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.
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