Synopses & Reviews
Drawing on experiences from villagers in Bengal to scientists in Bangalore, this book explores the beauty, adaptability and personality of India's most iconic garment. Banerjee and Miller show why the sari has survived and indeed flourished as everyday dress when most of the world has adopted western clothing. Their book presents both an intimate portrait of the lives of women in India today and an alternative way for us all to think about our relationship to the clothes we wear.
A new bride is unable to move from her husband's motorbike as her sari comes undone. A young man wonders how he will cope with the saris complicated folds in a romantic clinch. A villager's soft, worn sari is her main comfort during a fever. Throughout the book, these and other remarkable stories place the sari at the heart of relationships between mothers and infants, mistresses and maids, designers and soap opera stars.
Illustrated and rich in personal testimony, The Sari expertly shows how one of the world's most simply constructed garments can reveal the intricate design of life in modern India.
"A fascinating look at this great Indian traditional wear told through the voices of women who love and live with it on a daily basis" --G. Chadha, director of Bend It Like Beckham
Featuring 150 specially commissioned color photographs and rich individual stories, The Sari shows how one of the world's most simply constructed garments reveals the intricate design of life in India.
The sari is India's most iconic garment. This book explores its beauty, adaptability and personality, and shows why the sari has survived and, indeed, flourished when most of the world has adopted western clothing.
About the Author
is Reader in Social Anthropology, University College London and author of The Parthan Unarmed.
Daniel Miller is Professor of Anthropology, University College London. Recent books include A Theory of Shopping, The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach (with Don Slater) and Ed. Car Cultures.