Celebrity designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee is famous for his sarees. There is no celebrity woman in India who does not own a Sabyasachi saree. His designs are not just popular but also very pretty and range from casual to classic traditional. No doubt Sabyasachi is the first and only name when one thinks of a saree designer. What does Sabyasachi feel about our pretty traditional dress?
Speaking at the Harvard India conference recently, Sabyasachi ranted about how modern Indian women shun the classic dress and opt for easygoing Western outfits. He said “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.” He reminded women that saree has been an every day dress for many decades. He said relationship between saree and women was like a serpent, “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 women up without any folds to it.”
When asked about men’s dhoti, Sabya was quick to remark “Indian women have kept alive the saree, but the dhoti is dead.”
Though Sabyasachi has been trolled on the internet for shaming women who don’t wear sarees, what is your view about this? Do you really think that not wearing a saree ever is akin to giving up our culture?