Sari series

“The Sari Series: An Anthology of Drape,” a non-profit project by Border and Fall, documents the various regional sari drapes of India through short films and photography. (the sariseries.com photo)

How many types of sari draping styles do you really know? To help women see the potential in a sari and also keep this truly versatile garment alive and vibrant, Border and Fall, a digital publication and creative agency, has launched “The Sari Series: An Anthology of Drape,” a digital anthology documenting India’s regional sari drapes.

The non-profit project is based on the fact though the sari can be worn in many different ways, it has overwhelmingly been whittled down to one recognized style of draping known as the Nivi drape.

“The Sari Series” intends to address the need for a shift in perception of this unstitched garment, often seen as staid, traditional, and increasingly worn only on formal occasions, particularly in urban India, by providing free access to not only learn the sari’s many regional drapes but to also celebrate it as an incredible design contribution from India.

Through films and photography, Border and Fall is addressing the perception shift in two distinct ways: by creating the first digital anthology of drape, documenting how-to drape over 80 regional saris through short films. A suite of basic how-to films exists to teach foundational techniques like pleating and knotting; and by exploring the sari’s past, present and future in three independent films directed by filmmakers Q, Bon Duke, Pooja Kaul.

By documenting the past, “The Sari Series” attempts to look forward by creating a shared dialogue and touch point for the sari today. The series has already been recognized by The Museum of Modern Art, which is currently showcasing five films from “The Sari Series” at its exhibit, “Items: Is Fashion Modern? The exhibition explores fashion items that have had a strong impact on history and society, and continue to do so.

These films are available free of cost across social media and on www.thesariseries.com.  

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