Up for wearing 100 saris in 365 days
Embracing the six-yard wonder as daily wear gets easy if you’re part of this global movement which is attracting women of all age groups
Browse through any Indian woman’s wardrobe, one is sure to find at least one colourful sari if not rows of them. The ardent sari lovers will have saris of different materials, ranging from breezy cotton ones to detailed embroidered silk saris in the closet. But with increasingly modern lifestyle and women choosing functional contemporary clothes over traditional saris, the sari, unfortunately, has been relegated to an outfit worn only on special occasions.
To revive the tradition of wearing a sari on a daily basis, two friends made a pact to wear saris 100 times a year. This was in 2015 which soon evolved into a full-fledged movement, where women from all over the world began to share their sari stories. The garment became a medium for many to join the campaign and show their love for it.
In November 2016, women in the city started a Facebook group to showcase the intricate weaving skills of India, fusion of fabrics, ethnic wear and, most importantly, motivate women who either wore saris occasionally or had stopped entirely. One of the admin members of ‘The Global 100 Sarees Pact Group’ is Senior IPS officer, Tejdeep Kaur Menon, presently heading the Telangana Special Protection Force. “We started this group because we saw today’s working women don’t prefer the most dominant attire of our country. They are going for Indo-Western wear such as kurtis and churidars as they are easy to wear. Today, they wear a sari only on a special occasion. You can outgrow jeans, a dress, or even a skirt, but a sari is evergreen. Even after many years have passed, you will find the sari as beautiful as the day you bought it.” .... Read more