How did you come up with this idea?
The Two-Step Sari* was created from a failed maternity sari attempt. I was trying to insert elastic into the waistband of a pre-stitched sari with a petticoat that I had sewn and the elastic wasn't wide enough for a maternity sari, but it looked good enough for a non-pregnant woman to wear. So, I cleaned it up a bit, and had my mom test it out, wearing it for a bhajan (an event where she traditionally sits on the floor, playing dhol, while singing prayers with other women in her community). I knew I was onto something when she came back and told me how comfortable it was and that she felt like she wasn't even wearing a sari!
The Two-Step Sari has evolved from the prototype that my mom tried, to an even better, easier to wear, and easier to breathe in garment that will revolutionize the way we wear saris.
What is the difference between the pre-stitched saris that are being offered by some boutiques and even some online retailers and The Two-Step Sari*?
Many tailors are offering to "pre-stitch" your saris, so you can wrap them quickly, but many of them are not being sewn with the petticoat, so you still have to wear a petticoat and then figure out a way to wrap the sari and hook it so it doesn't budge and the petticoat doesn't show. Other pre-stitched options may have the petticoat stitched in, but the petticoat is left unstitched, so your legs will still show when sitting down. Finally, yet another pre-stitched option that we have seen is similar to a sari "petticoat" which can be very heavy and still requires the wearer to tie it very tight to keep the entire sari up during wear. The Two-Step Sari* is significantly better than any of these because it wears like a skirt. You take a step in, pull it up over your hips and then drape the pallu as you wish. It can be stitched in Nivi (traditional) style or Gujarati style, just to name a few options, and the beauty of it is that it has hidden elastic inserts in the waistband that allow the user to sit comfortably and breathe without a petticoat digging into your muffintop...er...waist.
Why is it called The Two-Step Sari?
The Two-Step Sari* is partly named as an homage to Texas, where Parul was born and raised, but also to depict the comfort level that the sari provides - you can dance (e.g., the Texas Two-Step) without worry that your pleats will come undone! It pulls on like a skirt, and has elastic inserts hidden in the waistband that allow for comfort and breathability (instead of a tightly tied petticoat), when sitting, standing, walking, dancing, and maybe even running! This sari allows women to keep the tradition of the sari alive, while simultaneously bringing the sari into the era of the modern woman.
Do you take suggestions for products?
Yes! We love to hear what consumers are looking for. If there are products you don't see yet, but would like to, please let us know. Sometimes, it may be that we tried a product and it just didn't work out the way we had hoped or to our standards, but it never hurts to ask and it always helps to know what the customers are looking for.
We are also happy to work with you to customize a product if you see something you like that you want in the TWO-STEP format.
Can I iron/steam the products once they have been pre-stitched?
Yes, it is very easy to iron, but steaming is recommended. You can lay out the sari on an ironing board, making sure to extend the fabric to the seams and iron/steam as you usually would a sari (very carefully!). It is recommended that you do not try to iron the pleats in place, but rather, iron out the sari flat and let the pleats fall naturally. If you are a perfectionist and want your pleats to be perfectly aligned after ironing, you can use a pant hanger to pin up the sari at the waistband, so the pleats hang in the front. Hang your hanger on another hanger in your closet, so you can view the pleats and then you can follow each pleat down, press with your hands and roll up from the bottom to secure the pleats. Yes, it sounds odd "why would I bunch up the pleats when I just ironed the sari?". Don't worry, it won't wrinkle the fabric, it will help those pleats stay firm at the bottom, where there is often a thick border that tends to pull apart from the other pleats.
What is JANAM?
Janam Maternity Saris & Beyond is my other line, focusing on maternity and nursing apparel. Many of my JANAM products complement the Two-Step Sari, so I also offer the Two-Step Sari on that site.
Why is the JANAM BLOG linked to this website?
It didn't make sense to put the same blog posts up on both e-commerce sites, so instead, I thought I would just link to the JANAM BLOG and focus my efforts on providing quality content in one area.
So, why create a separate website for the Two-Step Sari?
The Two-Step Sari is meant for anyone who wants to wear a sari fast and be comfortable in it all day. If I kept this product on the Janam Maternity website, my concern was that young women and older women would think it is a "maternity" product when it is not. The Two-Step Sari is for everyone! I don't want women to say "oh, my mom isn't going to be at that wedding, so I don't have anyone to drape a sari on me..." or "I have to get ready and my get my two kids ready. There's no way I can do my hair/makeup AND put on a sari!" Now, you can easily put the sari on by yourself in a few easy steps.
What does "*Patent Pending" mean?
Go ask your lawyer. Just kidding! "Patent pending" means that a patent application with the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) has been filed for a product. If the USPTO grants the patent(s) for the products in the patent applications, then the patent holder can sue the infringing person who makes, uses or sells the invention that is covered by the patent.
Sari, Not Saree?
Sari is the spelling typically used in Western culture to describe the saree. Saree usually used when selling the product in India. Since I am an AB_D (American Born-not Confused-Desi), I use Sari.