The internet can be a dark place, but sometimes it can remind us that nice things exist. One such thing is dancer Eshna Kutty’s viral video of her hooping in a sari and sneakers.
In the video, the 24-year-old professional hooper and dance movement practitioner is seen hula-hooping while the song Genda Phool plays on in the background. Her smooth, carefree and effortless moves make it a treat to watch. The hashtag #sareeflow, which Kutty started has gone viral along with the video.
She told Indian Express, “Sarees usually feel restrictive, it usually makes you feel like you can’t move in it, or be in it a certain way and I came up with the idea of saree flow to sort of break that stereotype.”
Several people were impressed by the video, including the celebrated singer of Genda Phool, Rekha Bharadwaj. She shared the video on Instagram with the caption, “Eshna Kutty is awesome.”
The #SareeFlow trend encourages women to express themselves through their clothes without fear of judgement
The #SareeFlow trend is awesome for more reasons than one.
For starters, it encourages women to embrace their choice of clothing without feeling judged for wearing them.
As women, what we wear often becomes a matter of scrutiny, which is why it’s important for us to reclaim it with confidence.
Kutty says in her post: “…the intention was not to create the most sensual saree videos, but to feel comfortable and happy wearing it without the pressure of being a delicate lady.”
When we think of saris, we think of a certain kind of grace and elegance that can be exhibited only by wearing the garment in a certain way.
This idea also comes from notions of respectability associated with the sari – being a highly politicized piece of clothing, it is often the garment that separates the ‘good’ woman from the ‘bad’ woman.
But this video is a reminder that saris are wonderful, versatile, and can be as political as we allow them to be -— after all, it’s one of the most commonly worn outfits across castes and classes.
Since the hashtag started trending, several hoopers across India have been posting videos of themselves performing in their saris.
The idea behind the hashtag, Kutty says in her Instagram post, was to “spotlight Indian hoopers because we’re so few in number but growing so fast. There’s so much diversity in our cultures and even our sarees that I hoped this trend would add a unique twist to a global art form.”
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