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Twin wrap

‘Ready to wear’ saris are changing the way we drape this 6-yard garment.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 15, 2010 00:22 IST
Neha Sharma

Women in Delhi are increasingly opting for ready-to-wear saris. Aimed at ‘the young and the restless’, this readymade ensemble helps in making a traditional statement, without spending hours in trying to get the drape right. The ready-to-wear sari puts to rest the uncomfortable issues of adjusting the pallu/pleats.

Set the ball
Not only fashion designers are creating these saris, but stores too, are stocking these up. Rahul Aggarwal, of Chhabra 555 says, “Sari lehengas started the trend and became a rage, because it is a one-piece outfit and easy to manage. However, with increasing awareness about stiched saris, many people who used to buy sari lehenga, now request for stiched saris as well.”

Yajghwinder Bhatti of Ethinicz India store in Lajpat Nagar says, “We do sell ready-to-wear saris, but these are made to order, because the demand is less."

Wrap it in a jiffy
Designers say that the stitched sari is easy to wear and can be carried perfectly. Designer Shaina NC says, “People who avoided the garment because they found it cumbersome to tie drape it, can now just zip it up.”

Designer Gaurav Gupta who showcased a sari gown at the recently held Delhi Couture Week, says, “There is a lot of scope for experimentation, because the sari is stitched and the drape falls in a certain way, rather than being a fluid drape.

Youngsters are opting for these, because they also have a very western feel. It can well be an international red carpet outfit."

Charting popularity
Undoubtedly, the market for stitched sari is growing. It is not only in demand in the city, but has many buyers from outside India as well. Designer Anjana Bhargav says, “Expats and Indians abroad send requests for these garments. I did completely sell out a collection of ready-to wear saris.”

Designer Anjalee Kapoor says, “Three out of five brides ask for a drape sari. The concept, initially popular among the Chinese and Arabic clientele has now become popular in the domestic market.”

Designer vs occassion
The ready-to-wear saris are fast gaining popularity and are available at many shops across the city. While designer wear costs a bomb, occasion wear options in local shops are vailable from Rs 6,000 onwards (more expensive than their regular counterparts).

Celebs seen in the trend
Actress Sonam Kapoor, usually spotted in international brands, appeared as a guest on a TV show in a sari-lehenga by designer Anuradha Vakil. “It’s a lehenga, where I’ve worn the dupatta south-Indian style,” she said.

Actress Shilpa Shetty had worn a Tarun Tahiliani champagne gold sari gown with 8,000 crystals on it, for her reception in November last year.

Drape it right

Poncho sari: It has an armhole and a neckline with a ready pleated skirt. It falls like a sari and appears like a poncho-cum-sari. The back is like a cowl neck, giving it a geisha look.

Drape sari: There are concealed zippers on the sides, with a constructed pallu. You can also ask the designer to split your pallu into two halves so that you can take one part on the shoulder, and the other on your hand.

Zipper sari: It is a one-step process. The blouse is attached with the sari, the pallu constructed and the pleats structured. Step in, pull the zip and you are dressed!

Sari-Lehenga: Wear the blouse and wrap the long flared skirt around yourself (with an inbuilt petticoat). Tuck the attached pallu in the skirt and drape it over your shoulder. Embellish-ments and heavy gota work make up for pleats in this outfit.