It’s no secret that I still can’t tie my own sari-even though I am nearing the dreaded age of three zero (dreaded for other people, I don’t really care!). But yes, it’s shameful that I have to get my Mom to tie my sari every time I have to wear one.About time I learnt to do it on my own. Ah! If it only were that simple! Do you realise how much cloth you are dealing with? SIX YARDS of it!!! I mean, that’s like an invitation to disaster- think me getting tangled, tripping and probably ripping the sari. I know I am making it sound terribly hard and tedious but how difficult could it really be considering that in the 1940’s my Grandmother came over from England in a boat, got onto a train to Lahore and tied one ALL BY HERSELF in a bathroom which was probably 2 feet by 3 feet big? Granny was much much smarter than I was and very determined (she didn’t even have Google remember?) to somehow figure out how to tie a sari well enough so it didn’t fall off the minute she tried to walk-but I don’t think I can be all that dumb. Right?
As they say-practise makes perfect and I am going to practise till I am able to win every sari-tying competition that exists!
While looking for a how-to-tie-a-sari tutorial, I came across this little pictorial explanation. I loved it because not only does it show you the (seemingly easy) steps but it’s so old school that I couldn’t resist posting it here. My favourite is the quote on the top right hand corner- ‘Possession of a saree will never be a waste. The Cloth is Convertible to any fancy wear like maxis and frocks’ .True that- I got a whole bunch of scarves, and other things made out of old saris. (Oh, just fyi, it’s okay to spell sari as saree as well-just in case you were wondering).Forgive the few typos in this , and let me know if any of you try tying a sari following these instructions.
While looking for a video on sari tying steps, I came across nothing very interesting- all the videos were pretty drab and boring (and from the 1970’s , I think) so I have decided apart from becoming a sari tying expert, I am going to also make a video on how to tie a sari! Should be fun!!!
Happy Wedding Wednesday!!