As a non-Indian, knowing for nearly two years that I’ll be traveling to India has been thrilling and daunting. It’s thrilling for the obvious reason that anything new is always exciting – new sights, bold colors, spiritual sensations. And, it’s daunting because I want to make sure I don’t make any cultural goofs. For months, I’ve been reading up on Hindu wedding customs, listening to Hindu prayers on YouTube and asking my Indian friends for dos and don’ts tips.
Cultural education aside, I also wanted to find the perfect sari to wear for the wedding ceremony. That’s when I turned to the experts at Exclusively.In, a website that sells high-end saris and other Indian fashion wears. Clothing is custom made and takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks to arrive stateside. But, given my hectic work and baby schedule, I popped into the NYC showroom, and pulled three saris they had on hand (thank goodness for good tailors) that caught my eye. Naturally, a photo shoot had to follow.
Lina, my fabulous photographer (who happened to grow up on Bollywood movies in Russia – go figure), and I, had an amazing time shooting these photos. I think she also got a kick out of me figuring out how to wrap, fold, tuck and drape my sari.
Thank you to Shikeen and this how-to- video for helping a Caucasian navigate the complex task of sari wrapping. Fortunate, when I get to Delhi, someone is going to drape me.
Which sari do you like best? Which one should I wear? Check back in two weeks when I reveal photos from the wedding and my magical trip to India. You can also follow my travel adventures on Instagram.