#MondayMusings – #100sareepact comes to an end
Most of you by now must have heard about the #100sareepact. And why not? It made news and our social media timelines said it all about women telling stories of their sarees, posing for pictures and counting days for this pact. And most of you also know why. For the love of sarees, for the idea that made sarees popular once again, for the sheer joy of repeating a saree like other clothes, for dressing up to work like women would in skirts, trousers or salwar kameez, for respecting gifts of love by people who wanted them to wear sarees and for reasons that these drapes have always been ignored unless there is a special occasion.
I also took up the pact and when I started in March, I did not imagine I would write about my journey through this pact. When I started, it seemed like a long way and boy, it was! It took me over 8 months to wear sarees 100 times. I wore most of my sarees to work and some to parties and shopping.
What this saree pact was not?
No, it wasn’t meant to show off sarees. To inspire others to join, you need to engage them. To inspire self, you need to feel recognized and posting pictures did that to me. Words of love and appreciation from people I did not know personally meant a lot to keep going day after day. Posting was also a good way to count the days I was on. Many friends counted along with me and why not? Friends do that to encourage. Thank you guys!
This pact was not about buying 100 sarees and expensive or matching jewelry. All this was superficial. When I walked in rain wearing a saree with an umbrella in one hand and two bags in the other, this pact meant serious business. I boarded BMTC buses in a saree and sometimes stood on a foot board to get to work. I walked my usual way to work in a saree. I can’t stop doing things I do on a regular basis just because I was dressed in a saree. Right?
I still don’t have a Kanjivaram and may be I will never have. This pact was not to tell the world that I have all varieties of handloom in my cupboard. This was never the plan or something I committed to. I bought 2 sarees in a “Buy- one-get-one-free-offer”. Don’t we do that with other dresses? I bought a couple online and I also asked friends to get for me. They did.
This pact was not self-love but it was love for sarees and the elegance donning them brings.
What I loved most about the pact?
Teachers wear sarees to work every day. My Mum does that and it made me smile when she joined me in the initial few days. She wrote stories and posted a few pictures.
I smiled when my help at home wore a saree and told me the story of her mangalsutra. She is Nepali and that story, I had never heard before.
I loved it when a friend who is not fond of sarees, wore one to work to just stand by two of us pacters and to make us feel comfortable. I loved it even more when my blogger buddies wore sarees to our first informal get-together to a pub in Bangalore.
I felt loved when a friend sent me a saree all the way from Ghaziabad. The one that she had bought her for Mum but unfortunately her Mum left us too soon. I felt honored when a friend asked me to wear a saree she had gifted me on her father’s birthday – the first since he passed away.
It was a delight to wear many of my Mum’s and MIL’s sarees. 10 years ago, I had bought a saree for my Mum from my salary and that one was back in my cupboard this year. That saree was my Mum’s in all ways yet it found a way to me. I also wore a peer’s saree and that made her smile.
Another college friend living abroad, rang up her family in India and had me a saree sent that’s weaved near her place. She has got the same saree and she was happy checking out the pictures when I wore her gift to a wedding. There was so much warmth in the gesture.
As the pact progressed, it was more about the thought or the story that came with each saree than just the drape. And that’s what stood out for me. Every day when I wore a saree.
Many have asked me this and here is what I will say. Something else in 2016. Yes, I will wear sarees to work like before and I will be more regular. I will not let go the momentum that has built upon in 2015. I will not just keep sarees for another special occasion.
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