sari, no more
You don’t have to feel sorry wearing a sari, the six-yard long traditional dress preferred by women for ages now comes in a new avatar: the sari dress. And everyone is lapping it up—from Bollywood actors to
your FB friend
I am six yards ahead of time!’’ said the sari when asked about her mantra on fashion.
And the humble wrap-around, shoulder to toe dress has remained so, even ages after it was born.
It was legendary artist Raja Ravi Varma paintings, which are taken as benchmark in regard to how people clothed themselves during the mythological times, women, were generally attired in saris. With a few adjustments here and there, the sari has always been draped in the same style. However, in the last two years the draping style has gradually witnessed a change. A transformation heralded by the fashion designers.
“I have always loved saris but like many others of my age, I didn’t grow up wearing them. Naturally so I found it difficult to drape it when I am pressed for time. In fact, I found it cumbersome managing it in the fast paced life we all lead. That’s why in order to make sari contemporary and acceptable I experimented with draped saris or sari dresses!’’ says leading Kolkata based designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh.
Like Kiran other designers too have followed suit—Gaurav Gupta, Manish Malhotra, Amit Aggarwal, Ratna Jain, Aarti-Jhelum Rele, Kapil & Mmonika and, in fact, every other designer who is draping saris making it appropriate for the younger generation. Now we have sari-gowns, sari trousers, sari dhotis, sari ghaghras, mermaid saris et al. The trend not only keeps the Indian dressing sentiments alive but also is wooing the jean-clad young girls, both for a traditional affair and a corporate event.
Elaborates Noida-based designer Ratna, “These Sari dresses are easy to wear, not unwieldy at all and are very simple to drape, as most of them come in pre-stitched form. Instead of the usual sari petticoat women can wear it with mermaid, flared or kalidar skirt, dhoti pants, short skirts, broad flared trousers or narrow pencil cut pants or even drape it as a gown.
Many young ones wear them on body suits too. That is the versatility of these trendy saris.’’
Depending how slim one wants to look, the underneath garment can be changed. One can wear a slim-fitting, lavishly embroidered mermaid skirt the way most film actors including Kareena Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone have worn in their movies or wear a voluminous bellowing skirt to suit any religious occasion. Yes, you can wear it over clipped trousers to show a bit of your legs too.
Sari in its new avatar is being offered in variety of fabrics. Let’s get it from designer duo Monica and Karishma of Jade on this: “The fabric of the season is the ethereal French Chantilly lace. No one can go wrong with this. The next best is dhoti-style drape especially in yellow. With this you are likely to be the cynosure of any event you plan to attend.’’
There is no limit what one can do with the new millennium sari. Kiran lets out a secret: “For a client who wanted a warm-draped sari I designed one from a shawl. Even in traditional style, one has a freedom to select any fabric for a sari—silk, cotton, chiffons, georgette etc. The same thing applies even in draped saris.’’
Most preferred fabric in this style is georgette, chiffon, silk etc. Normally the trousers, dhoti pants, gowns are in solid colours. A draped sari whose length can vary from two-and-half metres to six metres sports embellishments of prints, embroidery etc.
If you thought that its only the twitterrati who are wearing these you’re mistaken. Says Ratna, “I have clients from 16 to 60 who are all comfortable in this new trend. As long as one is comfortable anybody can dress in whatever they want to.’’
The traditional drape is changing. The gen Y prefers comfort, wants to be trendy while being hinged to their roots, and the Sari dress is their right choice. The trend reminds you of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld who is quoted to have said,
“Reinvent new combinations of what you already have. Improvise. Become more creative. Evolution is the secret for the next step.’’