Textile Talk: Dream of the Drape

September 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm

In every culture, women’s wear has always been more elaborate than men’s wear. Women are often associated to beauty, and this usually extends to their attire. One of the more elaborate traditional women’s costumes in Malaysia has to be the saree of the Indians.

Learn about the saree at this exhibtion

The saree is quite a unique costume, and is actually a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine metres in length. In its own way it defies definition, as this simple strip of cloth is transformed into a complex costume, merely by the technique in which is used to wrap the body. The saree covers quite a lot of the body, yet has always been regarded as quite an exotic and sensual outfit, often revealing as much as it conceals. It has been worn by generations of Indian women, and has become one of the most famous symbols of Indian culture.

This September, the National Textile Museum is holding an exhibition and fashion show celebrating the saree. Entitled Dream of the Drape, this exhibition is from 7th till 11th September, from 9 am to 6 pm. Two fashion shows are lined up as well, taking place on Saturday, 10th September, from 6 pm to 9 pm, and Sunday, 11th September, from 3 pm to 6 pm. Admission is free to all.

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