This post is my entry for the 500th Post Giveaway.
I had read somewhere that Indian men find saree the most sexiest outfit. In general, barring a few states, saree is like the “universal” outfit of women all over India, something like “world famous only in India.” Although, saree is considered to be a very traditional form of dressing, many think that the “midriff exposure” the saree provides makes women all the more attractive and appealing. You have to see Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings to believe how beautiful a woman can look in a saree. But, wearing a saree is like a huge Herculean task for me and to carry it off is much more painful. I have had traumatic experiences whenever I wore a saree, for instance….err…..when I had to get “married” and another time when I tripped down the stairs and hurt my back. At another time, the entire saree came off, but thankfully, there were only females around who laughed their heart out at my expense. In spite of my conflict with sarees, I have quite a few of them because one cannot demean the importance and worth of sarees. If there is an important occasion like your own wedding or your sister’s/brother’s/best friend’s wedding and the numerous festivals and functions in the family, saree is the form of attire everyone would expect you to be in. So, my wardrobe too has its share of silk sarees and sequined sarees that I drape myself in, on such occasions. I have limited knowledge about fabric and texture, but I would like to present whatever I know and also some sarees from my wardrobe that have been picked up by me ONLY to be worn on certain occasions.
2. Crepe sarees have that old-world charm……reminds me of yesteryears heroines…..
3. Nothing more appealing than a sheer black see-through saree.
4. We all know how Mandira Bedi’s sphagetti and sarees caused a stir during those cricket matches.
5. Georgette saree.
6. My mom is a huge fan of Bengali cotton sarees, very graceful and elegant.
7. Sheer sarees in pastel colors……never goes out of fashion….
8. A simple but lovely chiffon sarees.
10. Aishwarya Rai in a Sabyasachi saree.
NOW COMING TO MY WARDROBE AND MY COLLECTION OF SAREES:
1. My Kanjeevaram saree with gold, peach, and pink shades….I just wear it for weddings, otherwise, most of the time, it lies in cold storage. Small white glass crystals are spread across the entire length of the saree and it cost me a bomb and now I am thinking how much makeup I could have bought with that amount…sigh!!!!
3. A heavily sequined white virgin raw silk saree….one of my favorites.
5. A very light silver sequined chiffon saree….very comfortable and lovely color.
6. A very light paper silk saree.
7. A light pink silk saree.
8. Another sequined chiffon saree…..