#SoCS Oct. 26/19

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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.

The 100 Saree Pact

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( 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.)

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Twice a week I used to go to a home for the mentally challenged . But I have not gone there since March 2020. I will start going there again but I do not know when. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

8 comments

  1. I found this really interesting to read, and to see, via google, the various forms of dress you describe. I agree about the “fashion” for torn jeans, and hate to see so many people using sports kit, or even pyjamas, as everyday wear.

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  2. We have people in the Victoria Market in Nottingham who sell saris and I have always been fascinated by the intricacy of the patterns and the beautiful colours they display. One day, a Western fashion designer will start using Indian fabrics and will make a name for him- or her- self.

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  3. I was raised under very challenging financial circumstances. I see the torn jeans and am disgusted with their ppearance. To pay for something ruined is a slap in the face. When my daughters started wearing them, I questioned thier sanity. As a teacher in a school with uniforms I was pleased that torn jeans were not an option.

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