Saris can be worn in different ways. The Front Pleats are basic to Northern and Nivi style:
The upper, inner edge of the sari is tucked in at the right front hip with the left
hand, and the upper border tucked around the waist into the petticot stringband. One half to two thirds of the cloth are pleated
with the left hand, and then tucked into the petticot waistband.
Fig1. Front Pleats
The remaining cloth is passed around the left hip and draped over the right shoulder from
the back. The left corner of the endpiece is tucked into the petticot waistband at the left back hip. The cloth draping the
shoulder and back is pulled over the head so that it rests like a veil.
The remaining cloth is passed around the left back to the right hip where the endpiece is pleated
so that it will be narrow enough to rest on the shoulder. The endpiece is draped over the front left shoulder so the end hangs
down the back. In the Tamil version, the hanging end is wrapped around the waist from the right front side and tucked in at
the left hip waist.
All Kachchha drapes require an 8-10 metre sari, and no petticot is used. The
upper border is first tied tightly around the waist before the front pleats are created. The central point of the pleated
fabric is pulled backwards at the hem between the legs and tucked into the sari "waistband". The remainder is wrapped and
draped in a manner similar to the nivi style.
Fig4. Maharashtrain Kachchha