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"The Sari" - a unique insight into the lives of contemporary Indian women

9 October 2003

Drawing on the experiences of Indian women from villagers in Bengal to scientists in Bangalore, "The Sari," a new book by UCL anthropologists, Dr Mukulika Banerjee and Professor Daniel Miller, tells the story of one of the world's most iconic garments.

"The Sari" will be launched at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 14th October, in the Atlantis Gallery at the Truman Brewery, 146 Brick Lane, London E1.

The book explains why the sari has survived and flourished as everyday dress when much of the world has adopted western clothing, and re-examines it as a form of alternative modern clothing. It presents both an intimate portrait of the lives of women in India today, and an alternative way for us all to think about our relationship to the clothes we wear.

Dr Banerjee said: "With the sari, putting it on is just the beginning. Its ambiguity and dynamism are being used constantly during the day to change one's appearance and to respond to different environments. It creates a kind of conversation between the sari and the woman."

"The book tackles questions about what it means to feel modern, or rational, and how philosophical issues are often addressed through mundane pursuits such as choosing clothes," said Professor Miller. "We feel that a book exploring how people relate to their clothing could appeal to just about anyone. To this end the book is lavishly illustrated with photography and design and written in a very accessible style."

Further information:

To arrange interviews with Dr Banerjee and Professor Miller, please contact Alex Brew on a.brew@ucl.ac.uk (020 7679 9726) in the UCL Media Relations Office. You can also contact Jhowell@bergpublishers.com to be added to the book launch list.