Design Museum Academy Adult Workshop

Workshop: Sari Draping

Experiment with different drapes, learn how to style and wear a sari with confidence and discover how the modern sari has evolved and been transformed by a new generation.


Future Drape exhibition by Friday Sari Project with Raw Mango Sari

What to expect

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn a classic sari drape as well as approximately 3 different sari drapes including a trouser style.

Sari is an unstitched garment, which means you are free to wear it however you want to. There are over 100 different documented sari drapes to discover. You will learn how to recreate a sari for today's day and age and to suit your personality and wardrobe.

This workshop will teach how to use the Sari as modern day garment, incorporating personal styling and expression.

You can bring and work on your own sari if you wish to, although we will have saris available to borrow. You will be draping on yourself so it is advisable to wear comfortable clothes during the workshop.

Please note:
This workshop is suitable for all genders.

This workshop includes same-day access to The Offbeat Sari exhibition.

All materials and light refreshments will be provided.


Mehala Ford

Ford is the Founder of Friday Sari Project Store and it was he first of its kind in the UK to showcase fashion and culture from South East Asia through a concept store and event space. With a desire to wear sari in casual daily style, she embarked on a journey of discovery exploring sari drape in 2016. Through researching sari, Ford connected with a scene of contemporary designers and creatives from India and Sri Lanka.

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Booking information

Adult: £50
Early bird adult: £45
Student: £44
Early bird student: £40
Members: £40
Early bird members: £36

This workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

This workshop includes same-day access to The Offbeat Sari exhibition.

Early bird tickets are available until 21 May.

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

Related exhibition

The Offbeat Sari

A new exhibition celebrating the contemporary sari, bringing together the finest creations of our time from designers, wearers and craftspeople in India.

Background image: Future Drape exhibition by Friday Sari Project - Sari by Norblack Norwhite Shimma.