Category: Leading Faces

February 10th, 2016 by dare2drape

By: Tanuja Desai Hidier

Sari7b Sari7e Sari7d Sari7a Sari7f Sari7c

Full disclosure: My parents came to town and did this drape for me. The seventh in the seven-sari Dare2Drape Challenge.

I was honored to be asked to be a leading face for Triveni. As well, my father is from Gujarat, where Triveni is based (my mother is from Bombay).

Boston-USA-born me, I only lived in India a couple of years as a baby. In fact, both of my books and albums have been inspired by my desire to know this mother-and-father-land better, while exploring the many-layered experience of inhabiting a multicultural identity.

And what more fitting fabric to explore this layering than a sari? The sari features numerous times in both of my novels (in fact, it even inspired me to write a song called “Sari” for When We Were Twins, my album of songs based on my first novel Born Confused!).

Born Confused takes its name from the term American Born Confused Desi. Through the journey of Indian-American heroine Dimple Lala during a summer where she’s trying to bring her cultures together without falling apart in the process—undergoing her own kind of ‘draping’ challenge, so to speak–I wanted to redefine the C for Confused to one for Creative, as this felt to me to more accurately reflect the desis that people my world. People who were in fact shaping fact shaping –draping!–and creating the culture as they went along. As we went along. And still are.

And now these saris have become an extension of that redefining. I’d never tried to put one on before week one of the Dare2Drape challenge and began the process in utter confusion. Like my protagonist, I am working my way to turn that Confusion to Creativity.

And I must say, it’s been a treat with these beautiful saris!

Drape center of material behind the neck. Bring ends in front and tuck in in front of the blouse. Bring the rest of the material behind. Pleat and tuck in the back. Bring the tie over ears so baubles hang down like earrings.

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February 10th, 2016 by dare2drape

By: Tanuja Desai Hidier

Sari6e Sari6d Sari6a Sari6b

Wearing this sari feels like throwing a party—a gardeny, street-arty, comic bookish, Gran Prix, Alice in Wonderland, fruit-falling-off-trees party—on your body. Fun, festive, chaotic: a dancing canvas; a nutty ice-cream cone of an outfit. The grin-inducing clishclash of patterns immediately brought to mind what was already in my ears (and making me grin): New Order’s album Music Complete –whose artwork, created by Peter Saville, uncannily matches it (well, then I suppose anything would match this sari!). The album art varies depending on the format (for example, on the CD it’s yellow, red, blue, green clockwise; the LP, red, yellow, green, and blue). I love the music: infectiously joyful, danceable, even the ‘sad’ songs, and layered with gorgeous sonic tones and shades. And the variation in the art is a great touch, as art, like anything, is an ever evolving shape-shifting thing, depending on the ‘taster’. A metamorphosing drape in it’s own way, according to how you hear, see, wear, feel it. A Tutti-Frutti of different hues and gouts. (And another, however rather different, composer and shape-shifter of color was on the walls in the room in which New Order was in my ears and this sari upon me: Mark Rothko. So I have included this tunesmith of shape, shade, scale—designer of a new and wonderful form of abstract painting—here too). Felt kind of out there, but fitting. Like this drape.

Despite the name I’ve given it and the crazy fun pattern, this is a more traditional drape: Tuck one end in on the right side. Bring it around the back. Pleat in front and tuck in. Bring the rest of the material around from behind. Cross it over the left shoulder.

Soundtrack: New Order/”Tutti Frutti”

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January 20th, 2016 by dare2drape

By:  Garima Dutt

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Headed down #south for #inspiration for my sixth drape for the ‘#7Weeks7Drapes’ challenge. I chose a simple #pink chiffon saree with a black zari border and blouse from Triveni Sarees. This drape is somewhere between the traditional Maharashtrian / South #Indian ones and the modern dhoti pants #style, with a personal twist added to it. I used black tights inside so that I am comfortable moving around.

Leaving about two meters of saree to my left, I pinned the saree to my tights in the centre. I set the pallu on my left shoulder from the right end of the saree, bringing it around me. I then made small pleats from the cloth I had set aside to my left, took them from between my legs and tucked them behind. From the portion of saree hanging in front, I made another set of pleats and tucked them in front. The twist is that I used my long pallu to make gathers (held by pins in front) to keep the pleats behind partially covered. In traditional and dhoti pants style they remain exposed.

