Ooh, fancy.

I’m sort of passable when it comes to sari draping, mostly because I’m very stubborn and do a lot of practicing. My pleats are pretty neat.

However, I’m not so hot with the pallu. I can’t ever seem to get it to lie properly, to fall across my back correctly, etc. So I did some YouTube sleuthing (don’t laugh – YouTube is a  great resource when it comes to sari draping how-tos). I still haven’t found a video that helps with just the pallu pleating part (I thin I’m going to have to get a hands-on tutorial from somebody), but I did find this:

It’s a sort of modified kaccha drape, and one I think I might be able to manage! I have no idea where I’d wear it, but I’m up for trying new things. Also, I have a 9-yard sari that might  just work!

(According to the internets, this is apparently a “sexy” drape because it’s intended to be practical for work, and therefore shows your legs more. Totally innocuous in the U.S., but judging by some of the comments on related videos, scandalous to some in India. Then again, some other people mentioned, with examples, that this drape was once a favorite of certain royal persons. I suppose it’s like most fashion, and open to considerable debate.)

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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4 Responses to Ooh, fancy.

  1. ela says:

    Laura i dont really understand what you are saying but first pleats of pplu is made and pined on the shoulder then the front pleats are made. I dont know if I have answered u correctly or not?

    • HappyGoth says:

      I’ve got the order right, it’s just getting the bottom edge of the pallu to be even that I can’t get. I get this loose bit of fabric under my right arm, even doing things in that order. I’ll keep on practicing.

  2. Janice in GA says:

    I would take about 2 steps and all those careful folds would fall out onto the ground.

    Are they also pinned or something?

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