On Indian sarees and colors

Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. India, 2018.

I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t impressed or even a bit jealous –in a healthy way– of how elegantly all the women I met in India were wearing the sari. All those bright and saturated colours, the silky fabrics, the eye-catching geometrical patterns and the waves that the drapes formed while they walked before my eyes, were more than enough to catch the attention of my lens. All those perfectly draped sarees gave women empowerment and boldness. 

Most of the drape styles are regionally specific and –just like food and language in India– the drapes are a result of culture, geography and function. In this story, you’ll get a glimpse of portraits of women wearing the sari mainly in Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. All of them are different but there’s a common denominator I heard once: the sari transcends socio-economic divisions and is seen as an egalitarian garment.