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Agreed nothing can beat the look of a sari, the most elegant and sensuous piece of clothing. The sari can rarely go wrong on any occasion but on a couple of recent occasions I am forced to say, it has gone HORRIBLY wrong!
A normal sari measures 6 yards in length, which is draped around waist in such a way that anyone who wears it looks so feminine, maybe even sexy, remember a Mandakini in Ram Teri Ganga Maili or for that matter a stalwart like Zeenat Aman in a Satyam Shivam Sundaram? They have branded sensuousness!
Has the sari made a comeback in a big way? Or has it gone horribly wrong? Many designers I’m told include a sari in their designer collection. Well, I would credit some of them with totally mutilating this lovely garment which is rightfully Indian!
Sari is the only outfit in which a woman is draped all over and still looks super sensuous and not vulgar at all. It reveals as much as it hides. A perfectly draped sari can make you look ravishing and out of the world but a clumsy draped one will make you look hideous and will bring down your personality. Experiments with the 6-yard rectangular unstitched piece of cloth, gives birth to a new style- Thanx to this mutilation, today, there are hundreds of styles.
I quote from an article in The Hindu by Prabalika Borah where she says “The sari was definitely given its due importance when 30 year old American businesswoman actor musician, Paris Hilton wore a red monotone sari for an event” My question do these women wearing our traditional outfits in the mutilated manner in which they do make us revere it or feel sorry? Sari in the limelight! When the William sisters or Oprah Winfrey wore it? Excuse me! Grotesque isn’t the word to describe how it was draped around a humongous structure! Some of the mutilations by the westerners have redefined and branded the word grotesque!
The Anna Kournikovas, the Gagas or the Elizabeth Hurleys insist on wearing scraps of cloth and changing the entire meaning of our lovely sari…Imagine a Mayawati in a mini skirt or short off shoulder gown! Maybe even Amma or Didi in a pair of hip hugging slacks! I shudder at the very thought of it! That’s the same sorry look these visitors have when they try and emulate our traditional garment!
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The traditional outfit for Indian women has been a sari. It is never out of fashion and is always an evergreen dressing for Indian women. Today in the hectic lives of Indian working women, it has become an occasional dress, but the love for sari has not decreased at all.
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