How To Wear Nauvari Saree- Traditional Types of Nauvari Saree Draping

How To Wear Nauvari Saree- Traditional Types of Nauvari Saree Draping

The Nauvari saree holds tremendous cultural and traditional significance in Maharashtra. The word nauvari translates to nine-yard saree where nau means nine and var means yard. The saree when worn symbolises empowerment, bravery and strength of the Maharashtrian women to take up both traditional and modern roles while being intact with their deep cultural roots. 

There is nothing like the captivating beauty of a Nauvari saree. Elegantly draped around the waist, its majestic nine-yard fabric exemplifies the exquisite blend of elegance and tradition. Embracing Maharashtra’s rich cultural heritage, the Nauvari saree expresses regal presence, intricate borders, and vibrant colours captivating hearts with its timeless allure and leaving a lasting impression every time it is worn.

There are different nauvari saree styles that you can try to drape the saree in different ways for a refreshing and unique traditional nauvari saree look. Read further to learn how to wear a nauvari saree and the different types of nauvari saree draping styles to embody the rich Maharashtrian culture and historic identity. 

Marathi (Nauvari) Style Saree Draping 

Traditional nauvari saree look can be created in just a few simple steps if you can spend a few minutes reading about the nauvari saree draping style. Here are the steps to create a Maharashtrian nauvari saree look easily:    

1. Grasp one end of the saree with your right hand, and pull it over your right waist leaving some fabric loose.

2. Double knot the loose fabric in between the saree, over the navel, and across the waistline.

3. Bring the remaining piece of loose fabric (now in front) between your legs, toward the back. Tie this fabric in small pleats and tuck it in behind. Make sure it is securely tucked in.

4. Now make around 4-5 pleats with the saree’s front length, starting from the right. Just above the double knot, tuck these pleats in the centre. Cover the tucked pleats with the fabric from right to left around your waist.

5. Pleat the pallu with the remaining fabric at the front and secure it safely with a pin. 

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Different Nauvari saree draping styles

Peshwai Nauvari Saree

An especially opulent and royal variation of the Maharashtrian nauvari saree is the Peshwai nauvari. In the Peshwa era, it was worn by female royalty in the Peshwa court to reflect their status and elegance. With its rich fabric, detailed designs, and elaborate embellishments, the Peshwai Nauvari saree stands out from the rest of the types of nauvari saree.

How To Wear Peshwai Nauvari Saree

1. Tuck the saree, slightly towards the left side, into the front of your petticoat, after pleating it to your desired width.

2. Using the remaining length of the saree, pleat the pallu and make sure to secure it with a pin on your left shoulder.

3. Bring the loose end of the saree around your waist from left to right, and tuck it into your right side waist.

4. Make sure that the pleats and fabric at the front are arranged evenly and secured in place.

Contemporary Style Nauvari Saree

This contemporary style of draping a nauvari saree is widely referred to as the Dhoti style for its distinctive type of nauvari saree draping. The relaxed and effortless vibe of this draping style makes it stand out. In contrast to other Marathi-style saree draping, the Dhoti-style saree does not require an underskirt underneath it. It is comfortable to wear with slacks or pants as it allows you to move comfortably. In terms of style, it is one of the most popular nauvari saree draping styles with women who prefer a relaxed and more contemporary and modern nauvari saree look.

How To Wear Nauvari Saree In Contemporary Style 

1. Firstly, drape the saree around your waist, leaving a one-yard length on the left side. Tie the remaining fabric around your waist in the middle, leaving a yard on the left. Place the lower end between your legs at the back.

2. In the untied portion on the right, make five to six pleats, facing left, and tuck them in the middle.

3. Make four to five pleats on the pallu and secure the pleated end with a safety pin. Bring the pallu to the front, pass it through the back, and drape it over your left shoulder.

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Lavani Nauvari Saree Draping Style

A Lavani saree drape style embodies an energetic and captivating interpretation of a Maharashtrian nauvari saree, specifically associated with the Lavani dance form. Typical of Lavani Nauvari sarees are their vibrant colours, bold patterns, and elaborate embellishments, evoking the spirit of this folk dance and exuding a sense of beauty. Their elegance and timeless beauty make them one of the most popular types of nauvari saree. 

How To Wear Lavani Saree

1. Bring the saree to your right side by tying a tight knot at the extreme right of the waist.

2. Create the pallu by wrapping the saree around the body. Like any other saree style, pleat the other end of the saree and pin it to the shoulder.

3. Create multiple pleats of at least three inches in width on the front. Pin the leftover length to the remaining pleats.

4. Pin up the drape over the pleats from the back between the legs.

5. Make pleats with the width of the centre pleat from the front, then tuck it in between your legs.

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These different and unique types of nauvari saree draping might take a few failed attempts to master the art of nauvari saree draping but the effort is worth it. The enchanting beauty of the traditional Maharashtrian nauvari saree cannot be emphasised enough. Remember that practice makes a man perfect. Follow this step-by-step tutorial and express your style with the traditional nauvari saree. Don the nauvari saree look by embracing the beauty, grace and resilience of Maharashtrian women throughout history. You can try the different types of nauvari saree draping with any saree of your choice for that matter. The breathtaking visuals of Kanjivaram and Banarasi sarees, the timeless beauty of Silk and Georgette sarees, and the elegance of Chanderi and Cotton sarees are all great choices to ace the traditional nauvari saree look. 

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