By Priya Saujani, Jan 3 2012 09:10PM
The Whole Six Yards is a project of self discovery and aims to answer this question, why do I and other girls from my background and ethnicity find it out of the ordinary, even strange or embarrassing to think of having a sari as a staple item to their everyday wardrobe. I hope that the project creates a dialogue to what seems a growing invisible rejection towards the sari. I hope it will conclude whether there is room left for authenticity, history, and ethnicity in the age I live in.
The journey consists mostly of my journal, which outline my experiences in my public interventions wearing a Sari as an everyday garment be it the pub, work or shopping. I allow my body to be the stage and the sari to be the main attraction. The performances consist of a series of public interactions, which outline the reactions and documentation of the public towards me in a sari. This journey also bears witness to my first visit to India at the age of twenty three, allowing me to explore how prominent the sari is in India’s capital Mumbai.
The project will touch on the cultural isolation and social conditioning I seem to create for my self and also try and capture any hostile attitudes that I am afraid of facing.
All in all I hope to make peace with the sari.