N in Indian women fashion

An attire that has been worn for centuries, six to nine yards, draped in different styles to give a unique look. A fashion statement and a symbol of Indian culture, it is a popular attire across the world and not only in India.
Now let us look at some drapes and fabric in N.

Nivi drape

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The most common saree drape that you can see around and the easiest drape. Originating from Andhra Pradesh where the Nivi tribe lived, the drape is known for simplicity and elegance. It is a drape that is favored and worn by women from all age groups and body types.
It is easy to wear, and quick to drape making it a good choice for everyday wear. It is draped over the left shoulder with pleats centered at the waist, leaving it loose over the shoulder and to the floor. The length is either six or nine yards. From formal events to casual outings, this drape is the most versatile option. The drape suits all types of bodies by accentuating the curves and giving an overall feminine touch.

Evolving over the years, women have experimented with fabrics, colors, and even the way the pallu is pinned. Some women tend to keep it pinned to shoulders for formal occasions, while in some cases it is let loose to flaunt the design or the embellishments which could be embroidery, sequins or stone work.
Designers have now incorporated the drape into garments that feature this pre-stitched pleating in gowns which makes it look elegant. A timeless and elegant drape of the nivi drape is a fashion statement for years to continue.

Nauvari drape

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A drape worn by the womenfolk of Maharashtra, the nauvari drape is worn by draping a nine-yard saree. It is the traditional drape of the state of Maharashtra. A popular choice for weddings, festivals, and cultural events, this drape that represents the Marathi culture is also known as the Kashta drape.
To give the look of dhoti, the pleats are tucked into the leg, then draped over the left shoulder, and pallu is pinned. Draping the saree around the torso and then pinning it at the back gives a diagonal look.

The unique feature is that the drape allows ease of movement and is loved by women of all age groups. Women now experiment with different fabrics and have embellishments that accentuate the beauty of the saree. Accessorizing it with a nath on the nose really gives an elegant look.

Not only for women in Maharashtra but the drape is also preferred by many women across the country who choose to drape this style for events and cultural occasions.

Ngotekherh weave

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Characterized by intricate designs and vibrant colors, the Ngotekherh weave is a weaving technique practiced by the Tangkul tribe of the state of Manipur. Known for geometric patterns and the bold colors on fabric the ngotekherh weave has a presence of natural dyes from tree bark, and flowers which give long-lasting color.

It is a technique that is passed across generations from grandmothers to granddaughters. This helps in preserving the artwork and at the same time having more skilled people know the nuances.

This post is part of #blogchatterA2Z 2023.

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