Whether I am wearing a saree at a formal event, for an event at the pub or trekking in the mountains chasing waterfalls—details matter …
Photos: Vincent Boyer (Say hi on instagram @vincetravelbook)
I posted one of the photos from this set on instagram recently and had a lot of people ask me how I wear sarees while trekking deep in the forests, while climbing or descending mountains.
I also had someone get very upset that I was setting dangerous precedents!
I didn’t know that wearing a saree on a trek was something that would elicit such a lot of response and garner such intense reactions. This is not the first time I have posted about hiking while draped in unstitched fabric, it will certainly not be the last. Case in point here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
For me wearing sarees is enjoyable, I don’t feel restricted in the saree because I don’t follow the arbitrary draping rules that govern the garment. I am no saree evangelist, I wear whatever I want, however I like. I just always ensure that my clothing doesn’t restrict my activity and believe that nothing can hold me back from doing what I truly want to do.
I have been hiking for years and truly know my fitness levels, prepare my gear based on the intensity of the climb and dress according to the weather.
When gearing up to head out on a hike, I make sure I have all the right equipment, such as the proper backpack, maps, footwear and other gear, I also wear the right clothes.
Wearing the right hiking clothes whether I choose to wear a saree or not is based on the same logic—knowing the type of trail I’ll be on, what the temperature and climate will be, and how long I’ll be outdoors.
The day that these photos were taken was quite cool, I wore multiple layers that could be taken off easily, the saree was draped to aid my movement plus worn at a length that I was comfortable with, the boots could easily handle the terrain, I was carrying everything I needed in my backpack and we knew exactly where we were going plus what to expect.
In these photos, the sweater I am wearing is merino wool, the saree I am wearing is super comfortable cotton with hand crafted bandhani motifs and the backpack I am carrying was handwoven by artisans in South America. Everything I wear and carry on a hike like this has a purpose and aids my activities.
I am no expert but I do know to invest in the right gear before embarking on a hike and I don’t push myself too far beyond my comfort zone when I am in the middle of the forest in the mountains.
The saree is just another clothing option I have that I find quite flexible and suited to the many outdoors activity that I choose to undertake. I am not asking anyone to follow my lead, I am quite happy marching to the beat of my own drum and wearing what I feel like.