#54 Kappulu – traditional

Yeah!!! I’m half way through, only 54 more to go! :)

For this one I put a pin in the informal pleats on the shoulder because this sari is one of those terribly slippery silk ones. It won’t stay on my shoulder for nothing.

The Kappulu drape is from Andhra Pradesh. It is for a 7 yard sari, but you could do it with a 6 yard sari that still has the choli/blouse piece attached. Also if you are a small person a normal 6 yard sari would probably work too. You also need a sari that is reversible or doesn’t have an up or down. Because this sari is draped the opposite direction of most sari drapes. Or you could just drape it the opposite of the way I’m showing here and then any sari design will work.


# 51 Ball Gown/Prom Dress – modern

This is done with two saris. I would get two that don’t have much border. That way if the borders don’t match or compliment each other then you can hide them pretty easily. But if you happen to get two saris with matching borders you might like to show them off. Also a lighter weight fabric is better for the top as it won’t be bunchy after being wound around you so many times.

The skirt part is done like #21 skirt style, but over a net or hoop skirt and starting with the pallu¬† end so it is hidden. Of course if you want to show it you are very welcome to. You can make the skirt as big as you’d like or as small, it just depends on the petticoat you have.

The top part is pinned at the waist and then wrapped as tightly as you can as you move up your torso. In this video I do a halter top but you could do a one shoulder or a strapless too. The length of the tail at the back depends on how long of a sari you start with.

Of course you should wear the appropriate bra and not a couple of tank tops underneath :P

Have fun, experiment, be creative !

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#48 Boro Mekhla – traditional

This is a traditional drape from Assam. But I am demonstrating it with a modern 6 yard sari. Traditionally the sari used is 3 yards long and 4feet high. But I don’t have any. So I took the tallest sari in the house. It belongs to my mother and its a beautiful blue Pochampally silk. It just so happened to be 4 feet high. So I folded it in half and that made it approximately 3 yards long. Tada!