Sabyasachi tries to shame Indian women & here’s why he shouldn’t
A saree is a six yard wonder of grace, agreed! We all like to wear it occasionally and honestly we are the biggest fans of the designers work. But when he took to an international platform and ridiculed Indian women for not wearing a saree enough we are dissed! “I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a saree, I would say shame on you,” Sabyasachi said at the Harvard India Conference recently.
A saree takes a lot of time to be draped correctly and to carry it throughout the day is a task. Well the Bollywood divas can do it because it is their JOB. Remember when sarees started phasing out? Well in the late eighties most women ditched this wonder garment for more practical wear like salwar-kameez and jeans. No Sabya we are not aping the west it is about being comfortable in what we like. Over the years, patriarchal norms have tried to oppress women through dressing be it a palla on the head to the recent khaps not allowing women to wear jeans. And when someone with an educated and culture-rich background like Sabyasachi makes such a statement it is provoking.
The internet too couldn’t get enough of this and it started trending on Twitter:
Maybe fewer young women are not wearing sarees because you’re selling em for 80K bro pic.twitter.com/atGail8ehq
— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) February 12, 2018
Shame them if
Don’t know how to wear saree
Laugh too much
What next ?
Shame on them if they breathe ?
— Ragnarök (@AsYouNotLike) February 12, 2018
“Indian women have kept alive the saree, but the dhoti is dead,” the designer said much to the laughter and applause from the audience.”
And yet @sabya_mukherjee decided to shame women, not men, for not being “connected to their roots”.https://t.co/INJe0tfdbD
— Zehra Kazmi (@ArhezImkaz) February 12, 2018
i was going to roll my eyes at this but apparently he said it “to thunderous applause” to a bunch of desis at harvard. happy for both parties, hope they leave women in india alone: https://t.co/0NynrnNNNh
— Rosie Roti (@supriyan) February 12, 2018
Sabyasachi is every grandmother. https://t.co/HrevbnlmFx
— Rachna Sharma (@Pun_ditayeen) February 12, 2018
Translation: Shame on you if you are not in the target group of my product. https://t.co/tgoMwdaYTx
— Akhil (@akhilrex) February 12, 2018
Hey Sabyasachi, thanks for your remark. Now if Anita Dongre and Steve Madden would kindly come forth with sexist remarks, I’ll be cured of fashion forever.
— Start-a-pakora India (@cowbai) February 12, 2018
— Rhema Mukti Baxter (@FreakyLiterati) February 12, 2018
“I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a saree, I would say shame on you. It’s a part of your culture, (you) need stand up for it.” You know what else is part of our culture? Patriarchy. Shame on you for perpetuating it. https://t.co/C0j2d8ss48
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) February 12, 2018
I want to comment on Sabyasachi’s statement but I’m too busy facepalming.
— OvenTikka (@TandooriCutlet) February 12, 2018