In the US my idea of a blouse was a loose fitting (therefore “blousy”) shirt that either buttoned down the front or perhaps had some loose ruffle, that one wears with slacks or a skirt.
Here in India, a blouse is quite a different animal. It’s one of those really cute crop tops that you wear under a sari or with a skirt and wrap.
Today I’m giving the “Friend of the Week” award to my friend and neighbor, Roohi. Well maybe of the month. I don’t know…..maybe the year, even.
So It’s wedding season in India, which means we’ll have a few events to go to, and I still don’t have a sari. Many people have been willing to help me shop for them, or even to loan one to me, but to do that I would still need to have a blouse of my own, that fits me.
A sari is just a 5 to 9 yards long piece of fabric that is draped around a petticoat and a blouse, so I could easily borrow one from a friend if I had a blouse to match. So my friend Roohi took me shopping. Said she knew just the place. After about an hour of driving, we landed somewhere in South Delhi. Big shopping area. But no blouse shop in sight. After some walking we ducked into a doorway and went up a couple of dark and narrow flights of stairs. I thought maybe I’d made her mad and she was taking me somewhere to have me whacked.
But then we opened the magic door and were in an AMAZING place! I wish I had pictures, but listen people, I don’t want to look like a stupid tourist taking pictures EVERYWHERE I go. There were “ready-made” blouses hanging all over the place, ready to be adjusted to fit just right. Four guys were sitting at old-fashioned sewing machines, stitching away, making and adjusting these beautiful little things. Alterations while-you-wait!
I had no idea how many different styles, colors, fabrics, were possible in ONE piece of clothing! We’re talking some serious bling, too!! I had to keep telling myself that NO, I didn’t need one of each. Just one silver and one gold…..to match a bunch of different saris/skirts.
With Roohi running point, sending people to fetch this or that and bringing me yet another one she’d found, I tried on about a million of them. We finally settled on two, and then she gave me one from her own collection that I could have altered to fit me as well. AND a sari for this weekend’s upcoming wedding reception AND some awesome accessories.
Thank you buddy!!!!!