The purpose of this blog is not to feed consumerism.
The goal is not to create clones of myself, or to dress everyone as mannequins with latest trends like window dressing. The goal is to inspire, to make people take pride in repeating clothes, to spark creativity in repurposing what they already own, to buy things that really add value to your closet and to cultivate style versus hoarding.
I firmly believe saree is neither a ceremonial attire nor just a relic from the past. It’s “The” garment of the future. It can be cool, it can be comfortable, it can be chic. I believe a saree makes you humble in your confidence and courageous in your character. I love messing around with my six yards, I love my handlooms. A drape is like a poem, play with the words and get your own creation. So if you got a saree, wrap it, unwrap it and wrap it again.
The saree also compensates for any physical shortcomings. It gives fullness to the thin figure and is equally good at camouflaging extra fat when required—something Western clothes cannot aspire to.
From the history lane :
Historians trace the beginning of the saree to approximately 1500 BC and later. The manner of wearing a saree in those days varied among classes and occupations, and from region to region. Women of the higher classes wore two garments, one for the upper body, and another for the lower. Some would wear a bodice, breast-band, or shawl to cover the upper body. When worn separately, the lower garment was either wrapped as a full skirt and held at the waist with a girdle, or wrapped with pleats at the back. Women of the lower class and courtesans appear to have been bare-breasted.
In ancient India, saree was essentially a functional garment. Tribal women wore it tied high up to their knees so that it would not get stuck in the shrubs while they were out collecting firewood. Fisherwomen in coastal India wore it like a pair of shorts to allow them easy movement in the water. However, as the garment lost its functional element and shifted towards pure aesthetics, it lost its appeal among young women, who instead opted for easier garments like pants and skirts.
The saree-clad woman is both dignified and alluring, honorable and sensual.
The saree forges a strong link between the lives of women across the country, be they leaders, activists,
and professionals, or homemakers, mothers, students, and laborers.
Happy Sareeing !