Border Designs for Sarees


I have been mulling over the idea of sarees with different edge designs for a while now and it became stronger while researching for my post Saree Trends for 2015. The patti-patti border saree made famous by the likes of Sabyasachi and Anamika Khanna have been all over the place for more than six-seven years. I despise these embroidered straight border designs, often with contrasting coloured borders included, especially when compared to the alternatives available. In today’s post I will be discussing various border options along with other edge embellishments.



The saree edge could be finished with a basic hem, fold and stitch. Anamika Khanna’s shaded organza saree is a perfect example of it. Certain sarees require weight on the edge for it to fall fluidly, in this case a self coloured fabric facing could be stitched onto the saree. You could also add a thin self coloured fabric border depending on the saree fabric. This style of edge finish highlight’s the saree’s fabric giving it an airy look.


The saree could be designed with a thin border, no more than 1.5 inch wide. This could either be a fabric or embroidered border. Pick softer fabrics like georgette and silk crepe for thin border designs. Do not add heavy embroidery to the saree’s body. Focus on the blouse design. You could pair a simple design like this with printed crop tops or embroidered contrast blouses.

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Saree Trends for 2015


Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 and India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 recently concluded leaving us with a broad spectrum of designs to choose from. Among this assortment there were recurring design elements which caught my eye. Based on the Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 which took place last October I have already discussed some of these styles in my Saree Drape Styles post.

The following are 8 trends in sarees that will be big this year. The list includes some continuing styles along with new additions.



The styling of a saree with a belt has been around for two-three years but never omnipresent like this season. Black leather belts were spotted on the ramp in shows by top designers like Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani and Anju Modi. The use of embroidered belts and metallic belts has been seen in fashion week and online collections by designers JJ Valaya, Iika and Raakesh Agarvwal.

(Refer the Saree Styling post here for more pictures)



I have started seeing this trend in retail outlets already. The saree can be paired with a peplum top, crop top, short jacket or even long jackets. The options are endless. Abraham & Thakore have styled their sarees with shirts and jackets for both their Summer 2015 and Winter 2015 collections. Amalraj Sengupta, Not Like You, Paromita Banerjee, Aarti Vijay Gupta are few of the designers who showcased their sarees with non-traditional blouse options.

(Refer the Saree Styling post here for more design options)

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Drape Style – Saree


Today I will be discussing saree draping styles along with styling options. Sarees are usually worn with blouses with different embroideries and variations in necklines and sleeve lengths. I will not be discussing the basic blouses, instead I will talk about uncommon blouse options and how each can be styled in several ways. You can also use layering and accessories to create alluring looks with a saree.

The three common styles of draping the saree is the ulta-pallu (draping the aanchal of the saree over your shoulder to the back of the body), the wrapped ulta-pallu (after draping the saree in a ulta-pallu wrap the excess across back and take it over the opposite shoulder towards the front) and the seedha-pallu (draping the aanchal of the saree over the shoulder to the front of the body).


Style 1. In the first section I want to discuss slight variations in the drape of the basic styles. The shoulder pleats in a ulta-pallu are usually 4 to 5 inches wide and changing the width immediately changes the look of the saree. Try seven inches wide pleats at the shoulder along with a lower drape on the right side of the body. In a regular ulta-pallu drape after the waist pleats the saree is wrapped tightly across the hips towards the front and over the left shoulder but to achieve the first style variation after the waist pleats tuck the saree till the left front waist and let the pleats form across the hips and front waist over the left shoulder. You could also try twisting the aanchal of a light weight soft fabric and hold the twists with an embroidered tie up at the shoulder. While using this style make sure your blouse is well fitted, you should go for a thick fabric blouse or a completely embroidered blouse like the Anaikka beaded blouse.

Style 2. The second style is a variation of the seedha-pallu. After draping the aanchal over the right shoulder to the front of the body drape one side around the neck over the left shoulder and leave the other side falling at the front in a diagonal. This drape style is well suited for sarees with aanchal focused prints or embroideries.


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