There are moments in our life that are so beautiful that they never fade from our memories. Some of my fondest memories have been with my three childhood friends and the one that stands out the most is the first time we wore a saree
Yes, that’s right. This is the story of the first time I wore a saree. This story happened a long time back when my friends and I were mere 10-12 year olds and for some unknown reason we decided that we were going to celebrate the holiday by wearing our favourite saree from our mom’s closet. Back in those days raiding my mom’s closet was the same as spending hours on any online shopping portal. Every inch of my mom’s closet was filled with yards and yards of beautiful saree in every colour imaginable.
I remember very excitedly telling my mom “Ammaaaa, I want a wear a saree!” She was both shocked and excited, but she let me do the most fun thing – attack her closet and find the saree I wanted to wear. I pulled out a pretty navy blue silk cotton saree and said, “This is the one! Amma I want to wear this!” I was so thin and tiny that my mom had a difficult time tying the saree. We didn’t have time to figure out the blouse so I ended up wearing a pavadai sattai as the in-skirt and blouse. Looking back at the picture all I can think of is how silly I looked, but to the 10-year-old me that was the most fun I had in ages and it felt wonderful wearing something my mom loved too.
Being someone who is extra clumsy I have worn the saree on only a handful of times, but every occasion I wore it to has been extra special. But the most memorable saree I have worn will definitely be the saree I wore on my wedding day when my husband and I said, “I do” and made a commitment to stand beside each other no matter what. It’s been a couple of years since my wedding and every now and then I take out my wedding saree and get lost in its beauty.
A lot of times people have asked me why I don’t wear a saree as often – to them, I just smile and say that the saree has been with me through every memorable moment of my life and it will always be by my side for beautiful memories to come.
To all those people out there rocking a saree Hi5 to you and to the rest of the world who haven’t experienced this beauty yet you are definitely missing out on a memorable experience. Let’s not forget all the fun accessories you get to adorn with a saree. Whether you are shopping at a store or on online shopping portals remember that the saree is almost like an empty canvas for you to paint your style and moments on.
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