Karnataka

Halaki Vokkaliga Drape

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This drape is worn by tribal agriculturalists who are often mendicants. It is distinguished by its many pleats concealed within a smooth outer drape.


  • Sari Length 5.5 meters / 6 yards
  • Sari Courtesy of Taanbaan
  • Sari Detail 100% cotton, khadi (handspun and handloom)
  • Blouse Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan
  • Associate Producer Good Earth
How-to Drape Instructions
  1. Double knot sari at right waist with inner end in front.
  2. Make up to 3 small pleats with outer end and tuck in at right waist.
  3. Make up to 3 small pleats with outer end and tuck in at center front waist.
  4. Make up to 3 small pleats with outer end and tuck in at left waist.
  5. Measure center back, and make up to 3 small pleats with outer end and tuck in at center back waist.
  6. Make up to 3 small pleats with outer end and tuck in at right waist.
  7. Make up to 12 large pleats with outer end and tuck in at center front waist.
  8. Pull gently to fan pleats across center waist.
  9. Bring remaining outer end one full round anticlockwise.
  10. Drape pallu across chest, bring back to front over right shoulder and knot edge of pallu with front drape.

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