Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “dress.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!
The other evening, my friend and I were talking about dresses, especially the saree and the salwar kameez. Both of us find the saree a very graceful dress. We wear the salwar kameez at home and when going for a walk but for all other occasions it is the saree. She and her husband are now in North India where most women prefer the salwar kameez and sarees only for special occasions. But here in South India women from all classes of the society wear sarees. I often wonder how women labourers manage to work wearing sarees, but they do.
My friend told me about a saree movement called ‘hundred saree pact’. I had not known about and read about it in Google. It is really fascinating. I have shared the link below.
The most popular dress for the younger generation is jeans and a t-shirt or kurta. Slacks and a top are also popular. I see the fashion keeps changing but always it moves in a circle. Sometimes the sleeves are long and sometimes short. The length of the kurta too keeps changing from being very short to almost full length. These days the dupatta or shawl is used by very few women. Earlier it was an essential part of the dress. I like to use the dupatta.
But of all the dresses the one which really disgusts me are the ‘torn jeans’. Fortunately, we do not see them much now. I feel they are an insult to the really poor people. They have to wear what they get, even if they are torn and patched all over. But those who can afford to buy whatever they want, wear jeans which are torn in different places. It is really disgusting. I wonder at the minds and the thinking of the persons who brought it into fashion.
( This is my mother’s wedding saree. My parents were married on May 1st, 1959. The gold threads shine even now, after sixty years. But the blue colour has faded now and the material has become fragile now. It cannot be worn.)