Saturday, April 5, 2008

How to wear a sari...

Yesterday, another cotton sewn package arrived from India, addressed to me. I had found the last one a little disappointing, so I contained my excitement quite easily and waited for the rest of the family to come home before opening it.
But I was wrong; it proved to be a veritable treasure trove. Inside, amongst other delights was this:



A sari of heavy embroidered silk, and what is more, a sari made to be worn in Brittany. See how the colour is almost indistinguishable from the lush grass of our Breton lawns. See how it has what appear to be daisies scattered upon it. I suppose the blue is a bit too blue for our Breton skies, but you can’t have everything. Maybe it is rainproof...


Now I must master the art of draping it about me. It looks a little bit frightening, and I worry about getting lost inside it and being unable to get out again alive. I could starve to death before I found the exit. Still, it will go well with my green wellingtons.


I have found this wonderful video, and now I feel more confident. I just have to make the underwear…


12 comments:

Mike said...

I always try to avoid clothing that is so complicated that I need an instructional video. It's just easier that way.

Lucy said...

The sari does look gorgeous, you could always make it into a tent!

I've lost the control to turn off the mute button, so I can't benefit from the video just now... I'll come back for it.

amy said...

What a perfect color! Good luck getting into (and out of) the sari.

leslie said...

Whew, a lot of steps for getting dressed. I don't know that I could do that or have it stay tucked in. Good luck! I'm sure you will look "beeootifool" when all done up. And Don't forget the accessories! :D

Casdok said...

Its gorgeous! Would go great with a Tardis bag!! Well maybe not!

katydidnot said...

frick. it might just be easier to sew yourself a dress every morning. making pleats? is she kidding?? oy.

Wolynski said...

When I was a kid I watched my mother wrestle with her girdle, even though she was slim. I did not want to grow up and wear this.
Luckily, I became the first generation where women could wear what they liked and be comfortable. Jeans and T-shirts are real equality - and they're sexy. But dressing up sometimes is fun, too.
Gorgeous colors - isn't that a lot of fabric for just one outfit?

ciara said...

came by way of expat blog page via the other side of paris' traffic feed...the sari is beautiful and the video is funny and informative. i like the girl's indian auntie impression :)

hexe said...

So gorgeous! I love the blue and green combination. I'd be afraid I'd trip and land on my face if I was wrapped up!

meggie said...

The sari looks beautiful. But imagining all those layers around my ample hips, & I would look like a huge tent!!

Rosie said...

Well I am going to give it a go... The trouble is making the top and the petticoat. I think I'll be doing a spot of secret googling to see if I can find them for sale on the web. I'm a bit disappointed that the only bit you get to show off is your belly button. I was hoping to cover up my wobbly tummy under the pleats and direct attention to the chest area which gives better value...

bipolarlawyercook said...

Stunning. Worth the bother of learning to wrap it.