How to wear a saree?

I tried explaining one of my friend what a saree means and how to wear it:

Saree is a 6m long and 1m wide drape with beautiful weaving, stones
and embroidery, which Indian women wear. First you wear a blouse and a petticoat.
Then wrap 3 meters of this cloth around a waist like a long skirt,
fold the rest of the saree along the width in 8-10 pleats and tuck it in from the front side,
Finally turn around again, bring it round your hips to the front and finally diagonally across your side over your breast to your left shoulder allowing the excess cloth hang behind your back.

Pathetic descriptions, isn’t it… Finally gave it up. A picture is worth a thousand words, so send her links to these 2 websites.

Well if you still could not get it, then here is a nice youtube video to help you out (courtesy DDeden)

Inspired I even browsed for Dhoti. I always wanted to wear one, but never had a chance to try my hands on it. The instruction manual read something like this:

How it is done:

1. The dhoti is one long piece of cloth. Start by folding it in half so that it is half its original length.
2. Drape the dhoti behind you. The stripe should be vertical and held at the top by the left hand. The top of the folded side should be in your right hand and the dhoti should drape almost to the ground behind your heels.
3. Bring together in front of you the folded side in your right hand to meet the stripe side in your left hand.
4. Hold both the folded and stripe side in your left hand and bring them at even tension directly to your left side, keeping the bottom of the dhoti level and near the ground.
5. Hold the stripe side in your left hand as you accordion fold the fold side with your right hand until it is even horizontally with your left leg.
6. There should now be a folded bunch in your right hand. Slightly lift this bunch in your right hand as you bring the stripe side over it to your right side. The dhoti is now wrapped around you. What is left is adjusting the tightness and rolling it down to hold the tension in place.
7. Take the bunch in your right hand twist it slightly together and to the left and slip the top side of the dhoti just over the bunch to hold it in place.
8. Even up the stripe side so that the stripe is vertical and the dhoti drapes level just above the floor.
9. Roll the top of the dhoti down to a comfortable waist level, somewhere below the belly button.

Scary 🙁 I read all the 9 steps, yet it made no sense. Let me try once more, maybe there is somewhere a step by step pictorial procedure that might be more informative.

PS: thanks to Sathiyan for providing me with the link on Dhoti wearing.

29 replies on “How to wear a saree?”

How to wear saree Opinion

I am working women age 36 height 5.5 and coloured not black and white. wehight 58 Kgs.

Now a days we seen every where woman wear saree below thier navel in serials movies and working women’s.

I also like to wear saree below my navel and also in our some working partners in school and all staff members are woman and in some wear this type, but in our residential areas no one wear. When I am on working place try to adjust saree to below my navel and cover with pallu. Some my staff members like it and appreciate me, but some say not good, because they not expose due to their body structure or personal opinion or society fear.

In our residential area no one wear below her navel, how its tolerate and ok. Few days ago my relative comes my home her ages is around 52, and she wear saree below her navel, so I ask her about her opinion, she told me due this type of wear saree my health remain good, and wear saree below navel, if don’t want to expose navel, cover with your saree pallu, but wear below navel saree or dress also.

My husband encourages me to wear saree below my navel and when we go he tell me to wear only saree below my navel. Suggest us wear saree above navel, on navel or below navel. When i wear dress i always wear below navel and feel comfortable. awaiting your reply on my email on

await reply from advisors.


hey…wear it the way you are comfortable..
it’s all about carrying off what you wear with confidence…
and if you are so concious about it and still want to wear your saree below the navel…carry a shawl along..
who knows you might set a new trend in your residential area

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The most important in saree or any other dress for that matter is what you want and what makes u feel comfortable and good about yourself. Anything clothes that attracts unwanted attention (more than what you desire to have), or makes you feel too conscious about yourself should be discarded without giving it a second thought. So the best judge of how high or low you should wear your garments should be you. In the month of Nov/Dec you can always carry your shawl/cardigan around so that you can cover/reveal based on the situation. In other months, as you rightly said pallu is good.

Coming to movies/ serials. I often feel the garments there are too short/revealing to depict the real Indian society. So do not get influenced by them for your sarees and esp. blouses selection.

