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"I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a saree, I would say shame on you,” Sabyasachi said.
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Men in the country seem to have a problem with a lot of things that women do (or don't). Women drinking beer scare men, women wearing jeans trouble them, women talking on the phone could cause violence, and so on and so forth.

The recent person to join the list of men-who-have-an-opinion-on-what-women-should-be-doing-even-though-women-frankly-couldn't-care-less is fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

Speaking at the Harvard India Conference, Sabyasachi criticised women, especially the younger generation, who do not know how to drape a saree. 

"I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a saree, I would say shame on you. It's a part of your culture, you need to buck up and stand up for it," he said, receiving applause from the audience. The event took place on Saturday, and the session was moderated by journalist Nidhi Razdan.

He also said that the saree is admired across the globe, and that Indian women are identified with it.

He then explained how the relationship between an Indian woman and saree is that of a human being and a serpent.

Yes, you read that correctly.

"It's a relationship of misunderstanding. You need to embrace the saree. Wars have been fought in saree. Grandmothers have slept in saree and have woken up without a single pleat out of their way," he added.

You can listen to his remarks here. Skip ahead to 3:32:40 - 3:33:11.

 

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To be fair, he also did mention the dhoti. "Indian women have kept alive the saree, but the dhoti is dead."

Did he shame men for not wearing dhoti anymore? No. But that is not required at all. Because it is perfectly possible to promote saree or dhoti or any other thing without having to shame someone for not using it.

The designer, known for turning heads with his creations, has now got heads nodding disapprovingly at his comments.