I am an Indian woman. My name is Swapnil Pandey I am an author who writes books based on Indian Defence life. I am confident, comfortable and happy in my own skin. I know my roots and I value them I know I inherit a glorious cultural heritage. I know traditions have played an important role in upbringing and grooming me. I know being beautiful is an individual prerogative and I can be fair, dark, dusky, wheatish, slim, curvy and other shapes and sizes and yet I will always be a beautiful Indian woman. And Saree reminds me of all these, the six yards of magic is no more just a traditional attire but a way to express myself.
An Indian woman in Saree is not an extraordinary view but what makes it special is that each woman in a saree is extraordinary. Carrying the perfect amalgation of contrast a functional dress can simply turn into something sophisticated or a woman on street might flaunt her khadi saree with equal panache as the model in her georgette saree did on runaway. That is the beauty of wearing a saree. You can be anyone and anything.
Saree is just not a dress for an Indian woman but an emotion. It brings deep nostalgia after all it is an heirloom too. The mom passed her sarees to the daughters who wore and preserved to pass it to their children. The jewelries were aided delight of course. The kundan haar, the jadau, the diamond necklace or the gold jewelry no dearth of how the traditional kanjeevaram or banarasi silk could be teamed up with as easily as the fancy fabrics like georgette saree or chiffon sarees gelling well with the jewelries. That is the power of a saree. It will never limit you.
Saree is also an attire which reminds you of your deep cultural roots and gives you identity. Drape and saree and world will know who you are, an Indian woman. Drape the handcrafted traditional weaves tusser, kosa, kantha, zari, hakoba or the modern silhouttes like ruffles, florals, printed, geometric designs the end resut is only the gorgeous looking Indian woman.
It is a myth that we require blouse of petticoat to be worn along with a saree because look how comfortably gen Z girls are bursting the myth. They wear a saree with crop tops, halter or cold shoulder tshirts and they look stylish. Saree is not just any drape but an expression which gives you complete freedom to be comfortable in your own skin. It is perhaps the only dress that does not ask you to change.
So next time if you hear an Indian girl or any westerner saying that Saree is a regressive dress stand straight and say proudly Saree is the most modern, most functional and most liberating dress that exist on this planet. Saree is a proud identity of Indian culture and heritage. It is just not a dress but a legacy generation after generation. And it is an honour to wear Saree.
Saree is a part of my identity a part of my heritage and culture. Saree is not a regressive dress unlike the widespread mentality in India itself amongst many youngsters. I hope after reading this blog their mindset will change and they will take pride in wearing a saree.