The Lavani saree is also known as the Nauvari saree drape. It is one of the most common among regional drapes. This drape having been featured not only in popular movies but also on the fashion runway.
This saree has a unique sense of playfulness that sets it apart from other saree designs. It accentuates the curvy body, allows one to walk quickly, and allows one to sit comfortably on the floor or handle any amount of work with ease.
During the Great Famine, the women of the state began working in the fields alongside their husbands. The squatting allowed them to tuck the saree in between their knees, thus this style.
Here is how you can wear it-
Step 1 –
Bring the saree around your back. Keep it to one metre on the left side in your hand and the rest on the right. Hold the fabric’s two edges from the border and tie a knot at the waist to keep it stable.
You should have one metre or more of saree on your left and the remainder of the length on your right at the end of step 1.
Step 2 –
Keep the saree from the pallu foot, collect the whole length of the saree. Like you will in a traditional saree, collect the pallu at the back and carry it to the front and over the left shoulder.
Your pallu should be on your left shoulder at the end of step 2 and the rest of the duration should be loose around you as you wait for the next step!
Step 3 –
We’ll start pleating by keeping the saree on the right-hand side top, where it’s been knotted at the waist, and having the standard 4-inch pleats. We would have at least 8 or 9 pleats after we have gathered the whole length of the loose fabric into pleats.
This must now be tucked into the middle, near the navel. To ensure that the pleats stay in place, flatten them a bit.
Step 4 –
Now comes the simple tuck. Take the middle of the various pleats, hold it at the border, and gingerly bring it between the knees, tucking it at the back. Since the whole saree pleat has been tucked at the back, there would be a double borderline at the back.
Step 5 –
Now that we’ve completed the pleating and tucking, it’s time to make the pallu rest a bit more elegantly while also assisting it in properly covering the back. The cloth had already covered the part of the back where the pleats had been tucked. Since the pallu had already been removed from the back and placed on the left shoulder.
All you have to do is bring the drape over the back and hips, then across the shoulder and across the waist, where it can be tucked in on the left.