The Pattu Pavadai Davani is worn by south Indian teenage girls before they step into a full saree. It is the half-saree attire that Deepika Padukone wore in Chennai Express. The Pavadai Davani feels and flows like a sari with the drape over the shoulder, except that you don’t have to worry about losing the pleats because the bottom part is just a regular skirt.
With that adorable tinge of innocence, the half saree has made a big comeback in the lengha segment. I have lots of people coming to my boutique looking for “lengha saree.” Coming from a two-state background myself, I used to wear it to temples and cultural events when I was a teenager.
The Pavadai Davani is easy and versatile, and I prefer wearing the drape pulled to the back over the shoulders the South-Indian way, rather than the Gujarati front pallu drape. The South-Indian way creates a nicer silhouette, and, after Chennai Express, many have come to appreciate this drape. The half-saree (or lengha saree) has now become popular all over India.