A Lighter Side of History: The Timeless Appeal of the Indian Sari
The sari is one of the longest surviving garments in the world's history of textiles, and considered to be a living heritage. The many yards of colourful fabric that go into a sari evoke an image of both timeless elegance and avant-garde chic. In celebration of Deepavali, A Lighter Side of History presents this fascinating talk by sari enthusiasts Sarita Alurkar-Sriram and Sudha Kanago, who will bring to life the ancient journey of the Indian sari – from weaves to colourful myths, draping styles, symbolic motifs, Singapore's own sari story, and more! Participants can also try on a range of sari after the talk.
About the Speakers
Sarita Alurkar-Sriram is a marketing professional who has been captivated by the “unstitched piece of cloth” for years. Armed with extensive research on India’s rich handwoven textile traditions, Sarita has given talks at the Asian Civilisation Museum, the National Library Board’s Central Public Library, and other libraries and forums in Singapore and abroad. She regularly shares her passion for the handwoven sari on her popular Facebook page “The Timeless Appeal of the Indian Sari”.
Sudha Kanago is a corporate professional from the healthcare industry. Her passion for historical literature, textiles and travel to remote parts of India have helped her connect her research on textiles to the cultural context of their origin. She has given talks on the different weaves from India to textile enthusiasts and shares her continuous research on weaves, textiles and motifs on “The Timeless Appeal of the Indian Sari” Facebook page that she co-runs with Sarita.
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About A Lighter Side of History
A Lighter Side of History celebrates Singapore’s diverse multicultural heritage, from food and dress to the different languages and customs passed down over the years. Featuring a range of fun and engaging hands-on workshops, talks, performances and demonstrations by heritage experts as well as collectors and practitioners, A Lighter Side of History is designed for everyone from beginners to history enthusiasts.
This programme is organised by the National Museum of Singapore.