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Query from: pankti, India, 03/09/06
Topic: FASHION      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: How to drap a nauvari in Lavani dance

I want to wear 9 yard sari for Lavani Dance.So please give me detail steps for draping NAUVARI sari for LAVANI DANCE as shown in MARATHI Movies.

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Response from: Usha Gurnani,   
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Nivi – styles originally worn in Andhra Pradesh; besides the modern nivi, there is also the kaccha nivi, where the pleats are passed through the legs and tucked into the waist at the back. This allows free movement while covering the legs. Maharashtrian/Kache – the sari is draped like the male Maharashtrian dhoti. The center of the sari (held lengthwise) is placed at the center back, the ends are brought forward and tied securely, then the two ends are wrapped around the legs. When worn as a sari, an extra-long cloth is used and the ends are then passed up over the shoulders and the upper body. http://www.arikah.net/encyclopedia/…

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Response from: Badshah .,   
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Dear pankti, http://www.targetwoman.com… The Maharashtrian nauvari style of draping a saree involves wearing the nine yards of fabric in a style that is traditional to the region. In Tamil Nadu, certain sections of society wear the nine-yard saree in a wrap around style sans pleats 1. Tuck the plain end of the saree into the petticoat and continue tucking till you take a complete turn from right to left. Adjust the lower end of the saree to the height required. Ideally wear your footwear so that you drape the sari to the right length. 2. Create pleats with the sari. About 6 – 9 pleats would do with most saris. Here it is essential to see that the pleats are even and fall straight. 3. Tuck the pleats into the waist petticoat, taking care to see that the pleats are turned towards the left. 4. The remaining portion of the saree must be turned once around the body and then draped over the left shoulder. 5. Arrange the pleats on this part of the saree and then pin them up on the left shoulder to prevent the pallu from falling off.

Before draping the saree, ensure that you wear a well-fitting blouse and petticoat. Do not wear a flared petticoat. Getting a fall stitched on the saree bottom ensures a better drape. While some women prefer to wear the top portion of the saree loosely over the shoulder and allow the rest to fall gracefully, others pin up the front pallu in pleats for a neat look. Use a pin to secure the pallu on the blouse to prevent the sari from falling in front.

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