I am of a very strong opinion that you blend into the culture when you are at office. Unless you want to become the focus of attention, do not wear any revealing clothes.
When you alone or going out with your husband, try to look as gorgeous and tempting (in a cultured manner) as possible. There is no better way to boost the ego of a 40something husband.

I hope it helps.

I am 30 years old ,short,plump and fair and have a bit of a stomach.When i used to wear a saree previously i always used to wear it above my navel as i felt self-conscious to wear it otherwise.but i used to feel uncomfortable as the string felt extremely tight and made a deep red line across my stomach.It was my husband who first suggested to me that I wear my saree below my navel.i was afraid of looking trashy but he assured that wearing it one or two inches below the navel would not make me look so.he asked me to keep it covered always with my pallu if i felt uneasy,but wear it below all the same.
One year later,i now feel it’s much better this way.The line has almost disappeared and i have a smooth,soft stomach now.Previously i used to feel a very tight and suffocating feeling at my middle but now my stomach feels quite free and cool…and the thing i was most afraid of…it’s nothing ultimately,people do not treat me trashily.
I can can ultimately end up by saying that I’m a short and plump married woman who wears her saree two inches below her navel…and i like it this way,bcos it’s much more comfortable and cool.wearing the saree below the navel is not the same as flashing your navel in public…you can keep it covered with your pallu all the same and other people would hardly know the difference…but this way it is more comfortable and healthy.I would advise other women to do likewise.

Goodness, there seem to be a huge interest on anatomical details, rather than the saree itself !
BTW, if you think wearing a six yard saree is difficult, try wearing a “madisaar” with nine yards of cloth going three rounds around you !

both midisaar and dhoti seems to be a nightmare.. I do not know how people managed to do it..
I think this is a logical explanation why there was no great Indian traveller in ancient times… and now that guys have exclusively adopted western clothing and girls to a large extend… You can see Indians almost all over the globe.

Pegasus, You must be confused about all the urls I seem to be commenting from !
Actually, I used to share Babbloguewith Arunn (with whom, I share my life, incidentally), and later moved on to Alchemy where you left a couple of comments. My URL was at default on Babblogue!

I have corrected the error with this comment ! And added you on to my blogroll in Alchemy.

I feel wearing anything should be done decently and the time and location should be at all times kept in mind. Be is below or above the navel… a woman should be able to carry it and not feel conscious!

Draping a saree is in many ways like reversible mathematical or scientific processes. The best way to learn how to drape one is to remove many till you become an expert – in saree wearing that is. Any other expertise gained in the process is a bonus.

gujratis r best at exposing their navel.but i would like to know from females is it kind of sending out positive vibes to we r available if u try

hi, i am ackshaya ,am a girl of 18.i am a girl of normal height but with a little bit of stomach and a little bit of back too.due to these reasons i feel myself that saree makes me to look please give me ur suggetions that how to wear a saree whether above or below my navel? etc

Hi Ackshaya

Sure you will look sexier in saree below navel. Little bit of stomach and back won’t make a look of fat. If you have really big stomach, I can advise you try to reduce it as big stomach is never good for any one. Reasonably big hips are always better for a perfect body shape. So if you have little bit stomach, never wear saree above navel, it won’t look nice and you will look fattier. For a better and sexy look you must wear saree below navel, as much below where stomach shapes inward but definitely above pubic area. Bigger hips always give a better shape if saree is wrapped tight to expose a sexy shape.


Wearing a dhoti is akin to wearing a nav vari sari , only it is like a half sari that covers the bottom half

Dhoti is much more comfortable than trousers, and is best for indian conditions of hot and damp climate.

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if you have good big, deep and rounded navel also big and wider hips give sexy look . i suggest you to wear saree below navel exact on your pubic area where ur stomach shape finished. you look more pretty and sexy.I have good deep rounded navel and i always try to wear saree too below my navel as posible on just my pubic area. some times my pubic hairs visible through my saree but i dont have any problem to going on public places and travelling in public transport infact i enjoyed when when peaple stairing on navel and stomach

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Wearing a dhothi for men’s ,the man who have a little or more stomach the he can wear the dhothi below navel,that is realy good and comfortable.But realy slim body man never wear the dhothi below navel.I am 28 and married,me having white colour body and big belly .i used to wear dhothi below navel.its most comfortable rather than above wife also like that way…

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