Samantha in Saree

Perfecting the Nivi Saree Drape

We all love a perfect sari. The one that flows beautifully, the one that hugs your body in just the right places and the one that makes Eyebrows raise in admiration! You can always see people dancing around with their chosen sarees, or posing for pictures without fail. But what about those who have come to realise that it isn't easy to drape a Saree? Whereas some of the women have mastered the art of draping a saree. Some are still struggling. So, we have come up with this blog post to help you in honing your saree draping skills.


Source: Google


Everyone has their own style and way of wearing a saree. Some like to keep the Pallu open while others want to just pin up everything. Whatever may be your preference first let us see how to drape a saree in Nivi style.

You will need the following:

A Saree

A Blouse

Matching Petticoat/ saree skirt

3 to 4 safety pins

Step 1: First, wear a blouse and a petticoat. The blouse should be well-fitted and have the right length of sleeves. The petticoat/skirt should be long enough to reach your ankle. Set the base of your saree and tuck it into your saree petticoat or saree skirt, making sure it lies flat against your body.

Step 2: Tuck the plain end of the saree into the petticoat at your waist, starting from your right hip and working your way around your back to the left hip.

Step 3: Put the pallu over your left shoulder and gather your saree. Take the remaining saree and make pleats, about 5-6 inches wide, starting from the tucked end of the saree. Once you have made the hip pleats, tuck them into the petticoat at your navel.

Step 4: After you've pleated, make sure the leftmost pleat is to the right of your belly button so that all of the pleats are in the centre.

Step 5: After you've centred your pleats, pin them together and tuck them in.

Step 6: Let's work on the Pallu now. Adjust the length of the pallu. Tuck in any loose fabric, then fan out the pleats on the top half of your body. Pin your pallu to your shoulder and you're done.

Samantha in a Saree

Source: Google

Here are a few ways to ensure that your drape is on point:

*Here is an oops moment-saving tip. Make a small knot of the upper end of the saree before starting to tuck it in. Now tuck that knot inside your petticoat. It's guaranteed that your saree would never come off even if you are running or jumping around in your saree. That knot will help to secure your saree perfectly from any mishaps.

*Many are confused as to where to start the draping from. Keep in mind that you should start tucking in the saree from your right leg.

*You must have seen many Youtube videos where hair ironing equipment is used to make Pallu pleats of saree before beginning the drape. Well, that's a clever hack to keep your pallu pleats in place. Make pre-pallu pleats.

How to perfect hip pleats?

*Making the hip pleats can be a bit tricky. While working on your hip pleats make sure that the pleats come at the centre of the body.

*While tucking in your saree make sure that you are already wearing your footwear. Make it a point that once you start draping the pleats, you can clearly see your toes. It will help you to walk comfortably while moving around in the saree.

*Another thing to remember is to pin the hip pleats to your petticoat or skirt. It will help to keep the pleats in one place. Please insert one of your pic in a saree How to perfect pallu pleats?

*The length of the pallu should be such that it touches your calf muscles. So that once you are ready with the drape your pallu will not be lying around cleaning the floor.

*Pallu pleats should be pinned to your blouse at the back of your shoulder. It will give you a neat look. Don't let bloopers ruin your look! Fix it with a safety pin, and you are good to go.

Chikankari Saree in white and peach


Achieving a good saree drape takes practice and patience, especially for those who are not accustomed to wearing sarees. It may seem daunting at first, but with a little bit of practice and guidance, anyone can master the art of draping a saree.

There are many tutorials available online that can help you learn different styles of saree draping, and it's a good idea to start with the basic steps and gradually work your way up to more complex styles. With time and practice, you'll be able to achieve a beautiful and comfortable saree drape that complements your body type and personal style.

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.