Sari Instruction

What is a Saree?

5 ½ metre long unstitched, draped female garment. or Saree: Indian women’s main garment of wear, composed of at least five yards of cotton, silk, or material of a synthetic nature wrapped round and tapering down the lower part of the body, one end of which is slung round the shoulders over a tightly-fitting bodice of cotton or silk, often displaying an empty midrift space.

Saree: a dress worn primarily by Hindu women; consists of several yards of light material that is draped around the body.

A Saree (also spelled saree) is a garment worn in special folds by a large number of women in India.Saree or Saree is anglicized Tamil word Selai referd as early as in the oldest Tamil epic Cilappatikaram . It is usually 5-6 yard of unstiched cloth worn over a blouse that comes a little below the breastbone, and a petticoat as a lower garment beneath the drape.

How to wear a  Sari?


A part of the secret of the sari is the “Undergarments” - waist to floor length petticoat, tied tightly at the waist by a drawstring. (No elastic, please!) And a tight fitting blouse that ends just below the bust.




Starting at the navel, tuck the plain end of the sari into the petticoat for one complete turn from right to left. Make sure that the lower end of the sari touches the floor.

  STEP 3+4

Beginning from the tucked-in end start making pleats in the sari, about 5 inches deep. Make about 7 to 10 pleats and hold them up together so that they fall straight and even.

  STEP 5

Tuck the pleats into the waist slightly to the left of the navel, and make sure that they are turned towards the left.

  STEP 6

Drape the remaining fabric around yourself once more left to right, and bring it up under the right arm and over the left shoulder so that it falls to about the level of the knees.

  STEP 7

The end portion thus draped is the palaver, and can be prevented from slipping off by fixing it at the shoulder to the blouse with a small safety pin.