The Parsi New Year, also known as Navroz marks the beginning of the Iranian calendar. ‘Nav’ stands for new, and ‘Roz’ stands for the day, which literally translates to ‘new day’. The tradition is said to have been celebrated for the past 3 millennia (3 thousand years), and is observed by Iranians and the Parsi communities around the world.
Navroz is most prominently celebrated in Maharashtra and Gujarat in India on account of a large Parsi population living there. Navroz falls in the month of August as per the Gregorian calendar and is being celebrated on August 16 this year.
At the celebrations every year, many Parsi women wear a traditional Gara saree. These sarees are known for the intricate embroidery and mesmerising motifs, and it is a part of their rich tradition.
Talking about the special embroidery on the Gara saree, Charu Khanna, a Delhi-based fashion designer said, “Parsi embroidery is famously known as painting in threads. It is usually a classic intricately embroidered georgette saree.”
Elaborating on the special floral embroidery over the Gara sarees, Khanna said, “The hand-embroidered saree has 3.5 inch-wide birds with floral embroidered borders and pallav with a gorgeous bird and floral jaal all over.”
The fashion designer shared a tutorial on how to drape the Gara saree which is specially worn on the auspicious occasion of Navroz.
Take a dekko:
Step 1: The Basic Tuck
This means exactly what it sounds like. Basically, the saree is tucked around you in one circle. This is a basic step of almost every draping method.
Step 2: The Pallu
The pallu is the part of the saree that is draped over your shoulder. In this drape, unlike the Nivi drape, the pallu is draped from under your left arm, over your right shoulder like a Gujarati saree. The pallu should reach your ankle.
Step 3: The Pleating
After adjusting the drape of your pallu, you will pleat the rest of the fabric. To pleat your saree, hold one end between your index and middle fingers and one end by your thumb, pinky finger and your ring finger. Now start making pleats till you reach the end of that remaining fabric. Tuck these pleats into the centre of your waist and pin it in place.
Step 4: The Parsi Twist
After you have tucked your pleats in and adjusted your pallu, take one end of your pallu and bring it in front of you from behind your back. Next, tuck that corner in the side of the waist.
These sarees look the most elegant with simple jewellery like some pearl accessories. Wearing your hair in a neat bun will highlight the intricate embroidery on the pallu too.
— with ANI inputs
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