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When you think of Maharashtrian attire, the first image that pops into your head is usually a woman wearing a Nauvari Saree
, right? Every Maharashtrian woman is proud of her Nauvari
sarees. Wearing a Nauvari saree to a puja (religious ritual), wedding, or any holiday such as Gudi Padwa, Ganeshotsav (Ganesh Chaturthi), Champa Shashti, or Narali Poornima is a necessity for any Marathi woman. This particular saree has some significant cultural importance in Maharashtra. The traditional Maharashtrian Nauvari saree measures 8-9 metres in length.
The term Nauvari refers to the usage of a nine-yard-long saree cloth. It is sometimes referred to as a Kashta or Lugade saree. The term 'Kashta' refers to the saree's dhoti-style draping. Nauvari sarees are cotton sarees that are worn without a petticoat. This lovely drape has something genuinely unique about it. As you may be aware, a petticoat is a long skirt-like piece of material worn beneath a saree to allow the saree to be draped and tucked into. However, with the passage of time, this traditional method of draping a Nauvari saree gave way to a new design that gives the saree a trouser-like look.
History of the 9-Yard Long Sheer:
The Nauvari saree is deeply rooted in Maharashtrian history and culture. According to legends, during the Maratha reign, women were assigned with the job of assisting their fellow male warriors. This is when they introduced the saree, which looks like a male pant when worn traditionally. The goal was to make women comfortable so that they can move easily. Since then, the Nauvari saree has become the typical Maharashtrian women's attire. It is also a symbol of man-woman equality through difficult times in the past.
Nauvari Saree Draping Styles:
Nauvari saree is one-of-a-kind traditional Maharashtrian attire for women. It will, however, take some practise to master how to drape it. So, there are two methods to drape a Nauvari Saree: traditional and koli.
Traditional Nauvari Saree: The traditional Maharashtrian Nauvari saree is worn without a petticoat and looks like a man's dhoti or wrapped trousers. Women wear a pallu to cover the upper half of their body.
Koli Nauvari Saree: The Koli tribe, too, adores the Nauvari saree, but they have a unique way of dressing the 9 yards of sheer elegance. They separate the saree into two sections, with one worn around the waist and the other covering the upper body. In the Maratha style, the saree is draped over the left shoulder, adding elegance to the wearer's motions.