Saris: the best resource for draping saris is Chantal Boulanger’s book. But if you want a quick-and-dirty primer on the most common draping style (nivi) and a few bonus options, go to sarisafari.com. She also imports and sells some beautiful saris, if you don’t live near an Indian district.
YouTube has some excellent additional videos. A drape that I’m particularly fond of is the fishtail, shown here. There are fantastic text explanations here, from a SCA person whose character is a 14-1600’s dancer in India. She includes a description of how to go to the bathroom without undraping the whole thing, which I have found useful for both sari and some dhoti styles.
1. here‘s a good solid basic video in English.
2. this is a slightly different style (make sure it stays closed in front!)
3. and here‘s a video for Kshatryia (warrior caste) style. I find this a very practical drape for getting things done. The crossed front on this style avoids the gapping-open-fly problem that sometimes comes with style 2. Style 1 manages this by draping the pleats in front of the opening.
All three of these dhoti styles can use the toilet as described in the fishtail drape description. Nivi sari drapes don’t have that problem, of course, they’re just like skirts. Now there are three more variations on the bifurcated sari drape, done with the longer 9 yard sari instead of the usual 6 yards