The other day I attended an event organized by Indian American Association to meet and interact with a group of American students and coordinators of Davidson Liberal Arts College doing a ‘semester in India’ program as part of Asian Studies. They all not only turned up in saris and matching blouses but appeared to manage the six yards of material as to the manner born! When asked from where they could pick up ready made blouses, they mentioned ‘Pothys’, in T.Nagar (this was news to me) going gaga gaga about the store. One of them said they all decided to wear saris befitting the occasion (in preference to western dresses) as is the custom among south Indians. I could appreciate their sentiment but couldn’t help thinking of the contrast some of us present, irrespective of the occasion. A couple of my relatives were clad in Salwar Kamiz during religious occasions and similar celebrations saying saris are cumbersome and difficult to manage!
On the one hand we have popular cloth stores trying their best to target young women (on the assumption older women wear only saris) into wearing saris by introducing innovative dezigns on mixed fabrics accompanied by an apology for blouses and on the other we find the not so young and middle aged abandoning the elegant sari in preference to the North Indian attire. Where is the balance, I wonder?
n.meera raghavendra rao