May 26 2017
Wear your favourite saree in Bengali style this wedding season
The fashion world is spreading its wings every minute. But the 6-yard-long unstitched fabric which we call saree is still an irreplaceable fashion statement for many Indian women.
You could create various style statements by wearing a single saree in different ways. Among them, have you noticed the unique way the Bengali beauties wear their sarees (mostly a white saree with vibrant red borders)?
The most famous saree varieties from Bengal are Jamdani, Korial, Tussar silks, Garad, Murshidabad Silk, Baluchari, Taant etc and the Bengali women wear these sarees in a distinct style which gives them a more resplendent look.
Most Bong brides usually prefer a Benarasi saree in the shades of maroon or red. But they prefer to wear the saree in a different and unique way than the rest of the brides. To get a much clear picture remember the women folks in Devdas and Parineeta. The way they have draped the sarees in these movies is quite different from the usual over the shoulder drape we follow.
The quintessential white saree with the deep red or maroon border worn by most of the Bengali women is called ‘Korial Lal Paar’. It is usually worn during special occasions or festivals, especially during Durga Pooja days. During the Durga pooja days, a visit to West Bengal will be really interesting as you could see thousands of women at the temples attending the festivities wearing this style of saree.
It may resemble that of a Garad sari, but Korial sarees have a deeper hue of red and much stronger colours in it. Many Bengali women can be seen selecting a Korial saree for their weddings also.
Here is how you could achieve this beautiful look without much difficulty.
Start by tucking in your saree from the area below your navel at the right side of your waist now take a full round your hips and bring it to your left hip. Next, make a single broad box fold and tuck it at the front. The pleat fold should come on the right.
Make sure the pleat is in level with the ground.
Now take the remaining saree and pleat it from both the ends and use cloth clips to clip the pallu. Make clean pleats and drape it over your left shoulder and it should touch the ground.
Arrange the front of the saree that it also touches the ground. Once you have settled the pleats neatly pin it on the shoulder and remove the cloth pins.
Next, pull the right border of your saree over your chest and pin or tuck it at your right hip. Now tie a bunch of ornate keys at the end of the pallu. Bring the key attached pallu to the front and flip it over your right shoulder and arrange your front pleats properly and you are ready to rock this style.
A long or three-fourth-sleeved blouse would look great with this look. As the saree borders are displayed prominently in this draping style try to select a saree with beautiful and elaborate borders.
You can experiment with this style for a wedding or even for a special family occasion. Accessorise this look with antique gold jewellery and a big red bindi and you are ready to rock the look.