41 COMMENTS

  1. No thing khaas about the saree at all. Looks like an old nylex saree that our bai would wear when she visited homes in our complex. That bile color does nothing for the pretty lady, nor does the down market print. Not sure what you liked about the look at all, takes me by surprise.




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    • Don’t know what P&P think but I definitely find your comment offensive, rude, snobbish and very lowly, the kind even the ‘bais’ you are talking about!




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    • i think you should read up a bit on dhakai jamdaanis. it might help you figure out what is ‘khaas’ about this saree. and perhaps read up a bit on manners too?




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    • Oh look, yet another tasteless comment about something a bai would wear being automatic shorthand for cheap and ugly. We really are the most classist society.




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      • Well said, R! Seen so many remarks like this – “something even a would not wear/say/do etc”. I mean wth! As a kid growing up in India, the bai, aaya, fisherwoman – you know, all the “plebeians” – were all regular, hardworking folk who took also took great care of their looks and given the income they had, were always careful about turning out clean, neat, hair in place, pallu draped the perfect way etc. Just like any of the rich folks, but with a fraction of the means. I still remember one lady in particular who used to clean the common areas around our block and who was so nice to me and I remember her showing me her jewelry, and makeup stuff, all the care she put into dressing up every day and putting a bindi on me and saying that’s how I should dress when I get older etc. Not trying to romanticize things here, but at least the denizens of HHC should have learnt by now that taste, class, charm, elegance have nothing to do with how much money one has! And gaudiness, tackiness and overall WTHeyness are not limited to any class of people.
        If the OP made this remark without any malice intended and because sometimes we all have at some time said some asshatish things, I understand. If he/she actually thinks that way then I pity such people!




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  2. A “downmarket” sari can be upgraded, its a pity the same cannot be said about the mindset so prevalent on these pages that sees looking like a “bai” as a putdown. And then we wonder why India is such an unequal society…..

    Its not a great sari by any means. But Dia rocks it. As I am sure would bais I know who often look way better and neater in their downmarket saris than the memsaabs.

    PS: PnP I have often had comments censored here – it doesn’t bother me, its your pregorative, but sometimes I do wonder at what you let through. In this case the commenter should state that it looks like a cheap nylex sari without dragging in bais for e.g.




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    • yup it is a dhakai jamdani. Since its durga puja in Kolkata, a great time to break into the jamdanis. I love it and also the elegance it brings to anyone wearing it.
      For somebody who commented on it looking like nylex sarees I see where you are coming from, since nylex, synthetic sarees were inspired from traditional weaves. I have seen many a bandhni inspired nylex sarees. Olive(as interpreted bile) is in this season I thought with Manish Malhotra using the color scheme. Nobody without a lot of money wears MMs ;).




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  3. How lovely she looks, and this color looks so good on fair skin.

    Can’t believe how condescending some women can be on this blog by calling this a “bai” sari?
    And why does P&P allow such derogatory comments?




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  4. Wow it’s amazing how rude people can get… My “bai” labours harder than anyone I know- Has raised her own family, and now slogs to raise other people’s children. Isn’t that admirable? And yet we put these women down by questioning their taste. Unbelievable.
    On another note, have blingy sequinned shares been shoved so far down our collective throat that a traditional weave in traditional colours is itself dismissed as being a cheap nylon copy?
    If this is thinking by educated women, we really need to cringe and die of shame.




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  5. Eclat, I think the problem is that it looks like a jamdani print and not a jamdani weave hence the comments. But that maybe due to the photograph.

    Otherwise I am in agreement. Normally I am a publish everything sort but the putting down of “bai” fashion has gone on for too long and is tiresome and a ban hammer is needed. A similar comment on religious or regional groups for e.g.would never get through! Criticise the attire but stay away from personal comments or the ridiculing of entire sections of society.




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  6. Dhakai jamdanis look so elegant. Dia looks beautiful, as always.

    My “bai” wears sarees everyday, drapes them well and does all the housework gracefully. So I am not sure why some people use it in a derogatory sense. Most bais may not wear expensive sarees everyday, but the way they wear them is quite a compliment to the working saree.




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  7. Dear P&P and fellow blog followers, Sincere apologies if my comment came out sounding offensive, yes I should absolutely have thought twice before posting and ending up sounding rude and stand offish. All I (really meant to mean) was that our bai wore these mustard kinda color palattes and nylex and synthetic saree materials for work wear, because she did have to work with a lot of water that would occasionally leave water stains, and unfortunately her daily sarees went through a lot of wear and tear. She did have a nice collection that she reserved for special occasions that were absolutely traditional, simple yet divine. But I didn’t want to write all these on a blog comment. Anyways, long story short – our bai in Mumbai is someone I love and respect and it was not nice of me to have written a comment that sounded like I put her down, which in reality I didnt mean to. So apologies again and note to self – never write on those lines again.

    But that aside, I still stand by my original comment that Dia’s bile colored saree is not nice at all.




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  8. Its a jamdanni though the pattern of the weave is not a traditional jamdaani-I have a few such slightly different/modern Jamdaani’s-this one is not a great colour/weave pattern but she carries it beautifully .

    Shwetha.. Rather than using dis-respectful terms -may be better to say that..’ this looks like a run of the mill, cheap polyester saree’ …..if that is the point you were trying to make




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  9. While I like her in saris, I don’t like this one mainly for its colours….wish she’d worn a pink one, or even a pista green, something like this would have been super. Her makeup is great.




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  10. Dia looks lovely in the saree. It’s always nice to see Bollywood celebs ditch the bling and bring out the traditional sarees, but its even nicer to see when they change up the heavy silks for simple cotton sarees.
    However, I am certain that this is not a Dhakai jamdani. I am from Dhaka and an avid jamdani collector, so I know a bit about them. At a glance Dia’s saree does look like one, but I think her’s a particular type of Bengali taant, not a jamdani.




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