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Will Kamala Harris don a saree for Inauguration Day to brandish her Indian heritage?

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  • {A photograph} of a younger Kamala Harris sitting on a sofa in a sari along with her Indian grandparents has already taken social media by storm.
  • Many predict the US vice-president elect to don a sari on her inauguration day.
  • The sari, which is conventional put on in South Asia, holds hundreds of years of cultural significance inside its six yards, and is ubiquitous in India.

Amid a myriad safety considerations and coronavirus threats looming over america, the nation’s first Black and South Asian vice chairman, Kamala Harris will assume workplace on January 20.

Nonetheless, a query spinning round everybody’s thoughts is whether or not or not Harris will don a conventional saree on Inauguration Day to invoke her Indian heritage.

The sari, which is conventional put on in South Asia, holds hundreds of years of cultural significance inside its six yards, and is ubiquitous in India.

Harris was born to immigrants to america — her father from Jamaica, her mom from India — and their lives and her personal have in some methods embodied the American dream.

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She was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California, then a hub for civil rights and anti-war activism.

In response to a CNN report, the query has been posed to Harris earlier than — throughout her personal presidential marketing campaign in 2019 when an viewers member lightheartedly requested Harris if she would put on conventional Indian clothes to her inauguration if she have been elected president.

 “Let’s first win,” Harris had mentioned, smiling. 

“My mother raised us with a very strong appreciation for our cultural background and pride. Celebrations that we all participate in regardless of how our last name is spelled. It’s the beauty of who we are as a nation.”

Talking on the matter, designer Bibhu Mohapatra in a cellphone interview from Brunswick, Georgia mentioned that she would not be shocked if we see her present as much as the inauguration ball in a fantastically woven Banarsi sari. “I think she understands the power of that image, “Mohapatra remarked.

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In the meantime, {a photograph} of a younger Harris sitting on a sofa in a sari along with her Indian grandparents has already taken social media by storm.

Commenting on the picture, Mohapatra who was born and raised in Odisha, India, mentioned: “It immediately brought to me an instant connection to my South Asian roots, I’ve always seen (Harris) as a strong person with a dynamic career. I’d known of her accomplishments and the contributions she has made to our nation, but that image of her in a sari made her familiar to me. I felt like she could be a part of my family, or a good friend, talking to me in my kitchen.”

With fingers crossed, for now, it may be mentioned that a picture of her in a sari on inauguration day may very well be groundbreaking.

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