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Sabyasachi Mukherjee shames women who can’t drape a saree; Twitteratis lambaste designer


One of India’s top fashion designers Sabyasachi Mukherjee on Saturday criticised the younger generation for not wearing sarees and giving preference to western outfits. The ace designer, known for his beautiful saris, said that Indian women who cannot drape a sari should be ashamed. Addressing Indian students at a Harvard India Conference, the designer said, “I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a sari, I would say shame on you. It’s a part of your culture, (you) need (to) stand up for it.”

Watch his full speech below:

He also said that the saree is admired across the globe, and that Indian women are identified with it. He then explained how the relationship between an Indian woman and saree is that of a human being and a serpent. “It’s a relationship of misunderstanding. You need to embrace the saree. Wars have been fought in saree. Grandmothers have slept in saree and have woken up without a single pleat out of their way,” he added.

But now, it looks like his comment on women facing drapping a saree backfired at him as many women came forward to lambaste Sabyasachi and others who think it’s acceptable to tell women what to do and what not:

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