How To Wear A Saree In Bengali Style
Bengalis are very fond of wearing sarees and that is not a secret anymore! In fact, a typical image of a Bengali beauty is one in saree (preferably a white saree with borders in vibrant red, thanks to the portrayal of Bengali characters in Bollywood movies or the silver screen!). But the truth is that, Bengalis love to experiment with sarees in various shades, colors, textures and designs. Some of the most famous sarees from Bengal are the Tant, Daccai Jamdani, Dhonekhali sarees, Shantipuri sarees, Tangail sarees and silks like Garad, Korial and Baluchari. For Bengali brides, however, the Benarasi in shades of red, maroon and purple, is the ultimate choice! In this article, as you must have already understood by now, I am going to tell you about the ways in which you can wear saree like a Bengali and pair accessories in a way that is quite popular with the culture.
How To Wear Saree in the Traditional Bengali Style- The Steps:
If you have watched Devdas or Parineeta, you already have an idea about what is meant by the traditional Bengali style of wearing sarees. With little folds and pleats, this style requires you to tuck the saree in the perfect way! Here are the steps you need to follow while draping your saree in this fashion:
1. Tuck the saree along your waist in the petticoat; start with the area around your naval and go left, take a full round and come back to your naval from the right.
2. Now, cross the remaining saree all over again to your left, but this time, you should not take a full round as you did in step 1. Make a single fold and tuck it at the back (towards the left, near your waist).
3. Now, take the remaining saree to your right by taking it along the front side so that it crosses the folds in the front. This time, take it towards the back, on the right side and tuck it near your midriff.
4. After tucking it, take back the remaining portion of the saree and drape it comfortably along your chest; make clean pleats and rest them on the left shoulder. Pin the pleats along with your blouse on the shoulder. The border should hang down to the left side of your knee at this point.
5. Now, to bring in that Bengali Zamindari flavor, get hold of a bunch of keys and tie a knot with the key ring and your pallu (anchal). As per convenience, take the pallu corner to which the key is attached, comfortably from underneath your right hand and then, you can let the pallu fall along your right shoulder to your back. Alternately, the pallu can also fall carelessly to the front along your right shoulder.
How To Wear Saree in the Traditional Bengali Style – Tips:
• A little bit of imperfection in the pleats is desired as it helps to add an extra charm to the whole look.
• Try to wear a blouse with longish sleeves. A three-quarter sleeved blouse also looks great! A blouse with short sleeves is also permissible but make sure that it is not excessively short or without sleeves.
• While draping saree in this traditional style, go for a saree that has beautiful borders.
• If you are married, you can add to your Bengali appearance by adding on Shankha (Conch bangles) and Pola (Coral bangles). A big red or maroon bindi will complete the look.
How To Wear Saree in the Modern Style Like a Bengali:
The traditional way of wearing sarees by Bengalis is now a thing of past. In present times, this is restricted to the whims of Bengali ladies for some family weddings, Durga Puja (the Bengali version of Navaratri) and other such special occasions. As you already know, the cultural influences and western influences are as much on Bengalis as they are on the beautiful women (even handsome men!) of other nations and states. So, the modern look of Bengalis in sarees is very much akin to what we understand to be the concept of wearing sarees. I do not think I need to elaborate on the steps involved therein, do I?
Here are a few ideas which would help to transform this universal Saree-clad look into Bengali flavor:
• If you are attending a function, try to pair golden jewelry since Bengalis are in general, fond of gold.
• For casual occasion jewelries, go for something simple but elaborate.
• A big round bindi is always filled with Bengali flavor.
• You can pair your saree with jute slippers and bags!
P.S. This article contains a generalized idea of the Bengali look and style, ideas of jewelry and accessories and of Bengali bridal appearance. It is a Bengali girl writing about the Bengali way of wearing sarees to give out some comprehensive information about the Bengali style. Hope you enjoy my post!
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