Online Sari Talks – Of Silk and Spun Dreams: Uthra Rajgopal
June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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.
This first of the talks features Uthra Rajgopal, Independent Curator and specialist in South Asian textiles.
The sari. A colourful, vibrant, length of woven cloth, often embellished with embroidery or print. But have you ever wondered, what exactly is a sari? How is it made? How is it worn? Where does it originate from? If you have always wanted to know more about this beautiful garment, then join Supriya Nagarajan and Uthra Rajgopal for an in depth and fascinating conversation about this fabulous garment. We will take a look at the different ways in which the sari can be worn and how we can read a person’s cultural identity, just by the way it is draped and wrapped. It’s the garment that can be handed down the generations, accommodating whatever your body shape or lifestyle may be, from the adventurous days of our youth through to pregnancy, busy working life, middle age and beyond. The sari is your most trusted friend for life. And due to its versatility, we know that the sari can benefit and impact the way we consume fashion, ultimately making it kinder to the environment. A magical and transformative garment that comes alive when we wear and move in it. Yet, in the present climate, the sari is having to compete with a whole array of other items in the global market of fashion. Are we now seeing the decline of the sari? And if so, what is its future?
We invite you to join us to find out more in what is set to be a lively and uplifting journey.
The talk will take place on Manasamitra’s YouTube channel