The onset of October brings with itself a fresh spirit of Autumn festivities. As soon as this festive month dawns in, the “Pujo Asche” excitement in me rises exponentially. It is a consequence of this very excitement that made me write this post. Pujo is all about embracing that traditional side of yours in a fashionable way. Ashtami morning “anjali” in a sari, pandal-hopping with friends, late night addas in the “pujo-mandap”…the list goes on and on.
Bengal is no doubt extremely rich in its culture. Its rich heritage can be reflected upon by its fashion, the signature style being the “Saabeki” or the “Aat Poure” way of draping a sari. Fashion in Bengal underwent a revolutionary change during the Bengal Renaissance, under the influence of Jnanadanandini, who belonged to the renowned Tagore family. She gave Bengal the gift of draping the sari in a way suitable for a woman to step outdoors gracefully. It was under her influence that women started wearing stitched blouses under a sari. It wasn’t until recently that the trend of the present way of draping the nine feet beauty became popular. Till then, women stuck to the traditional way, teamed with elaborate blouses.
The traditional Bengali way of draping a sari has always intrigued me. So I decided to learn how to wear it. After hours of trials and errors and a few sessions by some extremely helpful ladies, I finally mastered the technique. Believe it or not, it is one of the easiest styles of drape. Follow these few easy steps and soon enough, you’ll find yourself transformed into the Princess of Bengal.
- Step 1: Wrap the sari around your waist in an anti-clockwise manner, once, tucking small parts inside the petticoat.
- Step 2: Take around half foot of the sari from that point and tuck it straight, fold and tuck the same amount reverse in front. Repeat it again
- Step 3: Now take that long part of sari that’s left and place it over your left shoulder, pleated neatly.
- Step 4: Bring the other end from behind, under your arms and place the end on your right shoulder.
This look needs to be accessorized heavily. Here, I’m wearing heavy kundan jewellery from Anjali Jewellers.
You could carry an embellished purse or a “batua”. Adding a bunch of keys at the end of the “pallu” over the right shoulder would perfect the look.
For the final touch, keep that gorgeous smile on, and stay stylish. Do not forget to leave your comments and suggestions.