Did you know the way we wear saree has " TAGORE CONNECTION ''
Recently we came across a very significant fact about saree . Jasvinder Kaur who is professor cum author in her new book ‘Influences of the British Raj on the Attire and Textiles of Punjab’ shared an interesting facts about the Indian attire and how it evolved during the British time and how it completely changed the overall look of our own saree. She reveals “The art of saree draping which every Indian lady follows is inspired by the Britishers.
In the beginning , saree was a single garment without a petticoat and blouse . That means ,saree was worn by our Indian ladies back then without blouse and petticoat .
She mentioned how the modern saree draping style is influenced by, Rabindranath Tagore’s family! “It was popularised by Rabindranath Tagore’s sister-in-law Jnanadanandini Devi who was wife of Rabindranath Tagore’s brother Satyendranath Tagore. He was the first Indian to join the Indian Civil Service. And so he had to meet many foreigners . During that time saree was a single garment which women wore without a petticoat and a blouse and so it wasn’t easy for women to go out of the house and interact socially. It is widely believed that it was Satyendranath Tagore’s wife Jnanadanandini Devi, who introduced the new form of wearing sarees which is universally accepted in INDIA today . Another story attached to it is that once Jnanadanandini’s husband, Satyendranath was not well and his wife had to attend some functions and probability is she wore saree in a new style or had completely changed saree draping stlye.
Our pride ,our saree has evolved in many different ways and it holds many stories and history.