Newsletter 14 - February 2001

***BEST WISHES FOR 2001!!!!***

1. news
2. web sites suggestions
3. a web site about saris
4. how to help
5. a personal note from Chantal

1. News:

*** We are now well over 200! The web site is being upgraded, please check it now and then. The “link” part is especially being turned into a convenient “Web Library” allowing people to find easily the information they are looking for.

*** If you know or participate in an event, web site, etc. connected with draping, please let us know. This “news” feature is yours!

2. Web sites suggestions:

*** Simon's Draped Clothing page (which used to live at now resides at
...if you would like to adjust your links and bookmarks, and maybe peek and see what's new!

*** Kathy Bogart suggests this site: “sari magic”
This site shows exactly how to put a sari on and has lovely photos and informative text.

*** Dominic Brown came across a couple of items on the web, relating to draped clothing, that you might find interesting:
Scroll down to 'Iki' section--unusual drape?
A somewhat negative view of the sari, in certain respects, but interesting.

3. A web site about saris:
IDC member Robin Joseph has sent us this letter:

I wrote the article Saree philosophy in India especially in south India. I have been trying hard to document the saree wearing women on the streets of Bombay. Which I think will be extinct in 10 years so I want to document it before it disappears. But it is very hard and sought of risky as people are uncomfortable when some one takes photograph. So I have to take photograph without focusing and it does not come good. I have a bunch of photographs and my idea is to create a web site of saree women pictures of the streets of Bombay. Which has people from all over India. But the quality of my photographs are not good . They are not exploratory as in to document new styles of drape but they are nevertheless important as it documents the saree wearing tradition at its last phases. There is a forum in which I have started the saree philosophy as a discussion thread. A lot of people have contributed different ideas to it. It is at the in it, it is in the miscellaneous section and is called as saree philosophy as the essence of south Indian culture.

You can access it at.
(saree philosophy as an essence of south Indian culture)

Some of the ideas expressed are not so mature but some of them are very good. So one gets an overall idea of the saree perception by the people.There has already been 4 or 5 pages of discussion over. You can access them by going to the old responses in blue and then right clicking your mouse. Do so until you can see all the previous discussion on that topic.

4. How to help!!!!

It is essential to open the eyes and raise the interest of any institution connected with textile arts, costumes, fashion, etc. about draping techniques and the importance of studying draped clothes.
For this reason, IDC will start a campaign aimed art, fashion and costume schools, as well as universities teaching history of costume, textile art, fashion, etc.
At first:
Please enquire to see which institution near where you live (or you know of) should be interested, try to find out THE NAMES AND EXACT ADDRESSES (and if possible Email too) of people responsible.
Email this information to
If you want, it would be GREAT if you could get in touch with these people yourself. We will prepare a package to help you do this. Otherwise just give us as much info as you can, and we will get in touch with them.

5. A personal note from Chantal:

You probably noticed that there was no newsletter in January. I was on vacation and, of course, I got the flu! Since not much was happening I decided to skip the newsletter altogether. So we are now in a new year, and I hope that we can make things happen. But I can’t do it all on my own. Without your help and support, there won’t be much to report.
A special thank you to all the members who suggested web sites, this is very helpful to build the “web library”. If you want to put any info on the web, please remember that we can easily add a web page to this library or, if you don’t have web space, put a page on our web site. We have illimited web space for you to put relevant information on!

Thank you for your help and support.

Best wishes!

Please do not hesitate to send any question, suggestion, criticism.
If you have some links to suggest, please let us know!
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