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Online Sari Talks – Of Silk and Spun Dreams: Rosey Woodhead

June 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

woman with shoulder length dark hair wearing a pale blue sari

For this edition of the WOVEN festival, Manasamitra weave a series of talks around the graceful and multi-dimensional garment – the SARI. Now gaining a revival among the second generation diaspora around the
world, the SARI is a swirling 6 yards of material that can be draped in at least 85 different ways. Through these SARI talks, we see the various roles played by the Sari in our lives – a beautiful garment, heirloom
full of memories and even a salve for the mind. Supriya Nagarajan, Artistic Director of Manasamitra and a fervent sari wearer talks to a range of artists, curators and fabric specialists who provide fascinating perspectives on the important role played by the SARI in today’s world.

The third and final of these talks features Rosey Woodhead.

Rosey is a digital strategist, programme director and consultant, having worked with the NHS over 28 years, ranging from technological delivery, developing strategies, enabling convergence, through to leading on transformational challenges for digital change across health and care services.

In 2019, Rosey brought together a social group of women in the UK who all have a passion for wearing the tradition South Asian attire known as the Saree as part of the Global Saree Speak Social Meets on 30th November 2019. Where simultaneous social gatherings of women in sarees occurred on the same day. Saree Speak was founded in 2015 by a wonderful lady in Goa, India, Vini Tandon Keni. This group is a Facebook private social group exclusive to women globally who have a passion in draping the saree. The members are exceeding 150,000. There are rules of course and a wonderful group of volunteers moderate the page effectively.

Since then, the UK Saree Speak women evolved into the “Sareestas” with over 30 women actively draping and sharing their saree photos, telling stories, sharing news, books, movies and emotionally supporting one another through the good times and challenges. “We still follow many of the founding Saree Speak core rules, with a little relaxation.

Their meetings provide a safe haven for women to share stories and a support network without judgement. During the pandemic, this has been key to maintain mental wellbeing especially as lockdowns prevented social interaction.

The love of the six yards revived with empowered women binding into lifelong friendships.

The talk will take place on Manasamitra’s YouTube channel


June 23, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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