Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The state of Kerala is on the South-West coast of India, and my neighbor, Girija, and her family are originally from here (thus the wealth of information!). She tells me that Kerala is usually very hot, so the sarees (or saris) they wear there are generally of a lighter colored  material, and made of cotton to keep you cool. Many of the attendees of the celebration wore the traditional colors of Kerala, and Girija was nice enough to loan me a sari! And since I've only worn a sari once before (stay tuned for a post on that experience), she also graciously offered to dress me.

As she was due to perform IN the celebration, she made quick work of getting me wrapped properly. Jason and I were amazed at the speed - it took us a good 30 minutes of wrestling with the cloth before all the important parts were covered. Girija came in, unwrapped me from my mistake, and had me fully decked out (bindi and shoes included) in less than 10. Impressive!

My new goal is to leave India able to tie on a sari in less than 10. Wish me luck. :)

Anyway, here are the pics.

This was my and Jason's attempt.

And this was the 10 minute makeover. As wearing jewelry is a must for this occasion (gold is preferrable), I grabbed a necklace from my sad costume collection - I left almost everything in the States - and Girija loaned me several pieces of her own; earrings, a gold necklace, and armfulls of bangle bracelets. Sorry, but I don't think I got a picture of it.

My other goal - managing to wear a sari without looking like I'm draped in a bedsheet (for reference - see the first photo above)

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