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Ace the Bong Drape! Take a Crash Course on Bengali Saree Draping Styles for Your Biye Events

Are you looking forward to drape a saree in Bong style but have no clue how to? Not to worry! We've simplified the Bengali Saree Draping techniques for you, elaborating each step. Keep reading to know the steps, learn the art and drape it like a pro!

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Draping a saree is a form of art. And thanks to the multi-cultural colours in our country, there are more styles of draping a saree than you can actually grasp! So this time let's talk about the Bengali saree kinds and draping styles. Because now that you've stocked up your wardrobe with all kinds of Bengali sarees, you need the know-how of the draping! So, let us guide you! Read and learn the step-by-step techniques of Bengali draping styles you can flaunt on your different Biye events

1. The Drape Guide 

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The Bengali drape or commonly known as Atpoure in Bengal is one of the traditional yet very classy Bengali draping styles if done right. From a glamorous red Banarasi saree to an elegant Tant, you can sport this particular style of draping in almost every kind of saree fabric. SO let's begin with the guidelines. Here are the steps you must follow to drape a saree in authentic Atpoure fashion:

  • Wrap the first round of the sari from other ends of pallu part of the sari, from right to left direction around your waist.
  • Tuck in well throughout and evenly so that there are no creases. Ensure that the sari falls down to the ground at equal length throughout.
  • Create a broad box-plait at the front. Ensure an even crease-free tuck and make sure the pleat falls neatly.
  • Now, take the pallu and make accurate even pleats in an accordion style.
  • Throw the pleated pallu over your left shoulder. Use safety-pins for the time being in order to keep the pallu in place.
  • Take the front part of your pallu and let it fall straight down your body. Make sure it is floor length. However, keep it a few inches above the ground in case you're wearing flats otherwise wear heels. It's important that the pallu is parallel to your body.
  • The front plaits and the pallu should align in a straight line being parallel to each other. Now take off the safety-pins from the pallu that you had already placed on the left shoulder.
  •  Extend the right border of the pallu towards your chest and tuck the end of the pallu on the right side of your hip neatly. Pin it for a proper look.
  • Take the right end of the pallu that falls behind and brings it over your right shoulder from back to front. Tie a key-bunch that is heavy to that corner. Practically, this particular accessory keeps the pallu in place. But it also has become a classy style statement for a Bong bridal look.
  • Take it lower as much as you want! And that's how you ace it!

2. What you need

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While you get cracking the code of Bengali saree draping tricks, take a look at the entire list of things you would need to go with this kind of drape. Although it's more or less similar to any other saree draping essentials, there are still a few unique items you must check out.

  • Bengali drape works best on either heavy silk sarees like Banarasi, Kanjeevaram silk saree Baluchari silk or lighter fabrics like Jamdani, Gorod, Tant or handloom, sarees. Avoid chiffon, Georgette, crepe or embroidered sarees.
  • Go for broad bordered sarees of you decode for an Atpoure drape. A classic white Gorod with broad red borders are always ideal for festivals or pre-wedding shoots.
  • Get your collection of Bengali jewellery which you absolutely need with an authentic Bengali drape. Stock up your jewellery box with Bala, Chur, Saat Noli haar, Jhumko designs and different kinds of Nolok.
  • Now coming to important accessories. For your pallu that falls at the back, you need to tie a key bunch to keep it in place. However, you can also fashion a silver trinket, ornate jewellery or any accessory of your choice. 
  • Extra set of safety pins or cloth pins are extremely crucial as you may need them to keep your saree well in place. Always keep a few safety pins handy in case of any slip-ups.
  • Look for different Juda styles especially the traditional ones because buns are the best way to go when you sport a Bengali drape. having said that, you can also go with loose hair on your Gaye Holud for a casual and light look.

So now you know, Bengali saree draping is not that difficult! Just follow the step by step guidelines and you might not even need any styling expert to drape your saree. It's important to choose the right kind of fabric for a better fall of your Bengali drape. Also, choosing the right jewellery and accessories are equally significant. However, you can always go for a mix and match! Fuse your traditional Bong drape with some contemporary jewellery and you just might set a raging trend!

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