Sabyasachi responds to backlash: I have not made any statement on a woman’s choice of what she wishes to wear

Sabyasachi recently addressed the Indian students at the Harvard India Conference and his remark on women and sarees has pulled him a lot of backlash.
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Sabyasachi is in particular that one fashion designer who has always uplifted and celebrated Indian traditions, heritage and culture. The ace designer is majorly known for reviving old handlooms, weaves, drapes, silhouettes and cuts.

Recently the ace designer got into some serious soup for openly criticized the younger generation of the country, for embracing and wearing western outfits and not wearing sarees, as he was addressing Indian students at the Harvard India Conference. 

“I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a saree, I would say shame on you. It’s a part of your culture, you need to stand up for it,” said the designer while addressing the students who broke into a round of applause as soon as he finished his remark.

The whole topic arose when someone questioned him about the difficulties faced by women while draping a saree. He responded to that, saying, that a saree is the most wonderful dress and people across the globe admire it and identify Indian women with it. 

It came as no surprise that took offence to the remarks and called them patriarchal and anti-feminist. Mr Mukherjee has been facing a lot of backlash for his “Shame on You” remark as fans are not happy with his choice of words and comment. 

The designer has finally broken his silence and responded to a leading media agency that: “What was intended to be a comment on a celebration of our clothing history and heritage became a debate on feminism. This is not a gender issue. Since the question was about the saree, women were involved.

I would take the same stand on men’s national clothing too. I have not made any statement on a woman’s choice of what she wishes to wear which is always her own prerogative.”

‘My observation came from the fact that I often meet those who say it with a hint of pride on how they don’t know how to wear a sari and I find it very dismissive of our heritage. It’s a personal point of view.’

“Women and men are trying very hard to be something that they are not. Your clothing should be a part of who you are and connect you to your roots,” he had added.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below 


he is only trying to sell his sprees

N wt about doing pooja...n respecting ur elders

Come on people, there is nothing wrong what he said, he did not say you can not wear western clothes or your choice of clothes, he is just trying to say, preserve your culture, that all, no need to make a big deal out of it.. He is one amazing designer, super talented, I thank him for getting all those beautiful designs. He is surely a master..

I love Sabyasachi and his work .

he is great but I dont like how he makes all brides wear red banarasi which is purely Bengali bridal style. He made Anushka wear red banarasi saree instead should have gone for some ethnic outfit from her or Virat;s culture. She basically done advertisement for his clothes. Plus she looked old in it. He needs to be more creative though he is on top right now. When he occasionally designed for southern brides, its just take a kanjivaram and put a banarsi boarder. Thats a bit lame.

There was nothing wrong with what he said. Sometimes things have to be taken with a grain of salt. It would nice to preserve our national dress but no one is forced to wear anything they don't want.

I think he didn't mean it in any derogatory way, it was just statement without an intention to hurt, but to be cool n own up ur heritage not shy way from it.

I don't think anyone ever stopped wearing traditional clothes on their wedding day!

LOL, Men! Sense the climate a little, this is a sensitive time , don't make comments about women's choices.

People are so quick to get offended these days! I think the context in which Sabya said shame is the faux pride some people have in being Westernized. The same way you find some Indian people saying "I don't know how to speak Hindi/ Tamil/ Bengali etc and I can only speak English" despite being in India all their life. I also find it hurtful to see such people having zero pride or connection to their heritage.

He's a fashion designer not a feminist thinker or speaker. Sometimes we should try to understand the sentiment behind what someone is saying rather than picking apart the words that they're using. Still, I'm not a fan of someone telling women what they should or shouldn't wear or should or shouldn't feel. The reason why Indians that are modern are opposed to saris is because India is still going through a fashion revolution. They are still unable to wear what they like are still slut shamed are still told to cover up their legs or shoulders or neck or whatever it may be. So he should be more careful in future.

If women are not wearing sarees, make better ones that tempt them to wear it. That is how you make a point fool!

I am all for ethnic clothing. I live in US and I hate when i see so many celebrities wearing gowns and very few wearing ethnic clothes. But Shame on you is very strong statement.

love sari and love wearing it and love Sabya. Keep it up Sabya.

In all honesty, most of what Indian celebrities say becomes distorted because English is not their first language. So many times I've tried to translate what they say into Hindi and it makes much more sense. Whether or not I agree with it, I understand where they are coming from.

I applaud Sabyasachi for bringing back beautiful ethnic indian clothes in trend again. Every bride dreams to be a Sabyasachi bride. Before embracing other cultures we should not forget to celebrate ours first. There’s nothing wrong wearing western clothes but don’t forget our cultural dharohar . It will also help artisan weavers to survive and preserve almost diminishing art and skills.

Deepika is a royal beauty

He’s full of himself. Anyone should be able to wear whatever they want, whenever they want, and however they want.

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