Did you think that the sari is not in vogue? Ha...think again and look around as SHILPA NAIR ANAND did

It is THE comeback, of the six-yard wonder. The sari is back, with a vengeance. Just take a look , there are just so many saris around. All those hoardings of Mandira Bedi draped in a sari, and a bevy of anonymous Eastern European beauties makes me wonder if that indeed is the case.

“The sari is coming back. I wanted to buy a kurta for my daughter-in-law, but she said she wanted a sari instead. I bought her a pink silk sari which she wore the very next day with a green blouse. She looked stunning,” says Sneha Menon. In fact, those who swear by the humble sari, those who did not sacrifice their pallavs for the practicality of the salwar-kurta vehemently defend the sari. “Who said the sari went anywhere?” True, it just took the backseat for a while, just biding its time. Shalini James of Mantra vouches for the fact. “The younger crowd is back to wearing saris for occasions. These were the people who were wearing dressy salwar-kurtas, now the sari has taken its place,” she says. That it is cumbersome, “that five-and-a-half metres is just too much fabric for a human being to lug around”…the litany goes on. But all that is a thing of the past, everybody is game for a sari. Look around you, every festive season, every boutique worth its label is stacking up on saris, and conducting an exhibition-cum-sale.

For all ‘Sizes’

The beauty of a sari in these ‘Size 0’ inspired days is that if you are a perfect 10, you can flaunt your curves and if you are a Size 10 then what better way to cover up those love handles and flab than the five-and-a-half metres of beautiful fabric? The pluses of the sari are plenty, you can wear the sari any which way you want.

Not to overstate the case for the sari there is still time before everybody starts wearing the sari on a regular basis, the salwar-kurta still is comfort wear, but it is a favourite for “occasions” (read weddings etc.) “Undoubtedly the salwar-kurta is comfortable but what can match the elegance of a sari?” asks Sheela N. who has only been wearing salwar-kurtas. She cannot resist buying that “exquisite” sari when she comes across one.

Timeless appeal

“There is a lot of interest in saris compared to the last few years. But it is the lightweight ones that are very popular. And colours, everybody loves colours and wants them, not for them beiges and off-whites,” says Bindu Harikrishnan of Diva Studio.

Although gaudy saris are not too much of a hit these day, what with most of the sari-wearing ‘janata’ swearing by the crepes, chiffons and silks, there is no denying the charm of the good old Kancheepurams and handloom saris.

Who else but our own Usha Uthup and her trademark Kancheepurams, impeccably worn may as well be the brand ambassador for the sari. She would make anyone want to wear one.

Or for that matter, Rekha and her fabulous silks?