At seven or nine feet long, a traditional women’s dress in several South Asian countries makes Nair feel more connected to her true identity.
“Sarah really makes me feel brave and cruel,” said Nair, who immigrated to the U.S. from India.
Passy’s couple from Youth for Unity says she doesn’t wear a sari as often as Nair, but her mother is rarely without it.
“My mom always wears it. She has a whole collection of saris,” Passy said.
On Sunday, the sari will be not only for fashion, but also for running, as the non-profit organization Deses of Doylestown is holding the first sari race in history.
Sylvie Haldipur, president and CEO of the group, believes that this race is the first of its kind in the United States.
“We’re making history here,” Khaldipur said.
The run, described as a 1K or 2K run / walk, will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, March 27, in Doylestown Central Park.
The audience is invited to participate and even wear a sari.
“We will be selling saris a day,” said Radhika Ramamurti of Doylestown.
The idea was born when yoga owner Arva wanted to honor the women in her life.
She and Desis of Doylestown collaborated to hold the Saree Run.
Desis describes a group of people in the diaspora of certain countries.
“India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka,” Nair said.
The run will benefit Guo Laadli, scholarships from Shiksha Nidhi Merit and Shanti Bhawan. Charities aim to support women’s education.
Dess of Doylestown April 23 is also a celebration of the color of the Saint and May 7.
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