Shiranthi to wear only handloom sarees

  • 19 Apr 2006 01:19:08 GMT

    Very true LuckyJay



  • 19 Apr 2006 02:34:19 GMT

    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.


    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.

  • 19 Apr 2006 03:33:18 GMT


    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.


  • 19 Apr 2006 03:40:07 GMT

    Thanks Nantha



  • 19 Apr 2006 04:56:22 GMT

    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.

  • 19 Apr 2006 05:20:01 GMT

    What anyone wears is one`s own business. (As long as it is decent) The government or anyone else cannot force us to wear what the government think is correct. People have the rights to decide what they want be it a handloom saree or an imported saree or frock or whatever.

    Ms. Rajapakse can always promote what she thinks is right. That is her personal choice. That should not affect the people`s freedom of choice.

    We decide what we wear, what we eat, where we live, what we watch on TV, how we surf Internet etc. These are any individual?s basic rights. The government cannot ban such rights to people disguising itself under catchy terms like `culture`, `local industry` etc.

    What happened during the mad woman Sirima Bandaranaike`s regime was to deny even this basic rights to the people of this country. I remember, as a kid, wearing kerosene smelling low quality t-shirts during those days. The cloths were issued on a quota. If your quota is expired you have no choice than staying nude. Whether they liked it or not people had to wear the so-called `Ghanta mak` transparent sarongs.

    After all, this is not Stalin`s Russia. Neither it is Pol Pot?s Cambodia. (Still, not I hope!) We do not want dictators putting their ugly hands in to our freedom of choice. We do not want to live as virtual prisoners. We can chose what we want. Thanks, those politicians and bureaucrats in the government, we do not want YOU to decide what WE want.

  • 19 Apr 2006 05:44:58 GMT


    Who the hell are you? Show me where I said I am a Muslim.

    [Muslims have no idea of consevation of anything! Islam teach nothing on consevation of resources!]

    Let the Muslim members of the forum respond to your statement.

    About, your Madame Sirimavo, let us talk some other time. I have more important work now than wasting my time talking about useless women.

  • 19 Apr 2006 07:06:27 GMT

    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.

  • 19 Apr 2006 07:53:43 GMT


    I am a Muslim but not a theologists. But one thing I am sure of is the value of Nature and Environment emphasised by Islam if you mean conservation is the preservation of Nature and Environment.

    It is Islamic Injunction to spare from harm children, women, elderly and PLANTATIONS even during war. Such is the view of Islam on Nature. Further it is the saying of the Prophet of Islam (to mean) that a good Muslim is one from whose hands and tongues his neighbors and his environment is free of fear.

    I give you only this much lest you may rejoice that your ignorant and idiotic statement went through without comments.

    From the way you glorify Sirimavo I would like to concisely elaborate from where Naleen left off.

    It looks like you are one of or an heir to the idiocy created by the Bandas about 50 years ago. If you are old enough to be one of those creations you cannot forget how you licked off your Brain, Heart and Life lines off your palm for the non-existent SUGAR and how much Ant Hill Earth (Humbas Maty) you would have fed your off springs along with Juggary (Hakuru) for plain tea. If you are young and if you have not gone thorough this ordeal I don`t blame your parents to have not told you about this for it is sheer shame to disclose this type ordeal and humiliations to one`s own off springs.

    This is in addition to the ordeal of staying nude for want of clothings more fully described by Naleen in his post.

    And so much and much much more remains to be remembered of the golden era of the Bandas.

  • 19 Apr 2006 08:00:27 GMT


    You say:

    [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.]

    Why do you look only the negative aspects? Don`t you think the looooong process removing it (with pins and all) will add to the pleasure during the foreplay?

    Of course, if you are in a hurry, you can always raise the lower part and do what you want. :-)