A reader recently commented with a question on my post Battle of the Sari Bulge and I do not have a good answer for her. Can any of you experienced sari-pleating readers help her out?
I am an american married to a Pakistani, and you would think that in over 30 years of marriage I would have worn one many times. But I have not had a sari on for years. Primarily out of avoidance. Sari’s are truly beautiful and a picture of elegance. I have always been fascinated by the gorgeous fabrics, stitching and trims. Yes, I would like to be that girl that wears a sari with confidence, but instead I can completely relate to the woman about the total awkwardness of having someone put a sari on you. I remember feeling soooo American and so clueless waiting for whoever finished dressing themselves to install my sari on me. Once on, I was hyper-aware of it slipping, sitting down, and the little children that wanted to be picked up or sit on my lap. I was just not the picture of confidence. This summer we will be attending our niece’s wedding. I love my husband’s family, and want to dress appropriate to this lovely occasion. As I understand, now, saris can have pre-stitched pleats and very large hooks and eyes to make the wrapping and tucking easier and more secure. I purchased two new saris for the event, neither one has hooks and eyes or pre-stitched pleats. I know how a sari is wrapped, but I have had so little practice in recent years, I would feel so much better knowing I could just wrap and hook for a nice look, and have it stay securely in place, so I could just enjoy the evening. I have not been able to figure out if the hooks and eyes are placed on the sari or petticoat or both. There is a lovely Indian woman where I purchased my saris, her shop also provides a tailor. If I know how a sari is pre-stitched with pleats, and where the hooks and eyes are placed, her shop may be able to sew it for me. I would really appreciate any information. Thanks so much.