I read this article through a Facebook post Pallu, pleat, power and couldn’t stop smiling :):)
Today is Monday and I pull out my uniform, another beautiful sari and get to work. I fell in love with saris very early in life. The first time I ever wore a sari was in Shillong and Kalyan started calling me “chinna Mami” or “little aunt” and Ramesh came up quietly to compliment me saying I looked pretty. This was in class 8, or when I was 13 years old. Then we wore many different saris during dance performances or while singing patriotic songs. I still remember participating in a “Bihu” dance in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Happy Valley and the teacher had got her own Assamese Mekhla sari for me to wear – so beautiful that I am still waiting to buy a replica. Then in college I learnt to wear the sari by myself and would wear them on special occasions. I still remember Padma saying Vidya and I looked beautiful in our respective saris. I learnt about the Mysore silk sari that day… My mother always wore sarees, have never seen her in any other dress. Have taken many of her silks to wear, as they are so beautiful.
I started working in 1990 and except for a year and a half in Pizza corner where we had to wear our uniform, my uniform to work has been a sari. There have been some days in other firms where I have worn something other than a sari, but those were just a few days. I feel wonderful draping a sari around me, and nothing looks better on me. A sari hides your flaws and brings out the best, if draped right. A sari never goes out of fashion, change the drape and it can go from formal to informal, to party, to mandir visit, to any occasion. I am a bit of an anamoly in the corporate world, as many women today prefer wearing western formals or the salwar kameez. Nothing against either of those garments, but the elegance that a sari bestows on the wearer is something else. Then there are ethnic days just before an important festival and you can see all the young women wearing saris and looking awesome !! Ofcourse for me it’s a regular day at work 🙂
A big complaint against wearing a sari everyday to work is, that it takes time. Actually it takes five minutes, at best ten. The sheer variety in fabric is mind boggling – cotton, crepe, chiffon, silk, organza, lace, silk-cotton mix, cotton-polyester mix, Mulmul, satin… And each of the fabrics has further variety, so the combination is just fascinating. I have a map of India with different sari types mentioned on it and the region where these types are weaved. I still remember Jaya Jaitley’s comment in a Barkha Dutt show on fashion, “why complain about size, just wear sarees, they are always free size and all you need to change is the blouse.” … So true. I have saris older than me and they are still wearable and infact the older the silk, the better it’s quality.
I just loved the article above as it echoes my feelings exactly… A sari makes me walk in beauty, feeling beautiful and feeling graceful. Waiting for the sari comeback as a daily wear, not just a festive occasional wear.