53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #1

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

I have been meaning to do this for a long time, but never got around to it. And last year, two of my friends, Smitha and Sravani, tagged into a Saree Challenge, that reminded me of this meme again. Finally starting it in this new decade, with a few pictures from 2019 included. Hopefully I will be able to finish it. And I am behind by three weeks to post, so hoping on catching up as well.

After a struggle of year and half battling Stage-4 Metastatic Breast Cancer, I was finally cleared in March of 2019 as Cancer Free with being put on "Maintenance Mode". It would mean that another two years to go before I get back to normal. However, my normal will never be the same, it will be a "new normal" as I am told. 

One of the biggest side-affects with cancer treatments for breast cancer was gaining weight. What with after I went through everything with beating cancer (chemotherapy, hormone treatment, radiation and surgery), I put on 40 lbs of weight. So, it was difficult for me to wear the clothes pre-cancer surgery. I did not even fathom that I would be wearing my sarees again. However, finally I decided to start them again. 

While my journey through the battle of cancer is being written elsewhere, let me continue on with the saree meme. As mentioned starting off with this one that was taken in August of 2019.

This particular saree I wore for Varalakshmi Vratam, an Indian festival, in August of 2019. This is a festival where one performs pooja to Goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity Gods. Goddess Varalakshmi is the one that grants boons or varas as in Sanskrit. This festival occurs Second Friday or the Friday before the Full Moon, in the month of Shravana that occurs between July and August. More about this festival can be found here.

So, this time I wore this beautiful burnished orange saree with a blue pallu (= the decorated end of my saree hanging loose). The material is Uppada Pattu (= Silk) with zari (= gold thread work) motifs inlaid into the weaving (More about the history of the saree here). The silk is named after the town Uppada, Andhra Pradesh; where the sarees were originally made using the age-old Jamdani method. These sarees are very light and breezy to wear, comfortable for anyone to carry them on all day.

This was originally a gift from my first sister-in-law, Swetha, to my mom. However, I took it from my mom since I loved the color combo. It comes with a pale-golden zari border weaved at the bottom of the saree as well. I decked it up with gold earrings and chain, along with silver anklets (not seen in the picture) and bangles on both wrists in colors coordinating with the saree.

I have loved wearing these beautiful drapes again. More to come in my next post. Keep watching. 


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