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Twitterati lambaste Sabyasachi as he shames women who don’t know how to drape a sari

Many women and men came forward to slam fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee after he said that Indian women who do not know how to wear a sari should be ashamed. Although many said they know how to wear a sari, but slamming those who don't was unacceptable.

Written by Shreya Das | Updated: February 12, 2018 10:54 pm
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Renowned fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee may be a household name when it comes to Indian traditional bridal wear, but his remark at a recent conference is drawing a lot of flak on the Internet, as well as offline. The ace designer, known for his beautiful saris, said that Indian women who cannot drape a sari should be ashamed. Mukherjee on Saturday criticised women, particularly of the younger generation, for not wearing a sari and giving preference to Western outfits and as his comment spread it lead to a huge outcry on social media platforms.

Addressing Indian students at a Harvard India Conference, the designer said, “I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a sari, I would say shame on you. It’s a part of your culture, (you) need (to) stand up for it.”

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“Women and men are trying very hard to be something that they are not. Your clothing should be a part of who you are and connect you to your roots,” said the designer. “It’s a relationship of misunderstanding. It’s easy to wear a sari. Wars have been fought in sari. Grandmothers have slept in sari and have woken up without any folds to it,” he added.

Watch his full speech here:

Although he highlighted that Indian men too don’t wear dhoti any longer but never shamed them for it. “Indian women have kept alive the sari, but the dhoti is dead,” the designer laughingly said. But many called his opinion biased, and called him out for unfairly burdening women with the responsibility of upholding Indian traditions. Many slammed the designer for being sexist and a misogynist, argueing that this is how patriarchy thrives. His remark has created a huge debate online especially after Manohar Parrikar recently said he was scared as girls have begun drinking beer.

On Twitter, many women came forward to lambaste the designer and others who think it’s acceptable to tell women what to do and what not. Sample these:

What’s your take on Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s sari comment? Tell us in comments below.

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    Suren Abreu
    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:29 am
    Shame on Sabyasachi for shaming Indian women! Who appointed him the custodian of Indian culture? And who defines the saree as the definitive garment of India and her culture? His patriarchal and misogynist comments (he didn't shame men for forgetting the dhoti!) are HIS shame!
    1. Rare Gat
      Feb 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm
      Saree and dhoti are woven but not stiched garments. In Hindu religion there was a taboo on wearing stiched garments. Also except royals others were not allowed to cover their body in top. Only royals and nobles covered their upper body with angvastram which was again an unstiched garment. Travellers recorded this including Ibn-battuta and en Tsang. Though this changed in the north but till late this was practised in South. The king famous for the padmanabham temple in Kerala used to tax those who wanted to cover their breast. There is a famous temple in Kerala of a poor forest dwelling woman who covered her breast and refused to pay breast covering tax and when challenged she cut her and presented them to the king. Of course she died and a temple was built in her honor.