A lot Indian women would agree that a saree is not just a six yard piece of fabric, but a wonder of elegance, indeed! While most wear it occasionally, it’s still considered as India’s pride and epitome of beauty. A saree definitely takes a lot of time to be draped, but the end result is a beautiful women who feels confident. In recent times, women have ditched this wonder garment for more practical wear like salwar-kameez, but they don’t forget to wear it on special occasions.
One such designer who has created a niche for himself in the Indian market is Sabyasachi Mukherjee. The Bengali designer is known for his beautiful saris and traditional Indian bridal wear, which is worn by famous celebrities. A celebrity who recently endorsed his designs for her grand wedding was Anushka Sharma.
However, Mukherjee has now come in the limelight for making a stand for Indian sarees and critising women who can’t drape them. This happened when he addressed the Harvard India Conference, which was attended by particularly younger generation. He said:
“I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a saree, I would say shame on you. It’s a part of your culture, you need to buck up and stand up for it.”
You can watch his following comments from the video below:
He also said that “the saree is admired across the globe, and that Indian women are identified with it.” But seems like Mukherjee’s opinions didn’t go down well with the Indian women, who need a chance to attack men in any circumstance.
Take a look at some of these responses:
Yes ..I dnt knw how to drap a saree n I dnt wear dem dt often ..bt does dt make me less cultured
N also most women can't afford #Sabyasachi sarees ..ny plans to reduce d prices in future ??aft all u r a flag bearer of culture n tradition 🙏
— Dr.Nupur 🎬👻 (@Nupurkharangate) February 12, 2018
#Sabyasachi wht will you say those ladies who r working and dont knw indian cooking plz unko bhi kuch bol do ab..
— Raksha (@ChRaksha) February 12, 2018
Where do I even start with the hypocrisies this man spews?
Lovely to have another privileged Indian man comment on a woman’s choice of clothing when a majority of the population can’t even afford his designs.
— DM (@chulbuli_pandey) February 12, 2018
First they shame women for drinking beer, laughing too loud, studying too much and now for not knowing how to wear a saree? Dude go back to designing stuff for the crooked millionaires and not do anything for the country! #Sabyasachi
— Deveshi Chandan (@tooth_crazy) February 12, 2018
Sabyasachi Mukherjee should wear this dress for daily work below before giving fashion tips to the younger generation. pic.twitter.com/f4gnlrGwYf
— The Wise Owl (@ITheWiseOwl) February 12, 2018
Slamming his comments, Indian women continued their fury:
— Suguna Dewan (@SugunaDew) February 12, 2018
One more man trying to tell us women how we're supposed to live, how we deserved to be ashamed, and what our culture is supposed to be. Shame on me, I can't wear a saree all by myself. 🙄🙄 #Sabyasachi https://t.co/eXBMmn0mRU
— Arunima Gururani (@arunimagururani) February 12, 2018
Saree isn't even the traditional dress of every community in India, so if Sabyasachi can rewind himself back into the womb he came from and get aborted, we'd all be very happy without his existence. We know where to get the copies.
— vestal virgin arousing lust in filthy souls ☭ (@inshallahvolcel) February 12, 2018
(If you don’t know how to wear a saree, shame on you: Sabyasachi to Indian women) Like really??
I may not know how to wear a Saree but it doesn't mean I am less Indian or I don't respect my culture. I can't say about the rest, but at least I don't think like that 😕
— Priyanka Bhatt (@iPriyankaBhatt) February 12, 2018
— the lotus eater (@sabathenomad) February 12, 2018
The attention suddenly went towards knowing if he knew how to tie a dhoti!
Have you ever been to the south of India ! How could you say the dhoti is dead ! You don’t know anything about the culture and customs of the South of India and you don’t want to know !!!
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— Aparna Jaishankar (@AparnaJaishank1) February 12, 2018
— Preksha Malu (@prekshums) February 12, 2018
Even the men were not far behind from this bullying.
sabyasachi telling indian women how to wear a saree is classic example of MANSPLAINING
— 📵 (@ElCrankoPunko) February 12, 2018
Sabyasachi: Women who don't know how to wear a saree are asabya. Sachi
— Diogenes (@diogeneb) February 12, 2018
Maybe fewer young women are not wearing sarees because you're selling em for 80K bro pic.twitter.com/atGail8ehq
— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) February 12, 2018
He’s not wearing an Indian attire either. I don’t find men wear Indian attire to their work place. We wear what we find comfortable. Sarees are for festivities. And those who find saree comfortable for daily wear, do wear them.
— MeetuM (@GoodSam62108564) February 12, 2018
#Sabyasachi Yet another entitled Indian male tries to tell Indian women how they should behave. @sabya_mukherjee Do you even hear the words coming out of your mouth or are you really that self-involved? Oh, you're a fashion celeb. Never mind.
— Abhishek Uchil (@abhishekuchil89) February 13, 2018
The hateful comments lead to a huge outcry, but there were some who knew the real deal:
He is absolutely right! There is no pride in blindly immitating western culture n forget n ignore our own culture n tradition.
— Aakash (@Aakash_1947) February 12, 2018
Now will the feminists try to prove Sabyasachi wrong by posting their pictures in saree?
If they can post their pictures drinking beer to prove Parikar wrong, why not post pictures in saree to prove #Sabyasachi wrong? https://t.co/gZtECnaKl6
— Rita (@RitaG74) February 12, 2018
I'm sorry but I agree with #Sabyasachi it's a shame that we can't wear it as quickly as our mothers and aunts would. It's a beautiful garment and must be brought back to the forefront and made more common.
— Sameen (@amarllyis) February 12, 2018
Do you really think that the Sabyasachi who designs deep cut blouses, skirts, and collaborates with freaking Louboutin would try to school women on what to wear?
He was telling everyone to embrace it and not let it die. Like so many of our fabrics, and yes, dhoti! #Sabyasachi
— Apurva Jain (@SheenaApur) February 12, 2018
— Aishwarya (@AishuMeena) February 12, 2018
While the Tweeple were busy with their comments, Sabyasachi just launched his favourite muse Deepika Padukone for his wallpaper line with Nilaya. He has collaborated on their second collection of wallpapers, Chapter II: India Revival Project.
His remarks received a barrage of opinion on Twitter, but will the designer come out to defend himself?