidered sleeveless saree blouse. This saree was a number by Falguni and Shane peacock. Other ladies who made an appearance in a saree was Mahi Gill , Divya Dutta and Ragini Khanna.