Saris, or sharees, depending on your accent:
We’ve had a couple of sari wearing days recently. The first sari above is a local cotton, loosely woven but heavily starched with rice water. It’s rather difficult to wear because of all the starch. The second sari is also somewhat difficult to drape, because it’s embroidered, appliqued, and has sequin trim. I guess I know how to pick ’em.
Another difficulty here is that the Bangladeshi way of draping sari is different than the western Indian way I’d learned before, and requires a lot of pins to get it right it seems. At least 2 are required. Because I’m inept, I go to the local salon to get draped. The wedding sari took 30 minutes to put on (just adding to the fun of the evening, yessirree).
3 thoughts on “…Wearing Sari”
I wore sari quite a few times with my Peace Corps adventures. They have three different styles of wearing it in Sri Lanka— and only once did it wrap correctly where I could walk and move like a cloud of gorgeous fabric was hovering around me. The other times it looked good from the outside, but too much walking turned it into a straightjacket for the legs. I did love seeing all the lovely saris colors drying on the lines on wash days, though. And the two that you have chosen are quite beautiful! The woven pattern is very unique! WIll you get to wear either again?
I hope I will be able to wear them again, if I do, it will probably be outside this country… so I’ll be free to wrap it in the slightly less complicated style. The local sari is pretty tiny though, and might not be big enough to wear regularly. I might have to turn it into something artistic. It’s a traditional pattern here, so everyone was exceptionally excited when I wore it. I did feel a bit like a hick (or a political extremist, apparently) that day though, in my traditional sari, when all the local people were wearing extravagant Indian silk saris, rather than traditional ones. 🙂
Trying to gage sari fashions is so funny! “Oh, the wide band trim was so ‘this year'” “Yes, that color was very popular a while back”. I had a very beautiful sari that was Japanese fabric. I had one that was cotton and woven and so comfortable and lovely and it was commented how ‘provincial’ it looked. I just went for what I loved and figured I was gonna stand out no matter, so I at least would have fun with them when I needed to wear one. As far as repurposing a sari…hmmm… maybe as room divider curtains? or throw pillow covers? I am curious to know what you end up doing with them.