How to Wear Nauvari Saree for Lavani

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How to Wear Nauvari Saree for Lavani

Lavni is one of the most popular folk dances in Maharashtra. It has typical music and a set team that includes one or two main dancers, four to six supporting dancers – including a eunuch – and two or three musicians with the most important, dholki-wala – a percussion instrument player. Lavni songs are usually erotic and the costumes worn by the dancers are exotic. All dancers wear nine-meter sarees, called nauvari, which are worn in a typical manner.

How to Wear Nauvari Saree for Lavani

Nauvari saree also used to be the traditional Maharashtrian dress worn by married and unmarried women, though for the past two generations, normal sarees had taken its place in the culture. However these days, ladies wear it for fashion in various functions and marriages and it looks really good!

How to Wear Nauvari Saree for Lavani   Nauvari sarees can be made of cotton or silk or any other material, but what categorizes it as ‘nauvari’ is the way it is worn. While usual sarees require one to wear a petticoat underneath, nauvaris don’t. Petticoats are nothing but plain, full-length in-skirts that give a saree footing at the waistline. To keep the saree in place at the waist, one needs to tuck the saree inside a petticoat. However, in case of a nauvari saree, one does not need anything, but one can wear stretchable shorts or three-fourths inside for comfort. Here’s how you drape it:

  1. Wear a blouse but skip the petticoat, as the saree will be tied in trouser style. You can wear stretchable three-fourths inside if you wish.
  2. Identify the pallu as the one with heavy design or different colour, and keep it to your right side.
  3. Run the saree along your back so that one yard of the non-pallu end is to your left, while the rest of the saree is to your right.
  4. Tie a double knot at your navel so that there is 1 yard of untied saree to your left and rest of the untied saree to your right. (The knot shouldn’t be too tight, but should hold the saree in place all day long.)
  5. Let’s first deal with the untied yard-length saree on your left. Pick that end up and make 5 to 8 pleats along the breadth. (Pleats are nothing but folds. Making pleats takes practice as the pleats keep slipping through the fingers. Try to use your thumb to keep the pleats in place.)
  6. Place your feet apart and pull these pleats from between your legs to the back and tuck them in at your waistline. (Ensure the saree doesn’t ride up your legs in this process.) This should give a pant-like structure to the saree covering your legs at the back. (Try to place the shiny border of the saree on top to make it visible, because it gives a nice look. But it’s ok if you can’t.)
  7. Now let’s turn to the untied saree at your right. Make six to eight pleats along the length close to the knot you tied at the navel.
  8. Tuck these pleats in, over the knot at the navel, so that the pleats are facing left. (While tucking the pleats in, make sure the saree falls an inch above the floor, or you’ll trip over it while walking.)
  9. Spin the saree around your body in clockwise manner once.
  10. Hold up the pallu and make pleats along the breadth of it to be draped over your chest and left shoulder.
  11. Pin these pleats into your blouse at the left shoulder.
  12. Spread the rear end of the pleats over your chest.

The saree should now look like a normal Indian saree on the upper half of your body and like a multi-pleated pant around both your legs, with some more straight pleats covering the front space between your legs. At this stage, the draping of a nau-wari saree is complete. However, there’s a chance that the legs would ride up when you walk, or the pleats in the front get lose. So, as an extra safety measure, you could pin up the individual legs of the saree around your ankles and also put a pin on the pleats in the front. This will ensure that everything will remain in place even if you run or dance all day long in that saree.

How to Wear Nauvari Saree for Lavani

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