Even as playwright Rani Moorthy’s one woman show ‘Whose Sari Now?’, in which 5 characters share their sari tales, came to an end in December 2016, this humble garment has been taken up by women with renewed vigour. Described as ‘a world of meaning in a single piece of cloth’, the sari encapsulates the beauty, adaptability and personality of India’s most iconic garment. The multifunctional sari is used to “filter out smog, carry keys, wipe a table, lift a hot vessel, wipe sweat and protect one’s modesty” whilst at the same time being used as a garment for seduction, passion and flirtation and to rock the red carpet!
Unsurprising that many women have taken up wearing a sari this year, with an exploration of traditional, classic fabrics, vintage designs and contemporary patterns all vying for attention.
Style is about more than just fashion. It is about presenting oneself with flair, exhibiting a verve for colour and appreciating the manner in which clothes, accessories and hair all work together to present a truly unique appearance. It is also about appreciating fabrics – the texture, appearance, colour and feel. And nothing is more difficult to pull off than a sari. Here we present the….
Top 5 Most Stylish Women in a Sari in 2016
Presented in alphabetical order by surname
- Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson
- Prime Minister Theresa May
- Hasina Momtaz
- Rita Mehta
- Shuchita Sonalika
In November 2016, Theresa May chose her first visit to India as Prime Minister to show that she can carry off a sari as effortlessly as any Asian woman. She donned a gold and green sari on the final day of her trip to India to drum up trade for Britain, and declared her visit a success in her drive to build “global Britain”. The Prime Minister wore the sari, as she visited the Sri Someshwara Hindu temple in Bangalore barefoot. Her efforts were a hit with many positive comments on social media.
Not to be outdone, in December 2016, the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, opted for a blue and gold heavily embellished sari for the British Curry Awards ceremony at London’s Battersea Evolution. She wore her red hair loose around her shoulders, adding to her opulent look with a pair of jewel-studded sandals, a bracelet and a glittering gold clutch bag.
Also attending the BCA ceremony was Hasina Momtaz, a British Bangladeshi news presenter, media and communications expert and former press officer for the Mayor of London. Although the Editor in Chief of the Asian Sunday newspaper and Asian Style magazine was busy posting pictures of the Duchess of York, she was herself resplendent in a glittering pink and gold sari.
Art collector, Rita Mehta, wife of Team Relocations Founder Yogesh Mehta, has a truly artistic style of dress, wearing short and long evening dresses, jeans, salwar kameez, ballgowns and the inimitable sari. We think she looks stunning in this pink and gold sari matched with a lime green blouse.
And finally, the sari is often worn to make a statement. Shuchita Sonalika, UK Director of the Confederation of Indian Industry wore a traditional weave sari from Andhra Pradesh to welcome a CII delegation from that state in India, to the UK on Thursday 15th December 2016 at the Indian High Commission, London.
It seems that when to comes to business, the sari can be as disarming as a well-prepared presentation!