If you don't know how to wear a saree, shame on you: Sabyasachi Mukherjee to Indian women
Well, we don't agree!
You would probably be familiar with the name Sabyasachi Mukherjee. He is one of the most popular designers in India. If not, then you would have heard his name during Anuhska Sharma-Virat Kohli wedding. He was the genius behind the duo's stunning ensemble and the actress's wedding trousseau. Anyhow, the designer is back in the news. This time for making a rather disappointing remark. Recently, he attended the Harvard India Conference where he said this: "I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a saree, I would say shame on you. It's a part of your culture, (you) need stand up for it."
This was directed at the women of Indian heritage in the audience. The designer was trying to make a point about the popularity of the saree and the approach of Indian women towards it. Needless to say, he missed it completely.
Yes, saree is an integral part of the Indian culture but not every Indian woman wears it or knows how to. This doesn't make her any less Indian than Mr. Mukherjee himself.
If you grew up in Bengal at the time I was growing up, sometime between late seventies and early eighties, you would know that the consumer was the designer. I spent hours watching my mother and her friends stretching organdy sarees over hand frames and hand painting exotic blooms on them. More often than not, they would match the blooms in their sarees to the real blooms on their hair. Talk about style! This is my homage to them. My mother and all her Bengal art school friends. What they lacked in terms of resources, they always over compensated with imagination. That is the true art of dressing well and good housekeeping! #Sabyasachi #TheWorldOfSabyasachi #TheSabyasachiArtFoundation #DeepikaPadukone #AsianPaints #Nilaya #SabyasaschixAsianPaints #SabyasachiForNilaya @worldofnilaya @asianpaints @deepikapadukone
Moreover, he didn't just stop there. He even questioned why Indian women choose to wear western outfit when they can wear sarees.
"Women and men are trying very hard to be something that they are not. Your clothing should be a part of who you are and connect you to your roots. It's a relationship of misunderstanding. It's easy to wear a saree. Wars have been fought in saree. Grandmothers have slept in saree and have woken up without any folds to it," he continued.
True! For some women it is easy to wear a saree. Those who are used to wearing one. However, there are women who don't feel comfortable or can walk around with ease in a saree. Should they be ashamed of themselves? No.
There are thousand other things that help in keeping a woman/person close to their culture. If men don't have to wear a lungi to prove their patriotism, neither should women.
In fact, Twitterati hold the same opinion. Here's what some people have to say about saree being associated with 'Indianness.'
This is insult to all Indian Women. Sabyasachi should apologise to Indian women. A country where Guthhi, Nani and Palak know how to wear a saree, how did he assume that woman wouldn't know.— ?????? ???? (@luckysaluja) February 12, 2018
(If you don’t know how to wear a saree, shame on you: Sabyasachi to Indian women) Like really?? I may not know how to wear a Saree but it doesn't mean I am less Indian or I don't respect my culture. I can't say about the rest, but at least I don't think like that ??— Priyanka Bhatt (@iPriyankaBhatt) February 12, 2018
Well, sir, i am unduly fond of the saree, and wear it as often as i can. I also really admire sabyasachi ji and his work. That said, shouldn't there be deeper engagement with the comment that the dhoti is dead?— Tarinee (@tarinee467) February 12, 2018
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