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Shiranthi to wear only handloom sarees
Wednesday, 19 April 2006 - 2:58 AM SL Time

Shiranthi Rajapakse, wife of President Mahainda Rajapakse, has promised to wear only handloom sarees hereafter in order to assist the hand loom industry and popularise local textiles among our women.

She gave this pledge at the `Bridal Fashion Show`, held at the BMICH recently, at which she was the chief guest.

According to her, local women have not yet realized the value and glamour of handloom textiles. She pointed out the importance of using local products in order to develop country`s economy.

This fashion show was organised by the Ministry of Textile Industry Development in collaboration with leading bridal designers. Thirty five models, dressed as brides in handloom sarees, paraded on the stage, showcasing the elegance of local textile.



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LuckyJay
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19 Apr 2006 01:15:45 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Not every women in Srl lank can afford to buy hand made Saree's.
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19 Apr 2006 01:19:08 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Very true LuckyJay

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19 Apr 2006 02:34:19 GMT  Report for Abuse   
What a great example...but watch out!

Our common enemy, maninder, the standing outsider, would now arrange to dump some cheap Indian handloom sarees on our market, thus destroying our industry.

INCREASE DUTY ON INDIAN SAREES BY 300%

Can you imagine the influence on our girls FASHIONS, if these steps were initiated by Sirima / Chandrika?

Not too late, not too late...

My immense appreciation of the courage shown by the first lady.
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19 Apr 2006 03:33:18 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Vinivida,

Do you need COURAGE to wear cottom pants and shirts? I wore the sari to the University of New South Wales after I heard an Older White Australian lady exclaim 'for goodness sake give me someone who can speak English' . Since I was the only one wearing sari to the University of New South Wales I needed courage. Not Madam Rajapakse to wear cottom sari - worn by many Sri Lankans every day to work.

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Thanks Nantha

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Gaja / natha

What I meant by 'courage' is that within Sri Lanka, most women go for 'imported' sarees because the upper class' women wear them. All these fashions, as you know are, handowns from certain sectors of the society. It's upto our leaders to ensure that by actions they send correct message.

Gaja, I appreciate your courage to stick to your dress code. I am sure some others in Australia would have appreciated and asked questions about sarees!

Natha, great to to hear about your association with handloom industry.
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19 Apr 2006 06:00:37 GMT  Report for Abuse   
Saree is not practical in this day and age. Its too cumbersome, takes too long to wear and not very conducive to spontaneous love making. Layers and layers of cloth held together by pins and stings. Who the hell said Saree made most women look good? In my experience, unless the woman is tall and thin, the Saree does not look good at all. We should discourage all women from wearing it unless its a special occasion.
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Friend Nantha or any other
If you are talking about Conservation of 'Dressing' in Islam, the following Qur'anic verses will enlighten you; conserve or not, hand-loom or not, it?s the way you dress; in which material its made is immaterial. If you are a Christian by any chance, I would appreciate if every Christian women could follow Maryam (PBUH) - Mary, the holy mother of Jesus (PBUH) or their Nuns, now that's the best dress for you women folks if only you could understand, hand-loom or not.
'O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of God's signs, that they may take heed'
'O prophet, tell your wives, your daughters, and the wives of the believers that they shall Lengthen their garments. Thus, they will be recognized and avoid being insulted. God is Forgiver, Most merciful'
'And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or husbands' fathers, or their sons or their husbands' sons, or their brothers or their brothers' sons or sisters' sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigor, or children who know naught of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed'. (24:31)
In the first verse quoted above, its start with 'O, Children of Adam. Thats you and me, believer or not.
Edited By - mimslanka - 19 Apr 2006 07:09:36 GMT
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