I now have my eyes set on buying the #nineyards #saree needed for most #traditional drapes. Yes, one also needs help from online videos, a few safety pins and some amount of practice to master them.

The one I have tried this time is of course, best for #pujas, ceremonies and theme #parties.

#DelhiEyes #Dare2Drape #SixthWeek #ethnic  #DhotiStyle  #SareeLove  #SixYards  #fashionblogger  #TriveniSarees  #Delhi #India #Fashion

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December 18th, 2015 by dare2drape

By: Tanuja Desai Hidier








It’s been a wonderfully va-va-vrooming road trip of a year. Writing a book, you take your characters on a journey. And your characters take you on one as well. During my writing of Bombay Blues and accompanying albumBombay Spleen, I lived in that distant motherland city by the sea. While there for my three research trips, yes…but also for the three-plus years of the writing process, I inhabited this metropolis of the meeting of my parents, the birth of my mother, and brother, too: on the page…and in the imagination, via my heroine Dimple Lala.

And now, with these works out in the world, on-page Dimple has allowed me to continue these travels off-page as well: In January I headed back to India for the launch of Bombay Blues/Spleen there, first at the Jaipur Literature Festival, then in Bombay. In the spring,  Dimple took me back to the wonderland I’d lived in nearly ten years and that inspired my first novel, prequel Born Confused: New York City. And this October, for one of the most memorable trips of all, Dimple accompanied me to a part of my own birth country I’d never seen before: Madison, Wisconsin.

Madison is an amazing city—on an isthmus, with a stunning state Capitol, jazzy music venues and tummy-rumbling foods (it’s cream country, after all; fried cheese curds were a discovery!). The city and University of Madison campus intertwine to create a really lovely buzzy vibe. And the warm, welcoming people of the Midwest I met there: The best part of all.

It was a magical five days: I was there as Bombay Blues had received the 2015 South Asia Book Award, which was such an honor. The awards ceremony was held as part of the 44th Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Madison–the world’s largest such event, with more than 800 scholars, students, professionals, writers, artists in attendance for four days. (Yes, in Madison, Wisconsin. Who knew?) I also had the great pleasure of meeting children’s category winner, the utterly delightful talent Paula Yoo, as well as honor authors Vivek Shreya and Padma Venkatraman.

The entire experience was serious refuel for the writing road!

And now, I’ve wound full circle in this road trip of a year to wrap it up and ring in the new in the small town in Western Massachusetts. where I grew up from the age of two. On these streets that are the basis of those in my books, though those stories are set miles away. Overlooking Bennett Pond…which became the fictitious Mirror Lake on the page. Setting of the childhood experiences—including being the first ‘brown’ family in the whole area all those years ago—that ignitioned my writing path.

And surrounded by the people who believed in this path, and in me, even when I barely believed myself.

And the next generation as well, those little ones to whom we pass on that faith.

There’s no place like home. But that’s because home is not a place. It’s a sense of sanctuary. And I’m so happy to be here again.

Feeling ever ever so blessed.

And may you and yours be blessed, too.

Happy holidays, all! 

For this winding road of a drape, tuck one end on the right side. Bring it around. Pleat and tuck in. Wind rest of material around in one full circle. Bring it over the right shoulder from behind and leave it hanging from there. (You can use a brooch to keep it fastened on shoulder and waist.) As a final touch, I brought the blouse ties around the neck and tied them with the baubles hanging down like a necklace. I also attached multicolored feather clip-on earrings to the draped fabric, around the naval area.

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December 9th, 2015 by dare2drape

By:  Garima Dutt

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The ‪#‎wedding‬ season is upon us and since it is not very cold yet, it is time to flaunt your curves like a diva in a lovely flowing saree. And what better way to do it than the ‘‪#‎Butterfly‬ drape’ or the ‘‪#‎Bollywood‬ Style’!
So this is what I chose as my fifth drape in the ‘7 weeks 7 drapes challenge’ by Triveni Sarees. The saree in this drape is worn like the ‪#‎traditional‬ nivi style, the way we wear it regularly. The only difference is that the pallu is made very thin and taken in a manner that the navel or the midriff is visible. Ideal for this drape, I used Triveni’s digitally printed green, black chiffon saree with a golden sequined border and a beautiful blouse that is heavily sequined on the arms.

