Traditionally, a petticoat is a necessary addition when wearing a saree; a petticoat not only gives structure to the saree but it also holds it in place. Saree petticoats usually match the saree in color and are made from satin or cotton.
Saree, petticoat and blouse styles and materials vary depending on the regional tradition and the occasion where it is to be worn. The petticoat refers to the long skirt worn under the saree. It is an essential undergarment to hold the saree in place.
Wearing a petticoat with a saree is vital to its drape and structure. The saree is a long, draping fabric measuring about 6 to 9 yards in length. The first component is the Pallu, which is the most decorative part draping the shoulder. The body or middle part of the saree is where the pleats are made and secured by tucking them into the petticoat. The petticoat holds the pleats in place. The edge of the Pallu drape can also be tucked into the petticoat. There are online video tutorials available to further assist with folding, pleating and tucking the saree into the petticoat.
A petticoat or underskirt should be paired with a saree, be fitted and stiff at the waistline with either elastic or a drawstring and reach the ankle in length.