Know Your Saree


There’s more to the versatile saree than meets the eye.

“What type of saree is this?” is a simple question that saree wearers are often asked, but the answer isn’t always so straightforward.

In general, saree is a length of fabric that ranges between five to nine yards (4.5 to eight metres). This length is wound, pleated and tucked in various types of drapes, depending on regional preference.

The most common style is the Nivi drape, which has pleats running down the length of the leg, tucked in at the midriff, and a sash that crosses the front of the body from the right hip to the left shoulder.

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