When Katrina Kaif posted a picture of her from her pre-wedding festivities, the first question that came to mind was ‘Who drew that gorgeous sari?’ At a time when it may seem a bit difficult to break up with your PJ, here you have celebrities floating their sexy sari drapes with Alan. On the eve of World Saree Day on December 21, we take a look at what industry experts have to say about the grandeur of these six yards and how hot this saree season is.
People affectionately call her as a drape-prairie, Dolly Jain has been in the business of drawing saris for the last 15 years and has worn clothes for celebrity brides like Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and most recently Katrina Kaif. Calling the sari a versatile fabric that can be draped in many ways, Dolly will soon launch her coffee table book featuring 365 ways to draw a sari and added a Plus 1 for Leap Years. When Dolly was given to wear Katrina’s sabasachi sari, they initially wanted her to let her shoulder straps flow. However, Dolly suggested that they pleate the shoulder pallu. Highlighting the importance of a beautiful drape, Dolly says, “When I was given a sari, I felt like it already had a veil, so you can’t handle two fabrics at once. So, what we did was we wrapped it tightly around her shoulders. “
When it comes to celebrities, experimentation is key. In the year 2021, a number of celebrities including Alia Bhatt, Genelia Deshmukh, Kiara Advani, Vidya Balan, Malvika Mohanan made a splash of six yards for movie promotions and events. Whether it is Alia Bhatt’s traditional pure-issued Kanchipuram sari by Madhurya Creations or Manish Malhotra’s two-tone Tiffany green sari or Malvika Mohanan’s sexy Boysenberry sequin sari, these sari are celebrated in different styles, colors and fabrics.
Talking about how much sari has evolved over time, Dolly says, “Sari is making a big comeback. If you look 7-8 years ago, not only young girls, but also women of the family stopped wearing sarees and opted for gowns, long kurtas etc. However, over time, everyone realized that investing in a sari is more practical than any gown. I always encourage brides to invest in handloom pieces. Sari is a versatile fabric that can be draped in many ways. It is important to understand that if you have a hypothesis that the sari is uncomfortable, you will never feel comfortable in it.
So, what makes sarees the most in demand after this festive season? “I think the sari is evergreen and attractive and can be worn at any age,” says fashion designer Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor, who recently saw Kiara Advani paired with one of her Georgette polka dot saris with a beaded blouse and belt. Giving a sexy and glam avatar to Georgette’s sari was Nita Lulla’s sari in which actress Genelia Deshmukh was paired with sequin panels decollet and multi strap back.
From embroidered saris to hand painted saris, there is something for everyone. However, Dolly wants to change the perception of many people about wearing sari. “People believe that draping is… four pins are attached here and the draping is done. At least not for me … I keep an eye on what gentleman is, what body language he is, whether he is a sari person or not, what rituals he is going for. All of these factors should be considered before a drape artist gives a bride a drape idea.
Because no matter what the season, saris are always going to see all the festive things. This Christmas, fashion designer Shreejith Jeevan is giving a festive twist to the traditional Kasavu. Speaking about the inclusion of sarees in the Christmas collection, Sreejith says, “Sarees have become one of the most versatile items to play, regardless of the season. The flexibility with which it can slip into the flavors of the season is what makes it attractive. This year we have made turtle sari in red and green and it is a perfect assembly for Christmas. ”
Whether you choose a pre-stitched sari or a traditional dress, wear it with a smile! Because whatever the dress may be, it is to share the story of your sari.