“The Fluid Zine” is a how-to learning guide on draping the unstitched Sari.
I have recently published “The Fluid Zine”. It is a one of a kind book that will teach you how to wear a Saree in 5 unique drapes that are functional, versatile and chic. It has some amazing art in it drawn by a young artist coupled with content that has never been published before. I am sure it will inspire you to wear the Sari!
The book is simple to follow, offers styling options and also doubles up as a colouring book! Each drape instruction comes with options on how to customise the drape to suit your taste, personality and mood. The book is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
The book is available for online purchase here.
Want to know more about the drapes you will learn? Keep reading and get inspired!
The dress drape is one that I am particularly proud of. I was meeting a friend at Starbucks and wanted to wear a Sari without the attention it begets in other drapes. I literally closed my eyes and envisioned a dress. Once opened, my eyes guided my hands and lo and behold, I improvised a new drape within minutes!
Odisha Pants drape
Odisha pants drape as the name suggests finds its origins in the state of Odisha. It was worn by the Odissi dance community who need freedom of movement. The drape can further be modified to a jumpsuit, and a pair of pants or shorts.
The drape is comfortable and allows for fast strides. It is perfect for those who wish to ride a bike in a Sari! I have even run a 10k Pinkathon race in a modified pants drape (pic below).
The Madhubani drape is originally from Bihar. It was worn by the rural community of North Bihar. The peplum pleats are a functional way of raising the height of the Sari to aid the wearer. The drape is traditionally worn with a Seedha palla (popularly known as the Gujarati pallu).
The drape is simple and allows for versatility in that it can be modified into a gown, a Sari drape and even a skirt. I usually complement the drape with a Sari that has a contrasting border.
One shoulder drape
The one-shouldered drape is inspired by the Yakshagana Parvati Kase drape from Karnataka. The Yakshagana drape is worn with a nine-yard Sari. I improvised the nine-yard drape to a five yard so as to make it accessible for those who may not have a nine yard Sari in their collection yet.
The drape is smart, comfortable and versatile. It can be worn with a sweater, a t-shirt, a blouse and even without a bra! It is perfect for those hot humid summers in most of India.
The skirt drape is the most simple drapes in my repertoire. With the right accessories it can be a formal as well as an informal drape. I pair this drape with sweaters, t-shirts, and crop tops. 99 out of 100 times, people do not notice I am wearing a Sari.