I am constantly amazed at the ability of clothing to evoke strong memories from days and events gone by. I last wore this sari a few years ago in Mumbai. During our five year expat stint in India, our children attended an international school there. Every year the school held a special day long festival that celebrated the diversity of the many nations that made up the nationality of the students of this school. On this day, children and parents were encouraged to wear costumes from any country they identified with or one of the many attires that make up the beautiful clothing heritage of their host country, India. It was a beautifully sunny day and I remember thinking this was the perfect sari to wear to the festival to showcase the beautiful weaves and colours that make up the very foundation of traditional Indian wear. When I put this on, it reminded me of that lovely day in Mumbai, but more importantly it reminded me of just how relevant the ethos of that festival is in this day and age. Given the deep divisions we are witnessing in the world today, events that celebrate diversity and impress upon children that the differences between us are not only OK, but are something to be celebrated can only be a good thing!
I loved everything about this sari the moment I laid eyes upon it. I had gone sari shopping with a cousin who was visiting me in Mumbai and it was chaos in the shops as it was pre-Diwali season. As most customers were checking out bling saris given the season, I wandered into the cotton sari section as it seemed rather deserted and the elderly man behind the counter gave me a sweet smile. I spotted the white of the sari and asked to pull it out so I could take a closer look. The moment he spread the sari out on the counter and I saw the vibrant borders and the gorgeous blouse – I was sold! The potential purchase became a guarantee when I asked him how much it was and he said, ‘after sale mam – it is only Rs. 3,000’. That seemed like a bargain to me – given that I thought the sari was stunning – and so I ensured that the sweet old man could also say that he had sold something that evening! What can I say – doing good deeds through shopping just comes so naturally to me.
I hope you like this sari as much as I do and thank you so much for reading! If you enjoy this blog, please do tell your friends and family about it if you think it is something they may like – much appreciated!
On a side note, I won these earrings in Mumbai as best dressed at a ball where the theme was the 1920’s. I would be happy to share a picture of my outfit from the ball if it would be of interest.