I simply love everything about my grandma – Aaji !! Whether it is her milk-smooth skin, her ghee-laden rotis, her long hair, her gossips…everything…
But one thing I didn’t like about her and that was her Nauvari Saree!! OhSoImpossibleToWear…:D
By the way, Nauvari Saree; also known as Kashthaa Saree; is the typical Maharashtrian style of a saree drape. It has straight nine-yards-of-cloth hence the name “Nauvari”.
I guess in the initial decades of 1900s all Marathi women must be wearing this drape only. My Aaji told me that she started wearing it as a 13-year old…wow!! If you watch those BW Marathi movies, actresses used to wear Nauvari all the time.
Roughly speaking, Nauvari looks like a dhoti from below and has a pallu on top. It has a few variations like Koli style and Lavni style etc. made popular by Bollywood songs. The latest Bollywood flick that will present Nauvari in all its glory should be “Bajirao Mastani” by Sanjay Leela Bhansali..Priyanka Chopra’s Kashibai in all probabilities will renew the Nauvari wave.
My relationship with Nauvari or for that matter with Saree is always complicated. I don’t wear sarees much and Nauvari? no ways!! In my college, I had worn it once. My Aaji’s mango-colored silk Nauvari. Beautiful saree but I must be looking like a scarecrow wearing that…LOL!
All this stuff am mentioning because recently I tried to make friends with the Nauvari saree. There was one threading ceremony in the family and my cousin sis insisted that we all should wear Nauvari…Ahem ahem..
She in fact took the responsibility of getting it “stitched” for me..Aha! now that sounds interesting..”Stitched” or “Ready-to-Wear” means no headache of wearing it..just wear like a salwar and done!! She got the readymade blouse also for me. Places like Pune / Dombivali have many shops where you can get it stitched in various materials like Narayanpeth, semi-silk, paithani etc.
When I went to India to attend the ceremony, I was damn sure that Nauvari will look like a balloon on me (or rather I will look like a balloon in it :P)..was also thinking that what if the measurements given by me are wrong etc.
On the actual day, when I wore it, I was pleasantly surprised. This “Stitched Nauvari” was looking AWESOME!! so comfortable, so classy and in fact it was making me look quite trim…I accessorized it with chandrakor bindi, nath, pearls tanmani, peacock tattoo, kamarpatta and it looked really cool…
Here are some pics to show how stitched Nauvari looks like…
Do consider wearing it next time…as an alternative to usual Saree, as a fashion, for saving age-old tradition… 🙂 🙂
Till then listen to these songs where Nauvari rocks!!