I forget that people that are not Indian don’t know much about Indian garments and they all don’t have the luxury of knowing every detail, so I drew a little infographic to help the cause.
I’m no expert, but I noted to the best of my ability.
This graphic is awesome, so thank you for it. I love saris, but I’ve never thought to look up what the different parts are called.
I actually have a sari (and a salwar kameez) that I bought last November-ish after wanting one for years because they’re so gorgeous, but I wasn’t sure if I should wear it because I didn’t want to be culturally appropriative, especially because I’m Chinese and I don’t like it when non-Chinese people appropriate Chinese things. I spoke with a couple of friends about their feelings on my wearing it. My desi friend said she personally wouldn’t have a problem with it, while my white friend agreed that my uncertainty about practicing cultural appropriation meant I probably shouldn’t wear it.
It’s been five months and it’s still in my closet, unworn except for when I tried it on at the stores I bought it from. I was really excited when one of my Pakistani friends invited me to her cousin’s wedding that was taking place in February because I thought I’d finally get a chance to wear it, but it ended up not happening, so. :( This Pakistani friend is actually the person I went shopping for these clothes with; she was happy when I told her how much I love saris, and encouraged me to buy the sari and salwar kameez I ended up getting, so that’s also part of the reason why I previously thought it’d be okay to wear them.
I’m going to stop rambling now to ask what any desi people reading this think: How do you feel about a non-desi person wearing a sari? Would it make a difference if this person had been invited to wear one by a desi friend, and/or to an event where everyone else would be wearing one (because that’s the only time I’d wear it)? Please leave a message in my ask or reblog this from me, whichever you prefer. I wouldn’t want to bother or offend anyone by wearing it, which is why my expensive, gorgeous clothes have been in storage this whole time.
CC: ^^^^ This is how you ask to partake in a culture that is not your own. Respectfully. Tentatively. Humbly.
Not to take away from the infographic but I’ve heard silly stories of white women talking about “Indian-themed parties omg so kyoot”.
-_- Come on.