Gracefully traditional yet timelessly sexy, the Maharashtrian Nauvari style of saree draping has survived generations with ease! With an appeal that’s hard to resist, Nauvari sarees have been a favourite with the Indian film industry.
From Madhuri Dixit to Deepika Padukone, our beloved Bollywood beauties have time and again wowed us in this rich and authentic Maharashtrian garment. And it’s not just the beauty of this garment that will leave you captivated, but also its history. Ready for some unknown facts about the Nauvari saree? Here you go!
1. It’s interesting to note that the Nauvari style saree has its roots in war. In earlier times, Maratha women fought battles alongside the men and felt the need for a garment that aided free movement. This idea gave birth to the Nauvari saree.
2. Popularly known as Nauvari, this Maharashtrian style saree is also known as Kaashtha, Sakachcha and Lugada.
3. The Nauvari gets its name from the saree’s length of nine yards.
4. The Nauvari saree is also referred to as Akanda Vastra as it need not be supported by any other garment. Unlike other sarees, it’s worn without a petticoat!
5. Traditionally, a woman who wore a Nauvari was looked upon with a lot of respect as this style covered both the shoulders and was introduced by Peshwa women.
6. How a Nauvari is worn? The centre of the saree is neatly placed at the back of the waist. The ends of the saree are tied in the front, and then the two ends are wrapped around the legs, giving it a dhoti-like look. The decorative ends of the saree are then draped over the shoulder and the upper body.
7. The Nauvari is worn differently in different regions. Brahmin women wear it in a knee-length fashion. Women from rural Pune and Satara and Kolhapur wear it to the ankle length, while the women from the Koli community wear the Nauvari in two pieces. The Nauvari is cut in two pieces. One piece is tied around the waist and the other is used to cover the upper half of the body like a dupatta.
8. Originally Nauvari sarees were made of pure cotton. However, nowadays, we can find these beauties in lustrous silks.