Happily, we non-Indian ladies were not left on our own to try to figure out how to wrap one. In case you aren't familiar with the sari (or "saree"), it's a traditional Indian garment that is made of a cropped blouse and a coordinating piece of fabric several meters long that is worn over a skirt and wrapped and pleated around the body in various ways. It's often richly embellished and made in vibrant colors and patterns. I agree with Indian aesthetics; more is more! For my sari, the blouse included was far too big for me. I made it smaller and removed the sleeves. Sleeveless blouses were a popular 1930s sari trend, so I thought I'd stick with my favorite era here, too!
|Me, Anisha, and Saehee (photo credit to Elizabeth)|
|After a recent haircut, my hair is MUCH shorter than I expected. It's still not long enough to pin curl yet, hence the straight, weird 'do.|
|Our church pastoral team (photo credit to Elizabeth)|
Have you ever gotten a chance to wear a sari or another piece of Indian clothing? What was your experience like, and how did others respond?
Have there been times when you put aside your personal preferences or views in order to show respect and value to another person? How would you gauge when it's appropriate to stand up for your personal rights and when to lay them down for someone else's good?