How a Facebook group ‘Saree In Style’ celebrated the sari during the lockdown


“We wanted to show that neither the lockdown nor exercising in a sari is a hindrance to physical fitness,” says Jaseena Backer who based FB group Saree In Style(SiS), in 2016. Its 12,000 members from throughout the globe manoeuvred the isolation of COVID-19 lockdown in a distinctive approach, which included exercising in a sari. Rasmi Sarat Pillai from Fazilka in Punjab wore the Kerala handloom and practised the martial artwork, Kalaripayttu, whereas Dipta Krisham in US skipped nimbly in a georgette.

The members determined that the homebound interval ought to be greater than “tripping over dance videos” and “crawling over cookery shows” on social media. Jaseena, working from her village Tanur in Malappuram district of Kerala bought along with Preeti Madhusoodan from Dubai , moderator of the group, and deliberate the approach ahead.

“Being a psychologist I knew the lockdown was likely to bring in new uncertainties and emotional imbalances among the women. So I kept member’s mental well being as the prime focus,” says Jaseena mentioning that each one actions have been deliberate round their frequent love for the six yards.

Bonding over sari

On day one in every of the lockdown they organised “Tea Time Talk” and mentioned the adjustments the lockdown would result in. “It felt like a morning discussion at a coffee shop which was intended to let the members know that we are all in it together,” says Jaseena.

Priya Kamath, moderator for the month of April, launched weaves of Telangana and Andhra saris by way of movies to create an consciousness on the handlooms of the two States. It resulted in members shopping for saris on-line of weavers who have been discovering it tough to retail in the lockdown.

On World Earth Day, Dipta moderated “SiS Prakriti” through which a sari carrying competitors was held. A member who chooses to be nameless sponsored a handloom Banhati sari of Karnataka and a Kutch embroidery bag. “This was to support the weavers from Karnataka and Kutch,” says Jaseena. Saristas ((sari clad members), as the members name themselves, showcased how they assist protect the earth by way of actions like micro bead changing methods, mulching, utilizing fabric sanitary napkins, OPOS methodology of cooking, gas efficiencies, fabric bag utilization, firewood cooking in earthen pots and plenty of extra.

To help the artisans of Kashmir the group held a quiz/data section, “Kaarigari from Kashmir” organised by Resmi, Preeti and Jaseena. Rasmi wore saris with Kashmiri embroidery like ari, sozni and tilla, explaining their weave and artwork

The must-do therapeutic go to to the magnificence parlour was missed during lockdown. To pamper themselves the ladies organised a session the place they talked about hand-crafted face packs they used during the interval. “ We posted pictures of ourselves dressed in saris with natural face packs made from organic ingredients used. It was our TLC (tender loving care) segment where we took before after face pack look photographs,” says Jaseena.

Beat the warmth

A May exercise was carrying saris that matched the color of the pure smoothies they made. The thought was sparked off from the a lot missed go to to juice outlets during summer season months to beat the warmth.

Jaseena says she encourages members to don a sari and publish a associated story. She makes it a level to put on the sari thrice a week during lockdown. Her newest story of carrying a inexperienced border gadwal sari is symbolic of the subsequent technology’s acceptance of the LGBT neighborhood. “Green stands for the green signal to move ahead with inclusion,” says Jaseena.

How a Facebook group ‘Saree In Style’ celebrated the sari during the lockdown

Some of their earlier essential actions celebrating the garment have been a style present in Kochi the place two transpersons walked the ramp carrying silk saris. Jaseena wore a Banarsi and walked on the runway together with her hijab clad mom in an upadda, Rekha Agarwal draped a Paithani and walked alomg together with her home assist in a handloom set-mundu. A wheel chair certain member showcased her sari wheeling herself on the ramp. In 2016 , 21 members wore georgettes and pochampallis, Banarasi and chiffons on sandunes in Dubai, whereas the US members made a assertion by carrying and posing on the snowy panorama of their parks and gardens.

“All our events, live and virtual, are in saris; it’s like a uniform we love to wear,” says Jaseena stressing on the guidelines they abide by. “Our sari photos have to be new pictures, not older than ten days, that’s how we promote the sari.”

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