Learning to Wear a Saree

Sarees reflect the importance of conservative clothing in India, with blouses that cover the shoulders, a tie that ensures the chest is covered and a floor-length skirt that shows some shape without being too revealing. Sarees are also long-lasting and convenient clothes because (other than the blouse) sarees still fit when a woman loses or gains weight or if a saree is passed from mother to daughter. Sarees are a symbol of traditional Indian values, and that is why teachers, especially in Tamil Nadu, are often expected to wear sarees to maintain traditional dress and values among the children they teach. When I started wearing sarees to work, many women expressed their happiness to me. As I live in the community and work with the kids, I am proud to share my culture with the kids while also respecting the traditions and culture in which I am living.

Is this tradition connected to its environment? How?:

Sarees are adaptable to the temperatures of South India because they leave your side and part of your back exposed to help keep cool. However, the saree tail can be wrapped around one’s waist to keep a bit warmer or can be draped over one’s head in the rain. Sarees are adaptable and breathable, making them ideal for the climate of southern India.

Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
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