Time to rock the parties, shaadi, wedding-reception…whatever you will!

‪#‎Dare2Drape‬ ‪#‎FifthWeek‬ ‪#‎7Weeks7Drapes‬ ‪#‎ethnic‬ ‪#‎ButterflyDrape‬ ‪#‎BollywoodDrape‬ ‪#‎SareeLove‬ ‪#‎Saree‬ ‪#‎beauty‬ ‪#‎joy‬ ‪#‎DelhiEyes‬ ‪#‎SixYards‬ ‪#‎DelhiBlogger‬ ‪#‎TriveniSarees‬ ‪#‎December‬ ‪#‎Delhi‬ ‪#‎India‬ ‪#‎Fashion‬

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November 24th, 2015 by dare2drape

By: Diksha Gupta


Gujarat has it’s own style of saree draping which is quite popular in North India also as Seedha Pallu Drape. And for this time I choose this drape for my Dare2Drape challenge.  The Gujarati drape is a very traditional and elegant way of draping a Saree. With this style, you get to show off the intricately bordered pallus in full. Well suited for any occasion, be it for casual wear or on special occasions, the Gujarati style saree wearing adds a touch of Western India to your style.

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November 16th, 2015 by dare2drape

By:  Garima Dutt

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So I chose the ‪#‎Diwali‬ week to do my fourth drape of the ‘7 weeks 7 drapes challenge’ by Triveni Sarees. I picked this blue printed chiffon saree with lovely golden-pink-blue border from their collection. It’s very easy on the eyes and can accentuate most frames. And I decided to be a ‪#‎mermaid‬ by trying the mermaid style! This one is super easy to wear since you do not have to make any pleats. The pallu sits on your right shoulder much like the Gujarati style drape and one side of it comes all the way from your back and is pinned right under the fall of your pallu in front. And much like a mermaid some part of your saree tails behind. Eh! now that could be cumbersome for someone as clumsy as me! I think one can try a variation on this one by adding a few pleats. Needless to say, this drape is lovely for parties. Just ensure you do not fall lest someone steps on your saree err…mermaid tail! The ‪#‎dramaqueen‬ in me definitely added the much needed drama to my ‪#‎SareeSaga‬ on Diwali with this one.

‪#‎Dare2Drape‬ ‪#‎FourthWeek‬ ‪#‎7Weeks7Drapes‬ ‪#‎ethnic‬#‎MermaidDrape‬ ‪#‎SareeLove‬ ‪#‎beauty‬ ‪#‎joy‬ ‪#‎saree‬ #‎DelhiEyes‬ ‪#‎SixYards‬‪#‎DelhiBlogger‬ ‪#‎TriveniSarees‬ ‪#‎Novemver‬ ‪#‎Delhi‬ ‪#‎India‬ ‪#‎Fashion‬


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November 11th, 2015 by dare2drape

By: Vishakha Talreja

This week I tried the Dhoti style drape that fashionista Sonam Kapoor has often been spotted wearing. I tried it over a pair of jeans. I wore a Triveni double shaded georgette saree and the pallu with golden embroidery looked gorgeous. It is also a very comfortable drape since I was wearing jeans. However one has to ensure that its pinned properly. My drape though lacks finishing as I was trying it for the first time. But must say its a fun and quirky drape.

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November 3rd, 2015 by dare2drape

By: Kseniia Larovchyk






The sari is worn pleatless; it is wrapped around the waist, brought back to the right side and the pallu is thrown over the left shoulder. The pallu is then brought up under the right arm and once again cast over the left shoulder. In the traditional Bengali style, the pallu is neatly pleated, whereas in this modern version, it has been flung carelessly giving the feel of flamboyance.

The bright pink laced blouse adds a splash of colour to the already bright look!

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November 2nd, 2015 by dare2drape

By: Svetlana Mishra

sidekicker drape #1

The Sidekicker drape is very contemporary. To get this drape start wearing the saree in the usual way draping from right waist to left waist completing one and a half circle up till the left waist. Make the pleats and tuck them at the corner on the left waist. Bring the saree from behind around the waist and keep it open to cover till the knees. Keep this portion tight and carry the remaining length on the left shoulder to make the pallu. The pallu will be short in this style.

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