Sunday, January 13, 2013

Going the whole six-yards


Dear Ritu Beri,

I am writing this open letter to you on behalf of my daughter who is an ardent fan. Your gorgeously designed Air India uniform for the cabin crew happens to be her favourite. Smera fell in love with it when she was only a few months old. At first we thought it was the colour red that she loved, when she would see her grandma drape it.

As time has passed and she grown up to be a fine two year old child, the sari still remains to be her all-time favourite. She will beg, plead, try her puppy face or even get angry to lay her hands on it. She loves to feel like a big girl I guess!

Image: newindianexpress.com

Mum has a huge collection of sarees and but among all of them I think it’s her uniform sari that appeals to her the most. Smera loves to see her grandma dress in inherently graceful and elegant Indian clothing. Working for the airline I have always admired mum’s dressing sense of this marvelous drapery - no wonder it excites the little one too.

Smera knows it when her grandma dresses up in her uniform she is going off to some place exciting. And when she comes to visit us here in Dubai, she comes wearing her favourite sari. However there is a  flip side to it too,  when she ready to go back Smera is most upset as she would have to bid farewell to her and the sari with teary eyes.

Once Smera is dressed in the 6-yard garment, she would go for my shoes and not to forget a matching handbag. She would then head to the mirror as if it’s almost a ritual to stand in front of it and admire the beauty of her entire get-up.  With great difficulty she would walk up and down in the house and once she is really tired she will ask the first available person to wear it on her behalf. It can be me, her grandma, my husband and even the grandpa has not been spared.

Watching Smera being so passionate about the sari I can’t thank you enough, Ritu. Your design has in ways has brought at least one of gen-next closer to an important part of our Indian tradition – The Sari.

Thank you! 

39 comments:

  1. Well it seems you are raising an ethnic child :)
    Never been to air India. I was in Pochampally today and bought one for the Missus. These sarees have similar border. ( coming from a non expert )

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    1. :) Thank you DT, think I must be doing something right!

      Pochampally is known for their Ikat designs right, I am sure you would have got your better half something really nice !! did you get it from a local weaver?

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    2. You are right Sangeeta, I got for my daughters as well as wife. Working on posts on the visit... thanks

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    3. I will be looking forward to it !!

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  3. I can just imagine how adorable Smera would be in that Saree. :)
    You should put up a photo. #JustSaying :P

    After thinking, which other airline has Saree other than Air India?

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    1. :D totally adorable .. Think Sri Lankan airlines has it .. can't think of any other !

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  4. haha...that's really cute :) i thought air india had blue sarees last i saw....probably they changed it!!!

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    1. Thanks Swati! They did have blue but that was many years back ... this one is already due for a change ..

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  5. loved to read this post.. Sari is for ever.

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    1. Absolutely .. it will never go out of fashion

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  6. I imagined cute little one, wobbling about in a saree, with heals, handbag completing the dress, Did she wear bit of make up too?? Loved the write up. Give my love to her.

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    1. She did !! she begged my mum for a bit of lipstick, eyeliner and bindi ..

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  7. cute ! i just love saris but unfortunately have not yet mastered the art of draping one and somehow the readymade saris don't fascinate me !

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    1. TTT - you know my problem is, I can drape others beautifully but not myself. For me jeans and t-shirt works the best .. :D

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  8. Such a sweet post. Lovely taste, your little one has :) i learned the loveliness of wearing the sari after i moved to a place where wearing a sari would make me unique :)

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  9. two year old kid will be at her experimentive best ! such a cute scene too watching them struggle , yet so diligently for that . . nice post :)

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  10. Few girls like Saris these days, your daughter is different :)

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  11. It was really sweet to read about Smera being smitten with the sari. Nice post.

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  12. first thing: nice way to end.
    second thing: you always bring Smera with your narration, after her photograph in zoo i could imagine much better :))

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  13. a sweet post-specially can imagine Smera cutely dressed up in a sari---brings back memories when my sister and me would play with mama's duppatta draping like a sari- fighting over for the best one each day!!!

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  14. Your daughter is going to break a lot of hearts when she grows up

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  16. Little girls in saris - Aww!! Thats a cute sight!

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  17. haha.. Being a Saree shop Owner myself, i feel Proud & Happy both..!! :)

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  18. With the sari all but vanishing from the wardrobe of this generation of girls, one hopes the next one resurrects it. Here's to wishing a long life to the sari through the efforts of the little one :)

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  19. Nice post. I like saree.
    Its look very traditional. Saree is forever fashionable.

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  20. Nice posts...
    It reminds me of my own love for sarees, which most around me do not understand. In many parts of India (especially urban cities) women dont wear saree until married, but i so want to wear them to work and functions.

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  21. Great Post :)

    girls in sarees Looks Dashing.

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