– For some, the draped garment became the ideal tool to fight xenophobia. Tanya Rawal, an Indian-American professor at the University of California, began #sareenotsorry as a teaching experiment, to dispel myths about the sari and examine social identities in the light of increasing racial attacks against Indians and other immigrant communities in America. “It is a symbol of grace... The sari can teach us how to move through this world with more kindness,” she wrote in a post on
The hashtag soon became a recourse for other desi women to flaunt their lineage and send the message that ‘borders are for sarees’.