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The Various Draping Styles of Kanchipuram Sarees

April 4, 2012

Kanchipuram sarees originated from a city in India where weaving is a long time tradition. Famous for their Kanchi silk sari, their masterpieces feature colored threads and striped pallus. Just like all kinds of sarees, Kanchipuram saris are draped in a variety of ways on the female body.

The Nivi style of draping is the most popular in all of India. This style of draping Kanchipuram sarees is commonly worn in the west and is utilized with the use of a long sari, creating 7 to 9 pleats on the front waist. The pallu of the Kanchipuram saris are then draped over the shoulder and is made to hang at the level of the waist. Overtime, a number of variations have been made with this style of draping but there are still those who stick to the traditional.

Most fitting for lighter saris, the Kaccha pants style of draping Kanchipuram saris is a modification of the traditional style that was used in Maharasthra. This makes use of a sari that is at least nine years long since it aims to create numerous pleats. This kind of draping is worn without the need for a petticoat as this will already form a look that makes it look like pants. This is created by passing the pallu of the Kanchipuram sarees through the legs to the back.

Kerala mundu makes use of two pieces of Kanchipuram saris to achieve this look. Kerala is the place where this way or wearing saris originated, while the term “mundu” means towel in Malayalam. This draping style goes way back into the tribal times of old India and is worn in so many ways than one.

Commonly worn by the old and traditional village women of Calcutta, the Bengali style of draping Kanchipuram sarees features two large pleats on the front with a pallu that is wrapped twice. Traditionally, In the olden times, the pallu is weighed down with the use of a house key. Today, other trendy objects can be placed on the pallu of the Kanchipuram saris to keep it in place.

The Kappulu style of draping Kanchipuram saris shows off graceful pleats on the back. The pallu is arranged in such a way that it features pleated arcs and is passed twice around the woman’s body. this style will have to make use of long Kanchipuram sarees so that it can effectively be wrapped around the body properly.

Tamil Pinkosu is one beautiful draping style for Kanchipuram saris that features a rosette-like design on the back of the wearer. The term “pinkosu” means pleats on the back and is one of the most unique draping styles for Kanchipuram sarees. This can be worn without a petticoat, making it fit for warm weather months.

Today, Kanchipuram saris are draped in many more ways as more and more people create variations of the traditional draping styles. These traditional saris of India are now making waves in the various parts of the world. The rich materials and designs of Kanchipuram sarees never failed to emphasize the curves of a woman.


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