Category: Polina Hargreaves

Polina is a professional Technician of Light Industry in Sewing Production, Fashion Designer, Seamstress and Embroiderer, originally from Russia, but currently lives with her family in Ireland. She became close with the Indian culture when she was just 5 years old, and since then she is associated with strong ties to this country. This relationship inspires her on various art projects that you can see on her website www.polinahargeaves.com (in Russian language): Indian fabrics, sarees, embroidery, dances, music, cinema, cooking and much more -all these are part of her life.

June 13th, 2017 by dare2drape

By: Polina Hargreaves

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Polina tries a very unique and ancient drape that was used by men and women. At first it was dhoti, but she decided to transform it in something more modern. Instead living “fishtail” in front between legs, it is thrown over a shoulder and the borders of the saree make look more stylish. It is very comfortable drape for sitting, dancing and even running. Polina has combined the saree with simple T-shirt which just looks fabulous!

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February 20th, 2016 by dare2drape

By: Polina Hargreaves

 

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Many of you, of course, may be smiling now, when looking on the pictures and could think that it is not so much Steampunk. Yes, you’re right; I look mostly like a blend of pirate and gipsy))). BUT! My image was created with a touch of Indian style, so then to fully capture the spirit of Victorian England is impossible and unnecessary. I tried to make this look by using Indian saree from Triveni Company. Just placing it in the folds around the waist, gathered on the side and put pallu on the right shoulder, like in the Gujarati style. With help of petticoat, material lay quite volumetric. Also, corset became an integral part. I used a turban instead of a hat and also wore stylish boots. In my opinion it was very interesting experiment!

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January 12th, 2016 by dare2drape

By: Polina Hargreaves

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This is very interesting drape that become one of my favorites. The style is quite open at the top that is why most accent is on the blouse. Pallu used more as a decorative scarf that you can fix as you wish. Light flowing silk sarees are better suitable for this drape, and one of them I chose for my last seventh week. I always model and sew saree blouses by myself, despite the fact that the process can be very difficult, because of silk fabric. As you can see, I have a Peter Pen collar and close front, which gives a certain amount ofchastity, but the open back immediately changes the image and attracting everyone’s attention. Very easy to drape a saree in this style, but you may need help with making back folds. My challenge comes to the end and I am glad that it is finish on such a playful note 😉

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January 8th, 2016 by dare2drape

By: Polina Hargreaves

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Actually, I do not know the name of this drape, but according to Diva Dolly it is the latest style. In my opinion, sarees with bright and wide border will be the best choice. For the sixth week of my challenge I have chosen a cotton saree. Classic Elegant style is perfectly suited to such classic saree. Very comfortable drapery allows you to feel yourself as a Lady.All that you need it is a little bit upgrade usual Nivi style. Rather than fix the folds on the left shoulder, you stretch them under left arm and fix on the right shoulder. As you see, saree covers almost all body and it is not only chaste, comfortable and delicate, but makes you feel warmer in cool weather)). Bracelets, necklaces, handbag, shoes and, possibly, a belt will help you create the great image, transforming an ordinary single color saree in elegant evening dress. If you know the exact name of this style, then write to me in the comments.

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January 1st, 2016 by dare2drape

By: Polina Hargreaves

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The New Year came and everyone is waiting for miracles. So I wanted to feel myself alittle bit magical, and I requested my husband to process pictures as you see them))).
Despite the upcoming celebration, my participation in the program Dare2Drape continues. Sweet pink silk saree with delicate embroidery became the inspiration for my new drape Half-and-Half. The special about this style it is wrapping hips with pallu for creating a
slim form. But please, do not confuse this with the common drape styleMermaid” that according to Dolly Diva, has no front pleats. So, if you have decided to try this fashion, follow the Gujarati drape, but leaving behind a hanging long piece of saree, and pallu in front also must be sufficient length. Then take one end of the pallu and stretch under the left arm, covering the chest and under hanging folds. Pining it in front of saree and thus making a circle around the waist. Believe me, it looks very feminine!

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December 26th, 2015 by dare2drape

By: Polina Hargreaves

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Since, I have been involved in the program “Dare2Drape”, which was organized by company Triveni, it is time to present to you my new images. For the fourth week, my choice fell on Jaipur cotton saree with a printed pattern Bagru all over fabric. I love to drape cotton sarees, because they are so quick and easy.
Do you like Hip-Hop? If so, I am not a fan of this style, since I passed my teenage years long time ago. But the challenge is accepted, YO! Drap
e is quite simple, but the main difference from the classical style Nivi is that rather than push through pallu under right arm, you simple put pallu’s folds around neck, and then fix the end of it on the chest, forming a “loop” around the left hand.  You can very easily move and dance in a saree that was draped in this lovely Hip-Hop style.

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December 18th, 2015 by dare2drape

By: Polina Hargreaves

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So, it’s time to try a saree from Triveni’s collection. Gray and shades of blue is very organically combined in the forms of lines and squares. I find these colors look good for my facial features. Saree is suitable for various activities; just add a colourful piece of jewellery and accessories, evening make-up and you are ready to conquer hearts)). For morning look the best word – “minimalism”, it is better to be more natural, since the pattern and color combinations of saree attract attention by itself. In Andhra Pradesh, some women emphasize their belonging to a particular caste, drape a style Nivi clockwise. So, the folds on the waist turn to the right side and pallu lay on the right shoulder, while the classic variation based on the left side and goes counter clockwise. Currently, there are not so much lovers of Right-sided Style, because it can be direct indication of a low caste. On the one picture I tucked lower border over pleats on the waist, which is very comfortable when you are doing your homework.

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December 11th, 2015 by dare2drape

By: Polina Hargreaves

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The second week and a new saree! What I have chosen this time? As you can see, this week I decided to try something bright)). Here silk saree, soft and flowing, with an expressive combination of dark pink and green – just right for a hot summer. Moreover, the design is interesting because the folds on the waist colored in a contrasting color. The Ceylonese dancer drape quite addictive. Petticoat is not provided, but you can wear leggings. The process of draping starts from pallu, which is attached to the blouse as well as in the Nivi style. Then the rest of the length of the saree you transform into the folds and hold them at the stomach. Next grab the lower corner of the saree, wrapped around the body (dragging under falling pallu) and tie a knot over the pleats, using the two corners of the beginning saree. The pleats in this style fall over the knot and have a fan-like shape. It sounds rather complicated, but in fact all of this is quick and easy, just need a time to try and understand the process. I really liked this drape, however silky and sliding sarees are not the best choice, because one hand you need for holding the folds and the other two to tie the knot – everything tries to slip out from the hands and pleats do not want to be in the right position! In my understanding, cotton sarees are best suited for Ceylonese dancer drape. However, if you have the helper… go for it!

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December 4th, 2015 by dare2drape

By: Polina Hargreaves

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My first week I started with drape called Maharani/Rajrani. I have a saree of great beauty – it is a natural silk fabric decorated with embroidery, sequins, special printed pattern and colored French knots that give a special glamor. End of saree looks especially luxurious, which I always wanted to show, but it was lost in the folds of the Nivi drape. Rajrani style helped me to present the beauty of this saree, but also was surprisingly comfortable for me, truly feminine and really Royal :))). Difference in the drapery, compared with Nivi style is only three: folds at the waist are formed from left to right, pallu thrown on the right shoulder as in Gujarati style and it’s end is attached to left shoulder that forming folds on the chest. Also, according to your desire length of the pallu may be different, so folds on the breasts may look different.

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