At least part of the secret of draping the sari perfectly are the “underneath” garments – a waist-to-floor length petticoat, tied tightly at the waist by a drawstring (No elastic, please!) along with a tight fitting blouse that ends just below the bust – short sleeved or sleeveless, with a variety of necklines.


Starting at the navel, tuck the plain end of the sari into the petticoat for one complete turn from right to left. Make sure that the lower end of the sari touches the floor.

Beginning from the tucked-in end start making pleats, about 5 inches in width. Make about 7 to 10 pleats and hold them up together so that they fall straight and even.

Tuck the pleats into the petticoat slightly to the left of the navel, and make sure that they are turned towards the left.

Drape the remaining fabric around yourself once more left to right, and bring it up under the right arm and over the left shoulder so that it falls around the knee-level.

The end portion thus draped is the pallav, and can be prevented from slipping off by fixing it at the shoulder of the blouse with a small safety pin.