21
Friday
September 2018
11:59 AM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
National News
Sabyasachi says sorry for sari remark, using word 'shame'
 
New Delhi, Feb 14 (PTI) Fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee today apologised for his comments on Indian women and the sari after he faced a backlash from women's groups and others.

The Kolkata-based designer posted an open letter on Instagram, saying he regrets using the word "shame" while talking about the inability of some women to wear a sari at the Harvard India Conference last week.

"... Allow me to sincerely apologise for the words that I used while answering impromptu questions at a conference at Harvard. I am sorry that I used the word 'shame' in reference to some women's inability to wear a sari. I truly regret that the way in which I tried to make a point about the sari enabled it to be interpreted as misogynistic, patriarchal, and non-inclusive - this was certainly not my intention," he wrote.

Many, particularly on social media, took offence to the remarks from the designer to the stars, calling them patriarchal and anti-feminist.

Sabyasachi had told Indian students in Harvard on Saturday, "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."

Clarifying his remarks, the celebrity designer said a woman had asked him to comment on the cultural taboo of young women wearing saris because society tells them that it "makes them look older".

"The ubiquity of such sentiments in our culture, evidenced by the fact that this question was posed to me at Harvard, of all places, was hard-hitting and triggered an unfortunate series of reactions on my part," he said in a three-page letter on his Instagram page.

Sabyasachi, who said he has "worked with the sari for 16 years", also spoke of how some women are body shamed for choosing to wear the traditional drape and added that it was this "constant barrage of negativity" which mushroomed into the comments he eventually made.

"Yet another question of ageism and the sari at Harvard triggered a lot of pent-up frustration that I have accrued for that segment of our society which constantly expresses disdain for this piece of Indian heritage.

"It is this frustration that I unfortunately generalised to Indian women in response to the question, when I now see that I should have framed it as a call to stop shaming the sari and whomever chooses to wear it," he said.

The designer said he is passionate about textiles and Indian heritage but admitted he used the wrong words to express his point of view.

"... I am sorry that in the heat of that moment, I allowed this passion to be misplaced. I take full responsibility for this. Body shaming, attaching connotations of 'Auntie Ji', calling them sloppy; these are all ways that some men and women alike belittle the sari (and, more accurately, the wearer of the sari)."

Many women, young and old, are scared to have an outing in a sari because it is shrouded in so many layers of taboo and controversy, often citing inability to correctly drape a sari as an exit point, he wrote.

According to the designer, the majority of his staff at Sabyasachi Couture are women.

"I have always, and will continue to love and respect women irrespective of the labels recently assigned to me. It was in this spirit that I started my brand, and that is how it shall remain till the day we decide to shut its doors.


CAT 2018: Registration extended to Sept 26; Admit card to Release on Oct 24
2 history-sheeters arrested following encounter: Police
Attack on Cong workers in Chhattisgarh is political persecution: Rahul Gandhi
Instant Triple Talaq to be criminal offence
BJP, Congress mock Mamata's foreign visit
Three infants die every two minutes in India: UNIGME
'Sidhu could have avoided hugging Pak Army chief'
India's first IAS officer Anna Rajam Malhotra dies
'Launched Morcha for bringing change in UP, India'
ISRO to launch 18 missions in next six months
Jinson Johnson wins the prestigious Arjuna Award
Bank Officials Who Loaned To Vijay Mallya May Be Charged Soon: Sources
4,388 CCTV cameras installed across Delhi to ensure security of women, city police tells high court
Maharashtra court issues arrest warrant against AP CM, others
Stalin appoints T R Baalu as DMK principal secretary
Congress veteran D D Lapang quits party
ISRO Spy case: SC awards Rs 50 lakh compensation to Nambi Narayanan
Know What Does Percentile Score Stands for, in JEE Main
Six injured as bus rams into Army vehicle in Baramulla
Govt has brought a new work culture: PM
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Viswasam- On set photos leaked
 A few photos from the set of Ajith's Viswasam is going viral on social media. The photos show Ajith  
Aiswarya- Abhishek's Gulab Jamun would go on floor in mid 2019
Varun and Anushka signed as ambassadors of Skill India Campaign
Madhuri, Alia, Varun and to share screen
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Kim, Moon join hands on peak of sacred North Korean volcano
 (Pyongyang, Sep 20, 2018):The leaders of the rival Koreas took to the road for the final day
Palestinian schools strive to modernize classrooms
Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose 'bad things'
100 die in severe flooding in Nigeria: relief agency
KERALA NEWS
Bar bribery case: Court dismisses the vigilance report
 Thiruvananthapuram: The vigilance special court dismissed the report that absolved K.M. Mani from th
State Kalolsavam to be held in December
Actor Captain Raju passes away at 68
Hartal affected normal lives
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2018 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.