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How to Wrap or Tie a Sari - Illustrated Guide

Updated on September 29, 2010

How to wrap a Sari-the traditional way

Step One

First make sure you are wearing a close fitted shirt that goes well with your sari underneath. Most women wear a type of petticoat as well, but I think its possible to go without--especially if you want the cool breeziness a sari can offer. If you do go without a petticoat, make sure you're wearing shorts or underwear with a very strong band because you'll be tucking the sari into this.

Step Two

Tuck the upper edge of the sari into your waistband a bit to the right of your belly button. The bottom should be right at the floor, and if your sari has one decorated side and one plain side, make sure the decorated side is by your feet. Wrap the sari once around yourself, bringing it up and around on your right side.

Step Three

Now begin making 5 to 7 pleats of about 4 or 5 inches, starting at the tucked in side. The first pleat should fall down the center of your body. Line each pleat up in front of one another, making sure they are all even, and adjust it with the bottom edge of your first wrap. Tuck the pleats securely into your waistband, and you can use a safety pin if necessary to keep them in place.

Step Four

Bring the rest of the fabric around yourself again, bringing it up under your right armpit and over your left shoulder.You can pleat it a few times, leaving some fabric to hang a bit over your arm and pinning the pleats in place.

Voila, a traditional Nivi drape!

How to Wrap a Sari Video

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      Maddie Ruud 9 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Great hub. Very clear and helpful instructions. Big thumbs up!

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      Solorya 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks--glad it helps!

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      Hannah 8 years ago

      Veryy NICE, a little hard to understand... but wonderful!

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      AndyBaker 8 years ago from UK

      Great pictures! Very helpful.

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      Solorya 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      slideshow to come soon on this, have to separate the pics...

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      tonyhubb 7 years ago

      Thank you for information , very nice guide...

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      Sandy 7 years ago

      video and picures very helpful, thank you

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      grace 6 years ago

      thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      jaree 6 years ago

      u r guidance steps very nice!

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      Christina 5 years ago

      This is really helpful. Thx.

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      Daisy duke 5 years ago

      This is very helpful thanks so much

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      sanya 3 years ago

      it helpfull

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