May 1 marks Maharashtra Day and is also called May Day or Labor Day. The Maharashtrian saree draping style is very distinctive, Kaashtha saree is a traditional Maharashtrian style of saree draping, which is very similar to the way the Maharashtrian dhoti is worn. The word Kaashtha refers the the way the saree is tucked at the back like a dhoti. Since this way of draping is done using nine yard saree it is called Nauvari. In Maharashtrian culture this attire holds utmost importance, though in the modern days you only get to see this style of draping at religious and cultural events. (ALSO READ Malaika Arora Khan rocks sexy upcycled Patola saree! 10 times the diva wowed us in ethnic wear).
The draping of Nauvari though seems tricky, but when done right it looks extremely beautiful and gives you an ultra-feminine look. This Maharashtra Day if you wish you embrace the traditional Maharashtrian style, we are here to help you with this simple style-guide to drape the Nauvari saree. Here is a step-by-step guide to wear Maharashtrian style Nauvari saree. (ALSO READ How to wear a saree? Step-by-step guide to drape a saree the right way)
STEP 1: Use a traditional silk cotton saree and blouse, and instead of wearing an inskirt (petticoat) wear stretchable shorts for comfort.
STEP 2: First wear the blouse and make sure it fits perfectly. Take the saree and take one end on the right side to make a double knot right over the navel. (ALSO READ How to flaunt a traditional Kerala look )
STEP 3: Take the pallu on your left shoulder, wrap it around and bring it staright down under your right shoulder.
STEP 4: Tuck in the saree and then take the front length loose fabric and start pleating neatly into small sections. Once you are done with the pleats, to secure them hold it into a bolster so that all the pleats are tucked in firmly.
STEP 5: Leave off what you have of the pleats out in the front, grab the centermost pleat between the legs and tuck it in behind. (ALSO READ 3 ways to wear a traditional Kerala saree).
STEP 6: Take the portion of the saree near the feet and fold it into a layer in such a way that the border of the saree can be seen out in the front.
STEP 7: Secure the pallu with a pin over left shoulder, the Nauvari style saree draping has a really short pallu length.
Wear the saree with traditional jewelry like the nath, Kolhapuri Saaj, gold choker also known as Thushi, arm band also known as Vaaki and heavy bangles called Tode to match with the traditional look. Pull back your hair into a bun and acccesorise with flowers to nail the look.
You can take a look at the video below in case you need any guidance, or if you cannot understand the above mentioned step-by-step guide to drape the Nauvari saree in traditional Maharashtrian style.
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