In her welcome address, Pandey spoke about the history and continued significance of Saree in Indian culture explaining that it has been recognized the world over as Indian women’s national attire.
She stressed that the show was a small effort to unravel the mystique of Indian ethnic wear that continues to intrigue and mystify women all over the world.
She pointed out that the Saree is a six yards of elegance and comfort, a quintessential Indian garment worn even during the time of antiquity and its resilience also reflects the resilience of Indian culture.
Speaking about the regional diversity in the ways in which Sarees are made and draped, she noted that weavers and designers have generated a treasure house of ideas and created such a vast range of Sarees that if a woman wore a different Saree each day, the weaves, prints and designs would be all different from one another during her entire life span.
Some of the famous varieties of handmade Sarees from different regions of India are: North-Banarasi silk, Chikankari, Bhagalpuri, Jamavar, Maheshwari; West-Patola, Bandhani, Ghatchola, Paithani, Parsigara, Karvati; East-Baluchari, Kantha, Sambalpuri, Jamdani; South-Pachampalli,
Beautiful Indian women, from Indian community in Muscat, draped in varieties of Sarees, walked the ramp, showcasing beautifully crafted Sarees from various States of India, worn in different styles.
An exhibition of Indian ethnic Saree collection, showcasing the distinct, diverse and rich Saree traditions of India, sourced from Lulu Hypermarket, was also on display. A Bridal Wear Show, depicting different costumes worn by brides during their marriage, from diverse regions of India, was another attraction of the Evening.
A demonstration of how to drape a Saree drew great enthusiasm and interest from among the hundreds of women, who attended the Show, including Omani women from various Ministries, Omani businesswomen, wives of diplomats and prominent women from the Indian community. There are more than 80 ways of draping a Saree but the most common drape is to wrap the Saree around the waist with one end draped over the shoulder.