Madisar Draping - Iyengar Style 9 yards Kanchipuram Silk

Madisar Draping - Iyengar Style 9 yards Kanchipuram Silk

Vijayalakshmi Ganesh
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Madisar Draping – Iyengar Style

Learn how to drape a 10 yard or 9 yard saree in the classic madisar saree draping style as worn by Iyengar Brahmins in Tamil Nadu, illustrated in steps and in the video below is Madisar Draping - Iyengar Style.


Step 1. Wrap inner end of sari around waist clockwise and tie knot at right waist

Step 2. Lift lower border of inner end-piece and tuck in at left waist

Step 3. Make 5-6 pleats from right free end of the sari

Step 4. Spread out pleats across front and tuck in.

Step 5. Bring free end of sari around waist anti clockwise under right arm

Step 6. Gather 2-3 diagonal pleats from free end of sari and tuck into left waist

Step 7. Take free end of sari front to back between legs.

Step 8. Tuck in at centre back waist upto 12 inches

Step 9. Bring free end of sari around waist anticlockwise and throw over left shoulder.


Outer end-piece may be brought in front under right arm and tucked into left waist.

This style of draping makes the sari extremely practical for day to day chores and gives the flexibility and coverage that a salwar kameez or pant gives for the wearer. The free flowing nature of the drape allows for easy ventilation and this enhances the comfort of the sari even in hot climes. 

The Madisar draping - iyengar style of wearing 9 yard and 10 yard kanchipuram silk sarees is very popular in south India, and is the prefered draping style for auspiscious occasions like weddings, religious ceremonies and poojas. In fact in weddings, the bride and her family drapes sarees in the madisar style for the muhurtham function.

We have a range of exclusive 10 yard kanchipuram silk sarees in our collection, for such occasions and functions. The saris are also available at our store in Mylapore, Chennai.

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