Put on the sari jacket. Ensure the underskirt is tightened around the waist.
Take the opposite end of the head-piece (pallu). Make pleats of about four inches. Place the pleats over the left shoulder, allowing them to reach the ankle. Secure the pleats first on the blouse with a pin. Adjust the pleats covering the upper body as desired.
Tie a cord around the waist, which would further secure the pleats. Make sure the cord is firm.
Take the sari from the right side, gently easing the sari through the cord to fall outward to form a frill around the waist.
Once the frill is formed, the rest of the cloth is taken around the waist, methodically tucking into the cord. Secure with pins. Make sure the sari reaches the ankle after it is tucked into the cord.
The drape ends in front with the head-piece or pallu facing forward and ending at the right foot. This too must be secured with a pin at the waist.