Handloom was the leading line this month at the design house of Ekru. And when we say design house, all means Ekru has transcended into more than fashion. From their heritage three-floors boutique to being trend influencers in this city and fashion weeks, Ekta Jaipuria and Ruchira Kandhari stirred all emotions within the city women a special event – ‘A soiree of Sarees’ – the Magic of Folds and the star guest was Dolly Jain; an award-winning and record-holder drapist from Mumbai. This event, besides being an ode to femininity, it evoked a sense of eternity. “The rectangular unstitched format of the sari allows for individual creativity,” says Dolly Jain. Dolly also showed different ways to wear a saree on palazzos, lehengas and dhotis. We don’t need a new saree for every occasion, we just need to team up separates and re-imagine our silhouettes.
BlabberCat, the exclusive blogging partner, chose her favourite 7 looks for you to try out for yourself.
Anti-fit blouses and asymmetric lines of crop tops are the trends to watch out for this festive season. And festive season we just don’t mean weddings; think garden parties, pre-wedding luncheon and sunset dates. Traditional fabrics and designs are making a comeback in the younger generation with hand-embroidery intertwined into timeless handlooms. “Sarees are the most worn fashion piece in this country. For our new collection we wanted to bring forth the flavours of other states with different styles of embroidery, colour and dyes. We have introduce hand-woven sarees that can be teamed up with anti-fit blouses which not only camouflages the body flaws but also gives a streamlined look,” said designers Ekta and Ruchira.
Collect the top of the pallu in your hand in a pleat format and tuck it at the back, and then reverse the other end and tuck it as well.
Tip: Put a pearl in your safety pin to avoid the saree getting stuck in the circle and damaging it.
If the blouse is too thin, put a bandage on both sides before pinning the pallu.
Petticoat should always be on the right side because on the left there is an acupressure point which gets pressed overtime you bend.
The basic and the most traditional style. Though all the saree lovers are well versed with this style, they sometimes don’t know what to do with the extra fabric left at the pleat. The trick is to take out the first pleat and take the entire length and tuck it in together.
Tip: Leave ample amount of space at the back for free movement and neatness in drapes.
Saree on Skirt
Make the pallu first and throw together the pleats.
Tip: For thick fabrics use a hair straightener once your pleats are ready to iron them and smoothen all of it neatly.
Best suited for half-and-half concept saree. Start with tying a knot with the sarees end which helps in achieving a long cowl at the back. And then do double pleating for a structured look in front.
Two sarees together
Tuck in each long pleat; half pleat in front and back. First step is to double divide then box pleat and then you get the scowl.
Tip: What’s the best way to take off your saree? Open your string and drop the petticoat down and then take your own sweet time to open the pins.
The most modern style of draping is this hip-hop style that brides are crushing over for reception, cocktails etc. It gives a nice shape to your body
Tip: Best completed a waist band.
Just like Navadi, even Bengali drape starts at the back. Take it very loosely, this saree requires no pleats. Hold it backwards just below the princess line. Place the other end on top of the first pally if only 1 border is visible. Pin the other end on the other shoulder. In case your blouse embroidery needs to be shown then take the other end in your hand.