Sabyasachi to Indian women: If you don’t know how to wear a saree, shame on you
India’s top fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee on Saturday criticised the younger generation of Indian women for not knowing how to wear sarees and preferring western outfits over Indian ones. He said in his speech at the Harvard India Conference.
“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 stand up for it,” Sabyasachi told Indian students at the Harvard India Conference.
His remarks were received with a loud applause from the audience, however the Twitterverse went into a meltdown following his comment. Sabyasachi's design philosophy is "personalized imperfection of the human hand". Deserts, gypsies, prostitutes, antique textiles and cultural traditions of his home town, Kolkata, have been a lifelong inspiration for this designer who believes that "clothes should just be an extension of one's intellect". He uses unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, fusion of styles, patch-work with embellishments in a vibrant colors. His creations evoke images of ancient and medieval ages. He describes his own collections as "an International styling with an Indian soul".