Cotton sarees are the most traditional kind of clothing in this area. Cotton was (and still is) favoured by the locals due to its great absorbency and breathability, making it an ideal fabric for the hot and humid climate of Tamil Nadu.
Cotton sarees from Chettinad are recognised by their beautiful, woven appearance, which is uncommon in cotton clothing.
The rich and glossy look that is so popular in the south is achieved by combining cotton with silk. They are also known as Chettinad pattu sarees and include the traditional lines, vivid colours, and checks that these textiles are known for.
Chettinad silk sarees are known for their bright colors and contrasting checks and stripes, particularly on the pallu and borders.
Follow the given steps to wear a cotton saree in South Indian style
Step 1 –
Start with a petticoat or a blouse. Take one inner end of the saree and push it inside the petticoat that you’re wearing.
Step 2 –
Now, you have to take one round holding the end of the saree until you reach at the front and push it inside neatly.
Step 3 –
The next step is that you have to take the pallu and you have to make pleats with it. You will have to keep them a little wide and cover them nicely at the front.
Step 4 –
Now, you have to take the pallu around your back and place it on your left shoulder. Pin the pallu there so that it doesn’t fall. Adjust the pleats neatly.
Step 5 –
Take the inside end of the pallu and pull it tightly and push it inside the petticoat tightly. Now, you will have to make pleats with the remaining saree at the front. Adjust the pleats inside your petticoat. You will notice an extra fabric at your side so fold it nicely and push that inside the petticoat too.
Step 6 –
Since it is a cotton saree, you will have to constantly press the pleats at the front firmly so that it doesn’t get any wrinkles. Wear it with a fitted blouse.