The kacha saree is also known as the kasta saree and is essentially a traditional saree worn by women in Indian state of Maharashtra. In this style of saree, the garment is draped and then tucked at the back in order to create the illusion of wearing pants. Due to the fact that this style of saree actually uses a single cloth that measures 9 yards, it is also known as the Nauvari (which means nine yards in Marathi) saree, which is the most commonly used colloquial term for this style of saree.
When wondering how to wear a kacha saree, it’s best to keep in mind that there are two types of drapes or draping styles that can be used. In the most traditional form of this saree, women do not wear a petticoat under the garment (as is the case with every other style of saree in India).
When the sari is draped, it is ensured that the central point of the garment ends up at the back of the waist of the woman and the end portions of the garments are tied securely together, thus eliminating the need for a petticoat altogether. This style of draping originated because women working in fields needed a way to be able to wear their traditional attire without the garment getting soiled.
Draping Kacha Saree
These borders can also be draped across the torso. However, this is not the only way to drape this garment. In a slightly more unconventional twist to this ensemble, the Koli-style drape is a great way for modern women to wear this saree while striving to create a statement.
In this style, saree is cut into two halves where one is worn around the lower body and the other is draped around the torso. This style was invented by the women of the Koli tribe in Maharashtra. This style is seen less commonly on the streets, which is one of the things that make it slightly exotic even to Indians.
When it comes to a kacha saree, draping styles are what define this garment the most. Without either tucking it around the back of the waist in the traditional manner or cutting it into two in the Koli style, a 9-yard saree worn cannot be classified as this type of saree.
With a kacha style saree, the point of the garment is to highlight the traditional Maharashtrian culture and this style, though worn mostly by older women, is now being adopted more and more by younger women in the state who want to keep the traditions and aesthetics alive.
A kaccha sari usually incorporates bold designs or patterns that are meant to stand out even against the unusual style of draping. More often than not, they contain a thick border which is usually gold colored and has a very metallic sheen to it. This border is prevalent on the sleeves as well as the bottom half of the garment. One of the most commonly used colors for this saree is green, though it can be any other color as well as there is no hard and fast rule regarding the color itself.
While with any regular saree the emphasis is put on the fall of the garment, with the kacha saree, the emphasis is on the pants like shape that is created by the legs of the woman and the overall draping style of the saree itself. This is why, footwear should usually be flat such as flat V-shaped footwear or strappy flat sandals that highlight the bottom half of the saree.
Though modern women prefer wearing high-heeled shoes in order to look taller and more elegant, traditionally this garment is mostly worn with flat footwear and kolhapur chappals to create a more ethnic look. This is mainly because these shoes also originate from Maharashtra and can, therefore, go a long way in recreating that aura.
Maharastrian jewelry is an extremely common form of the accessory when it comes to styling this saree. These jewelry items tend to have studded stones that are available in different colors and are set over a gold base. One of the most quintessentially Maharashtrian jewelry forms is the slightly large nose ring worn by women in this state and this can be used to accessorize the entire outfit and create an authentic ethnic ensemble. Other than this, necklaces, as well as earrings,
Other than this, necklaces, as well as earrings, can also be worn if the garment is being worn to an extremely formal event. Wearing just the nose ring along with a few toe rings is good enough as the garment itself is bound to draw every eye in the room.