Sorry Not Sari

Sabyasachi Mukherjee, one of India’s top fashion designers, has been quite known face in the B-Town. In a recent talk at the Harvard India Conference on Saturday he went ahead and criticized the younger age bracket of Indian women for not wearing saris and showing an inclination towards western outfits.

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“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 stand up for it,” preached Sabyasachi at the conference.

The designer responded to the questions related to the trouble Indian women face with when draping a sari. He says that the Indian sari is the way to identify rich Indian culture and it possibly the most wonderful dress across the globe.


Sabyasachi pointed out to the audience how Deepika Padukone is creating a disruption in the fashion trends of Bollywood in her own way by wearing saris to almost everywhere she goes.

Additionally, he also pointed out that he found a “major disconnect” when he observed Indian men and women beating down the touch with their cultural roots. “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,” he adds further.

The Indian Consul General from New York, Sandeep Chakravarty, as a response questioned the tying dhoti in India by men. This rebuttal form him stirred up the entire audience indeed.  “Indian women have kept alive the saree, but the dhoti is dead,” the designer added.

Sabyasachi does not want the Indian sari to be a global trend and preferred if the garment stayed exclusive to India, because he doesn’t want it to be “costume”.

The designer’s statements created quite an upsurge on social media and the Kolkata based designer faced a lot of criticism for the way he “denigrated” women because of their choice of wearing something they like. In an open letter he uploaded on Instagram he posted- “I am sorry that I used the word ‘shame’ in reference to some women’s inability to wear a sari. I truly regret that the way in which I tried to make a point about the sari enabled it to be interpreted as misogynistic, patriarchal, and non-inclusive – this was certainly not my intention.”

Clarifying his comment he further wrote, “The ubiquity of negative sentiments associated with embracing sari in our culture triggered an unfortunate series of reactions on my part. Sometimes, when you are that invested in your craft, you become hypersensitive to the negativity surrounding that which you love.”

Original Apology post- https://www.instagram.com/p/BfKnPy6HO-4/?utm_source=ig_embed


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