An emotional love letter to my 6 yard saree

Few days back I was trying to bring some order into my overloaded wardrobe, I realized something odd. I noticed that among all the jeans, skirts and dresses (and believe me, it’s quite a large number I’m talking about) Sarees were totally missing. How come, I asked myself? As when I rejoined my office after my 3 months of maternity leaves I use to wear saree 6 days a week to my office, the reason was pretty simple I put on lot of weight that all my outfits like salwar suit and jeans were too tight and uncomfortable and I was not ready to spend my coins for XXL size clothes as I wanted to be in my pre-pregnancy shape as soon as possible. (It was kind of challenge I took myself).

But what happened to me later when I came back in my pre-pregnancy size I return to my western dresses again! After some reflection, I figured that most versatile garment of any in the world, saree is still the victim of a great fashion prejudice, they’re not supposed to be flattering, they’re not supposed to be very trendy, and they’re not supposed to be chic.How wrong I am! They can be all of that and even more.Time to look at sarees from a fresh new angle, we need to wrap them around as a new wearable romance.

If you are still thinking with your fixed rigid beliefs! I am trying a bit to help you out.

I don’t wear saree because I feel naked and people might take me wrong

Chantal Boulanger (Famous anthropologist) writes on this expressively:
“Educated Indians are nowadays associate nudity with the loose morals attributed to Westerners, and they have fully adopted the views of Moslems and Victorian Britons that the only way to control sexuality is to hide women’s body.” If you look at the history Sarees were used to intensify a woman’s body in such a way in which no shirt, dress, or maybe trousers tunic can. it’s not created to cover the body in, it’s created to emphasize (or even create) a waist, with breasts and hips sensuously arched diver-gently outward.

But at the end, I feel it’s a Woman who decides what should wear and how, which makes her look confident and beautiful with freedom from judgment and restriction.

I don’t wear saree because in a saree, I looked passably desi

 Above: image One of India’s most elegant, independent and modern Maharanis, Gayatri Devi

She was once named as the “World’s ten most Beautiful Women”.  In the forties to the sixties, she was an eye-catching fashion icon. She is Rajmata Gayatri Devi. Her style was flawless – chiffon sarees draped, pallu over her head and a string of pearls and emeralds.

If you feel you don’t look trendy and modish, experiment with your drape style despite dozens of possible drapes, most wearers adopt the Nivi drape: over the left shoulder and pleated in front. Let’s come out from your defined zone you will surprise yourself in a new voguish way.

I don’t wear saree because I feel trapped and almost breathless with those blouses

There’s an evolution towards experimentation, and the same I have tried to show in my below pics.

 Above: image Raw Mango blouse from the Shaher collection

Above: image Rahul Mishra Amazon India Couture Week 2015

 

Above: image Amazon India Fashion Week 2017 by Viral Bhayani

Are you still going with your preconceived notion when thinking of a blouse? Gone are the days when we had to struggle with just those too much-fitted blouse, Time has changed and even fashion editorials have also been featuring all manner of garments as saree blouses. You can feel as comfortable in a saree and blouse as you are in your western outfit, and this trend has surely been initiated by our younger generation who don’t want to wear that breathless fitted blouse.

Let your thoughts fly high and play with this element without any set boundaries.

I don’t wear saree because it takes so much of time, I am in rush

Yes, we are in hurry. Life has speeded up!!

We speak faster than our parents.

We write faster and use more shorthand techniques.
We want an instant response from our machines.
We want to travel faster.
We want to eat faster.
We want to learn faster
we want excellence in our relationships faster.
We want to achieve our goals faster.
We want to play faster.
We want to pack more into our day. &

We want to dress faster

Most of this is related to the Western lifestyle.
Westerners will commonly and in a complimentary way states- how relaxed many non-western countries are. This generally refers to them not being in a constant hurry.

It is not a case of faster being better; often it is worse. The pressure of speed and time comes at a cost. Many social problems are the result of not being able to do what is expected of you in the time available.

I don’t wear saree because they are very inconvenient: Pleats go here, pallu goes there

 

Above: image Lata Mangeshkar  

“Fashion didn’t evade me; I avoided it. If I wished, I could have been a fashion diva too, but I was never comfortable with wearing short and tight dresses”. Says legendary Lata Mangeshkar.

What I don’t understand is, if girls (and even boys) are trained to wear traditional dresses in their teenage, will they still have the same opinion?

I personally feel- If my parents would have given me a saree at my teenage, I probably would have trained perfectly to carry it easily in any situation. And sooner or later I would have then explored many comfortable ways to wear it.

After all, your mothers and grandmothers wouldn’t be comfy in clothes other than saree like jeans/tops or even churidhars, will they? It’s all about comfort which comes with familiarity. Wear it often enough – in the sun, in the rain, while traveling, cooking, sleeping, sweeping a floor … And you will see how comfortable it really is … Yes, I love my jeans, skirts, Salwars, patialas. But for me, for emotional comfort, I always turn to the saree.

In below pics, i have tried to show how we can play with one saree in so many ways.

It is every individual woman’s responsibility to take out time and wear a saree, and I am gonna do it. I will make saree as the most comfortable attire for me. It is we who should promote our unique culture, then might be on someday fashion business would change its side and market may offer a ready-made hassle-free sarees to wear daily. And every woman on the globe would like to look as elegant as Indian female look in the sarees.

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4 Comments
  1. Thanks for this blog…..
    Keep writing

  2. It’s a very well attempt by you for all Indian ladies ..Very well written.. Looking ahead for your more blogs

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