Celebrating the Saree

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I grew up in a big joint family where women of the house wore sarees on a daily basis as compared to wearing it sparingly now. A sari or saree which consists of a drape typically wrapped around the waist, with one end over the shoulder; is one of the many traditional and most popular outfits worn among women in South Asia. The draping styles in wearing a saree may vary in different parts of India.

As a child, I would get lured to my mother’s wardrobe which overflowed with different kinds of sarees. She would often talk about her collection that ranged from the cotton weaves and synthetic sarees for daily wear to Chiffons and Georgettes for formal occasions and Silks during the winters. The sarees till today are meticulously arranged in her wardrobe.

I however, wear sarees during festivals, weddings and special occasions. My tryst with saree began when I had to wear one for my high school Farewell. I chose a ‘blush pink’ chiffon with sequined flowers sewed all over it. This particular saree later became a hit among my cousins who wore it to their own Farewells. I remember it was an an exciting night as we gathered at a friend’s place before heading out to the event. For us, it was like foraying into the adult world as we thought then.  How little we knew that there is more to this adult world than just wearing beautiful sarees.

With the recent popularity of the #100sareepact (you must have seen it on Facebook), sarees have become a medium to tell your story. As I write this post on a Saturday morning, hours before my sister sent me pictures of her recent college farewell, I can’t help but think about all the times I wore a saree and what it meant to me. While trends keep coming and going, this piece of garment is timeless and elegant. If I can say so, a saree is like the LBD (little black dress) of an Indian fashionista.

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