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Romancing The Saree

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

This is the one which re-kindled my love for sarees.

In my college days, I loved wearing sarees. I used to diligently design, embroider and stitch my own blouses, making each drape extra special with my own personal touch. When I got married and came to the US, there were only a few of my wedding sarees which I brought here with me. Given that, and the fact that I got busy going to college here and not seeing anyone wearing sarees in my limited social circle back in the 90s, I completely stopped wearing them. When I went back home for the first time, I even left all my wedding sarees behind and asked my mother to give away the ones I had collected over the years, as I no longer cared for them (much to my moms horror!). College life turned into work life and then to motherhood, and my aversion to draping 6 yards of cumbersome cloth continued to grow. I would get annoyed everytime my parents or inlaws visited me laden with sarees as gifts, to coax me to start wearing them again. My mom's cajoling about how fashionable saris had become, fell to deaf ears.

Sometime in the mid 2000's when my daughter was no longer a toddler, when I visited my parents in Bangalore, my mother talked me into visiting a saree store, just to checkout what was in trend. I went just to please her. And there I saw this baby pink number. I fell in love with it right away. And that rekindled my love for sarees. I bought 3 sarees on that trip, and I have never looked back. Now I borrow space in my now college-bound daughter's wardrobe to accommodate my ever-growing trousseau of sarees. But this one is the one which holds a special place in my heart, and the one I go back to, everytime I cant decide what to wear.

And for those interested, I found this at Ladies Wear House in Gandhi Bazar, Bangalore. And I have bought many more favorite sarees there, ever since.


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