There are several situations in which a kid is inspired by their surroundings and wants to imitate what piques their attention; such was the case with me, but little did I realize that the love I was about to feel for this clothing would last a lifetime and would only become stronger with time.
When I was a youngster, I used to enjoy seeing my mother, grandmothers, and other elders drape a saree. I used to dress up in a towel as a saree and pretend to be a teacher when I was little. I initially wore a Kanjeevaram saree at a function when I was 13 years old. I used to think of myself as the queen of my domain. My love for 6-yards began when I was six years old. Even though I’m 45 years old, I still like sarees. I’ve never felt self-conscious about wearing a saree. The love becomes stronger with each passing day. The collection I’m creating I would like to pass to my little angel. Although I will not force her to like it, I am interested in seeing it through the eyes of an adult and seeing whether she feels the same way I do.
Even though I’m doing domestic chores, business work, traveling, or Yoga, I enjoy draping a saree. I’m now riding my bike while wearing a saree. When a woman wears a saree, she is inundated with queries and comments such as “You look lovely.” “Are you able to put on a saree?” “How long did it take you to drape this saree?” and so on. As a result, sarees are excellent conversation starters. So, if you want to strengthen your bonds with like-minded people, nothing beats a saree. Likewise, I learned a lot from my Saree Sakhis (friends).
I learned about handlooms and other types of sarees from my interactions with like-minded people who shared my enthusiasm for sarees, and it quickly became my ambition to have my own collection. Because they each have their own niche, I can’t tell them apart. When I initially joined Instagram, I learned about different weaves and crafts. In my area, I used to only see georgette, chiffon, Crape, Kanjivaram, and Bengali cotton sarees.
When I witness weavers’ work, I am filled with adoration and reverence. When you purchase a handloom saree, you are assisting a small group of weavers who are fighting to keep their craft alive in the face of the industry loom and people’s aversion to tradition. I’m not sure how to convey it to them, so as a token of gratitude I purchase their weavings and handicrafts. A handloom saree is made entirely by hand. It’s distinct because of the personal touch. Of course, they require a little more attention than an industrial loom, but after you’ve followed the cleaning and maintenance instructions to the letter, you’ll have it for years to come. As a result, it is a prudent investment that will pay off in the long run.
My enthusiasm for this has only risen with time, and I want to disseminate it as much as possible.
I want everyone to see how beautiful these handloom sarees are.