Nov 12 2007
Mrs. Smith has a delightful post:
Ever wondered how a saree stays on? I figured it was some ancient Indian folding technique passed down from mother to daughter. Maybe a few safety pins thrown in for good measure. No, there is a secret that nobody tells you. Not the people who sell you the saree, not the tailor who makes the blouse to go with it, not even your American friends who are supposed to be smarter than you. They wear a petticoat! They tuck the saree into the elastic waistband of the petticoat! My only contact with a petticoat up to this point in my life was “Petticoat Junction”, an old show that I used to watch the reruns of as a kid. I could sing the theme song for you, but that’s not really pertinent.
Twenty minutes passed and Camla came upstairs to help me make a dress out of a huge piece of fabric and I was waiting for her in my blouse and my underwear. That’s right. Poor Camla, she was so embarrassed and just didn’t know how to explain to me that I was missing a vital part of the whole saree ensemble. Finally she flipped up the end of her own saree to show me her petticoat. I was mortified. Eventually we found something that would work for the night and off I went. “Why is she telling us this?” you might ask. You are just full of questions today! This week Mr. Smith received another invitation to another wedding. This time my saree will be green, as will my brand new petticoat.
Mrs. Smith looks gorgeous in her saree.
We have talked about the petticoat before. It is the most under appreciated and most vital part of the saree.
It was less than 100 years ago when women did wear the saree without the petticoat and not the thick cotton sarees but the thinnest ‘makhmali’ transparent sarees!