We road-tested traditional sari drapes from Rta Kapur Chishti's book Saris of India

Compiling one of the most definitive books on the traditions of sari-wearing, Rta Kapur Chishti, along with Martand Singh, has created an encyclopaedia of Indian saris in Saris of India - Tradition and Beyond. The book maps out over 800 saris from across the country and a gallery of 108 sari-draping styles.

Thanks to Anavila’s buttery linen saris and Raw Mango’s Benarasi weaves, our love for this unstitched textile has been growing by leaps and bounds. We decided to use this book as a personal stylist of sorts to help us understand new (but actually ancient) traditions of wearing a sari. Some of the styles don't even require a petticoat and/or a blouse. See our experiments below.

Raw Mango sari and blouse with an En Inde necklace

State: Jharkhand

Style: Ranchi - Takupani Simdega/Southwest Jharkhand Style

Worn by: Santar, Bedia and other tribes

Worn with: A blouse, no petticoat required

(Pg 175 in the book)

Anavila sari and blouse with Ritika Sachdeva necklace

State: Gujarat

Style: Parsi

Worn by: Urban mercantile community

Worn with: Blouse and petticoat

(Pg 105 in the book)

Raw Mango sari with Itrana earrings and ring

State: Andhra Pradesh

Style: Venukagundaram-II

Worn by: Barugapuka Kalingalu (agriculturists)

Worn with: Nothing. No blouse or petticoat required

(Pg 226 in the book)


Pink Bali Saree