Pandit Jasraj present at Six Yards and 365 days in Rajasthan
MUMBAI: Six Yards and 365 days, a unique initiative driven by Sunita Budhiraja to support the weaving community and handloom sector, opened one of its several regional chapters in Jaipur. The idea behind this meet was to discuss the handloom sector and encourage women to drape handloom sarees and to celebrate the successful working of the community which now has 32,000 plus members and is spread across over 70 countries.
The event was a major success with people from Jaipur and around who came together to celebrate and discuss about the well working of the community and the sarees. The event saw some well-known people like Padma Shri Pandita Tripti Mukherjee, from USA, a senior disciple of Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj. Ms. Aditi Mukherjee from Kolkata was there to celebrate the Meet and join hands with Sunita Budhiraja in this initiative which has taken the shape of a movement. Archana Dhyani, also a member of Six Yards and 365 Days completed her 200 drapes of handloom sarees on the day of the event.
Besides Jaipur, there are Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack Chapters of Six Yards and 365 Days where members gather to support the cause. More Chapters like this are soon to be revealed on the wonderful Journey to make people aware of the dying art of handloom sarees. The campaign has been launched to encourage women to engage themselves in this initiative to drape themselves in six yards all the 365 days of a year and to share their own progress with the rest of the members of the community.
Talking about the meet, Ms Budhiraja said- “I am thrilled to see that the idea of Six yards and 365 days is wide spreading so wonderfully and all my friends are in attendance to celebrate this new chapter here with me in Jaipur. I am delighted to see the growth of Six yards and 365 days which started with the basic idea of supporting the weavers and how now it has created a community of women who come together to support each other not only for their clothing but emotionally too.”
Ms. Sunita Budhiraja started the ‘Six Yards and 365 Days, saree movement’, a Facebook campaign in sync with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative in August 2015. The group now comprises over 32,000 handloom saree lovers from across the world and counting. Each member of the group religiously drapes handloom saree every day.