By: Tanuja Desai Hidier
Wearing this sari feels like throwing a party—a gardeny, street-arty, comic bookish, Gran Prix, Alice in Wonderland, fruit-falling-off-trees party—on your body. Fun, festive, chaotic: a dancing canvas; a nutty ice-cream cone of an outfit. The grin-inducing clishclash of patterns immediately brought to mind what was already in my ears (and making me grin): New Order’s album Music Complete –whose artwork, created by Peter Saville, uncannily matches it (well, then I suppose anything would match this sari!). The album art varies depending on the format (for example, on the CD it’s yellow, red, blue, green clockwise; the LP, red, yellow, green, and blue). I love the music: infectiously joyful, danceable, even the ‘sad’ songs, and layered with gorgeous sonic tones and shades. And the variation in the art is a great touch, as art, like anything, is an ever evolving shape-shifting thing, depending on the ‘taster’. A metamorphosing drape in it’s own way, according to how you hear, see, wear, feel it. A Tutti-Frutti of different hues and gouts. (And another, however rather different, composer and shape-shifter of color was on the walls in the room in which New Order was in my ears and this sari upon me: Mark Rothko. So I have included this tunesmith of shape, shade, scale—designer of a new and wonderful form of abstract painting—here too). Felt kind of out there, but fitting. Like this drape.
Despite the name I’ve given it and the crazy fun pattern, this is a more traditional drape: Tuck one end in on the right side. Bring it around the back. Pleat in front and tuck in. Bring the rest of the material around from behind. Cross it over the left shoulder.
Soundtrack: New Order/”Tutti Frutti”