The resurfacing of my love for sarees. – Aish Kalley

A saree is one of my favorite outfits.
The most elegant clothing that does not demand to fit in but properly fits around a woman.
A saree has the capacity to transform a regular lady into one who exudes simplicity, flexibility, and Indian traditional beauty.
A neatly draped saree screams elegance. Grace, style, and poise are synonymous with it.
In my opinion, I believe women who opt to wear a traditional Indian dress stand out in a world full of trend followers.
They project a feeling of self-assurance and individuality that everyone finds appealing since these women do not intend to follow the crowd; instead, they forge their own stylistic route.
We notice the natural beauty that overflows through this garment since they come in a variety of natural colors and styles.
The best part of wearing it is not just this garment being available in a plethora of styles and designs but it also emphasizes all of a woman’s feminine traits.
In my opinion, this outfit enhances its wearer’s beauty and that other people’s admiration makes the wearer happy.

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Cotton silk maroon saree

My story of falling in love with this beautiful garment is also one of a kind.

Well, when I got married I had so many sarees that were present in my closet.
At first, when the circumstances prevailed that made me wear this garment like any newly married Indian lady I wore them but there was no such passion that I felt with this outfit.
But a drastic change came into my life when I had to leave the place and shift to a Metro city.
Here I usually noticed that wearing a saree was associated with older generations.
In short, I felt left out when it came to my attire so I gradually stopped wearing them.
Well, my story took a sharp turn and I moved to the United States.
But even when I shifted here I noticed that wearing a saree was just a cultural notion.
It just struck me that this concept is highly reinforced that the saree was even more of a traditional/cultural item in a strange place.
I only wore sarees when there was any Puja held anywhere or I had to attend any cultural function.
It was more like an obligation to me to wear this attire and I had no such affection for wearing it.
This all resulted in giving all of my sarees to Mom, Massi, and cousins.
I literally emptied my entire treasure of long-cherished sarees that I once had and wore on several occasions.
After a few years, out of curiosity,  I joined several Facebook saree groups.
When I met and saw several people who flaunted not just their traditions but also their ethereal beauty after wearing sarees it changed my whole perception of this garment and after a long period I finally decided to resume wearing sarees after taking a whole lot of inspiration from the fellow members of the respective social groups.
I must say that I am really grateful for the presence and feasibility of social media as it inspired me a lot and revoked my love for this beautiful piece of attire.

The social internet has so many options and ideas present that have made it a lot easier to learn about different sorts of sarees and designs.
Now I can search about any saree belonging to any part of the culture and take cues from it and learn how to drape it and style it around.
Well after my passion for sarees became irresistible  I returned to the United States with my sarees and began shopping for new ones.
My passion for sarees has increased exponentially.
I now borrow sarees from my mother, aunts, and sisters.
At least once a week, I’ve started wearing a saree.
A saree is more than simply a piece of clothing.
It’s a language, a force, and an identity.
My views about wearing have changed a lot through these past years and I will always be thankful that I was able to fall in love with sarees and finally know why it is called the epitome of gracefulness.


Aish Kalley

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