Sari Sunday started trying to reclaim traditional practices of wearing this famous and diverse garment of choice for Indian women. But it grew into a movement beyond the many yards of fabric and began to recover the cultural histories for women that are represented by it in one way or another. The sari is not seen as a garment that adorns women but a symbol that points to the diversity of their experiences that are not limited to what they may or may not be wearing.
Sari Sunday does not represent the achievements of a garment; it makes visible the lives of women. Through its many mutations, the Sari Sunday campaign has fixed upon this idea of women’s choices and attempts to put this out for more people to participate in this moment of change.
As we take the campaign forward, we want to draw from the range of experiences women and transwomen in India and South Asia embody. We are living through times when we are confronted everyday by more female voices demanding space and attention- female voices, moreover, that are not confined by barriers of class, caste, sexuality or race- and Sari Sunday will try to map this landscape of voices as they leave their marks upon our culture. By weaving the narratives of ordinary women, extraordinary women- good women and bad women- into the textures of our present, we hope to craft a fuller experience of our time that does not reproduce the silences of the past.