মহিলাদের শাড়ি পরা নিয়ে বিতর্কিত মন্তব্য করে ফের মুখ খুললেন সব্যসাচী

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    ফ্যাশন ডিজাইনার সব্যসাচী মুখোপাধ্যায় হাভার্ড ইন্ডিয়া কনফারেন্সে ভারতীয় মহিলাদের শাড়ি পরা নিয়ে যে মন্তব্য করেছিলেন তার প্রেক্ষিতে এদিন ক্ষমা চেয়ে নিয়েছেন। সব্যসাচীর মন্তব্য নিয়ে সোশ্যাল মিডিয়ায় তুমুল সমালোচনার পরই এই পদক্ষেপ নেন দেশের অন্যতম এই নামী ফ্যাশন ডিজাইনার।

    মহিলাদের শাড়ি পরা নিয়ে বিতর্কিত মন্তব্য করে ফের মুখ খুললেন সব্যসাচী

    এর আগে, শনিবার হাভার্ড বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের ভারতীয় পড়ুয়াদের এক সভায় বক্তব্য রাখেন সব্যসাচী। সেখানে ভারতীয় মহিলাদের শাড়ি পরা প্রসঙ্গে কথা বলতে গিয়ে, সব্যসাচী বলেন, ' যদি তোমরা বল যে শাড়ি পড়তে জানো নায়, তাহলে আমি বলব তোমাদের নিয়ে লজ্জা হয়। এটা আমাদের সংস্কৃ়তির একটি অঙ্গ...'। আর এই মন্তব্য নিয়েই কলকাতার এই বাঙালি ডিজাইনারকে সোশ্যাল মিডিয়ায় প্রবল সমালোচনার মুখে পড়তে হয়। তাঁর বিরুদ্ধে পুরুষতান্ত্রিক মনোভাব রাখার অভিযোগ ওঠে। আর সেই বিতর্ক ঠেকাতে এবার সোশ্যাল মিডিয়ায় ক্ষমা চাইলেন সব্যসাচী।

    Now I have worked with the sari for 16 years. During this time, I have had countless open dialogues in various forums pan-India with women of all age groups and income brackets about the constant barrage of negativity surrounding it. Yet another question of ageism and the sari at Harvard triggered a lot of pent-up frustration that I have accrued for that segment of our society which constantly expresses disdain for this piece of Indian heritage. It is this frustration that I unfortunately generalised to Indian women in response to the question, when I now see that I should have framed it as a call to stop shaming the sari and whomever chooses to wear it. I am passionate about textiles and our heritage, and I am sorry that in the heat of that moment, I allowed this passion to be misplaced. I take full responsibility for this. On the topic of the sari, I ask you today: how many times have you or someone you know encountered this issue? Body shaming, attaching connotations of ‘Auntie Ji’, calling them sloppy; these are all ways that some men and women alike belittle the sari (and, more accurately, the wearer of the sari). These comments are laced with sarcasm and connotations of cultural repression and backwardness. Many women, young and old, are scared to have an outing in a sari because it is shrouded in so many layers of taboo and controversy, often citing inability to correctly drape a sari as an exit point. We are a celebrity-obsessed country, and yes, it does affect consumption patterns and social behaviour at-large. Some consumers are being conditioned to believe that the sari ages women, and you will see the evidence of that clearly documented by so many social media trolls targeting celebrities online. Isn’t that shaming, or shall we call it cyber-bullying? Yet we are often complicit in this, which may even be welcomed by some to encourage more traffic to a website/blog. #Sabyasachi #TheWorldOfSabyasachi

    A post shared by Sabyasachi Mukherjee (@sabyasachiofficial) on Feb 13, 2018 at 9:46pm PST

    Let’s also talk about another subject that has arisen out of the fervent discussions occurring about me and my brand, and one that has always been a big topic on gender inequality and the patriarchy (which, according to some of you, I am ardently supporting): the pay gap. It is humiliating to have to defend yourself in public but sometimes a bitter medicine needs to be swallowed to drive home a hidden truth. I would like to bring to your notice, that the majority of my staff at Sabyasachi Couture are women. From pattern makers, to seamstresses, to designers, to publicists, to IT consultants, department heads, store managers, and core of management; women comprise the top earners on my payroll – and it is not because they are women, but because they’ve earned it by their merit. And every Friday, men and women alike at Sabyasachi wear Indian clothing to celebrate our love for textiles, with zero enforcement. Mine is a women-oriented brand and I owe my complete success to them. I have always, and will continue to love and respect women irrespective of the labels recently assigned to me. It was in this spirit that I started my brand, and that is how it shall remain till the day we decide to shut its doors. I once again apologise for the distress caused by the words I used, but not for the intent, which often takes a back seat when slammed by controversy. My intent was to call out those women who proudly proclaim that they don’t wear saris and simultaneously shame others who wear saris by saying it makes them look older, backward, or culturally repressed. My social media team takes extreme care that not a single negative comment written by you is censored, so that the world can make their own judgments and have a transparent view of the brand. Tomorrow, you can shame me further on twitter, make provocative headlines out of this letter, or choose to blacklist us as consumers. It is absolutely fair and understandable because it is your prerogative. For us, for better or for worse, it will be business as usual. #Sabyasachi #TheWorldOfSabyasachi

    A post shared by Sabyasachi Mukherjee (@sabyasachiofficial) on Feb 13, 2018 at 9:47pm PST

    ইনস্টাগ্রামে সব্যসাচী একটি চিঠি প্রকাশ করে তাতে ক্ষমা চেয়ে নিয়েছেন, তিনি জানিয়েছেন ,তিনি তাঁর মন্তব্য নিয়ে ক্ষমাপ্রার্থী। হাভার্ডে বক্তব্য রাখার সময়ে,তাঁকে মহিলাদের শাড়ি পরা সংক্রান্ত ট্যাবু নিয়ে প্রশ্ন করা হয়। আর তার প্রেক্ষিতেই সব্যসাচী ওই মন্তব্যটি করেন বলে দাবি করেছেন তিনি। তিন পাতার চিঠিতে সব্যসাচী দাবি করেছেন, তিনি মহিলাদের সম্মান করেন আর এই ভালোবাসা সম্মান তিনি ধরে রাখবেন।

    English summary
    Fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee today apologised for his comments on Indian women and the sari after he faced a backlash from women's groups and others.

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