A fashionable way to drape the Assamese Mekhla-Chador, a three-piece outfit (blouse, skirt & veil) like a saree / half-saree.
The original Assamese mekhla drape like in the Bihu dance has the pleats of the skirt facing right instead of left and the chador has a couple of triangular pleats on the end that's tucked into the skirt; watch this video to learn how to do that: http://youtube.com/watch?v=iuAlZYhPgOA. Saree tying is all about following the traditions yet experimenting with different permutations of it!
How to make a Mekhla-Chador from a Saree: if you have a traditional looking old saree in silk or banarasi with elaborate borders and 6-yards long, you can cut out about 2½ meters of the saree from the non-pallu end, to make the cylindrical shaped mekhla skirt (see in the video how it looks). The remainder of the saree (about 3m of fabric) from the pallu end, which is the decorative part of the saree can be used as the mekhla chador or dupatta. Of course, you can use the original saree blouse to go with your new mekhla drape. Hope this helps. Good luck with experimenting fashion and fusion drapes!
Videographer: Stacy Das
Video editor & tutor: Baisakhi Saha