Bucks County Group Turns Sarees Into Activewear For First-Ever ‘Saree Run’

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) — Aprana Nair knows what to wear to feel confident: her saree.

At seven or nine feet in length, the traditional dress worn by women in several South Asian countries allows Nair to feel more connected to her authentic self.

“A sari makes me really bold and fierce,” said Nair, who immigrated to the United States from India.

Youth for Unity’s Paree Pasi says she doesn’t wear a saree as much as Nair, but her mother is rarely without one.

“My mom always wears one. She has a whole collection of sarees,” Pasi said.

On Sunday, sarees won’t just be for fashion, but for running gear, as the nonprofit Deses of Doylestown is hosting its first-ever Saree Run.

Group chairman and chief executive Silvi Haldipur believes the race is the first of its kind in the United States

“Making history here,” Haldipur said.

The race, which is described as a 1k or 2k run/walk, will take place from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 at Doylestown Central Park.

The public is invited to attend and even wear saris.

“We will be selling saris the same day,” said Radhika Ramamurthi of Doylestown.

The idea was born when the owner of Arva yoga wanted to honor the women in her life.

She and Desis from Doylestown collaborated to host the Saree Run.

Desis describes a group of people within the diaspora of specific countries.

“India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka,” Nair listed.

The race will benefit Go Laadli, Shiksha Nidhi Merit Scholarship and Shanti Bhavan. Charities aimed at supporting women’s education.

Deses of Doylestown also holds a Holi Color celebration on April 23 and an Eid celebration on May 7.

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