'Unfolding the Saree' by Mira Malhotra
Unfolding the Saree is a self-published zine from Studio Kohl, by Mira Malhotra that explores the Madonna/Whore phenomenon that is unique to the saree-wearing women of India. Through the folds, we question the notion that the saree is attire for the ‘modest’ woman, track its appearances in pop culture as a ‘sexy’ garment, and its various other implications in cultural traditions. The outside of the zine is a proportionately miniature saree, replete with ‘pallu’ pattern. The zine is hung on a replica wire hanger, and the inside of the zine describes what is found on the inside of the saree-it’s wearer. The material on which it is printed, ‘Belapur colour paper’, and it’s printing technique, a one color serigraph technique, mimics that of the commonly seen promotional flyers in India.