Jun 28 2008
I really enjoy examining saree designs by designers that are not strongly tied to India. By India, I don’t mean broad Indian subcontinent, but just India, the bollywood, the mumbai, the delhi and the surat and the design crowds in and around them.
They invariably introduce some subtle changes in the designs, sometimes they are reflective of the color choices that are common around them, sometime they are to respect the local customs and other times it reflects the symmetry they have learned in the surroundings around them.
For example, when I see some of the Batik work from Sri Lanka in a saree, it looks different and same way, when I see a saree with Pakistani influence, it looks “different” and distinctive.
I doubt that any of the main stream Indian designer will create a blouse that is shown here; it “covers” a lot; an Indian designer might consider it confining and hence will not incorporate it; a fashionable Indian person might look at this blouse design and complain that it is outdated and not modern enough. And both of them would be right!
While the saree design seeking public is still thinking about whether to wear saree below the navel and if so, how much below the navel, here is a design where an exposure to the navel is not the defining characteristic of the saree ensemble and that is refreshing.
There are several elements that I like here; large jewel as a part of the blouse design, different types of texture in the blouse, a matching purse, simplicity in the body of the saree, intricacies in the pallu of the saree.
I think a saree with a multiple blouse where one of the blouse is a noodle strap blouse with matching embroidery,another one is like the one shown here and a perhaps a third one with a brocade fabric would make this a great combination, no matter where you want to wear it and no matter which country you want to wear it in and no matter which party you want to wear it.