Infecting the City 2012
The Jewels - Indian Sari-wrapping

Women from the Cape Indian community perform the elegant art of wrapping themselves in saris


Natalie Fisher


Jewel Route 3:  Wed 23 at 11h00 and 13h10
Jewel Route 2:  Fri 25 at 11h00 and 13h10


Jewel Route 3 begins on St. Georges Mall, between Castle St and Shortmarket St
Jewel Route 2 begins in the Golden Acre Foyer

In the ‘West’, it takes about two metres of fabric to make a dress. In India, it takes around nine metres, and getting dressed is as much a ritual as it is routine.

The beauty, grace and complexity of donning Indian traditional women’s wear is a special process. Usually it is private; and on special occasions like weddings, one that is shared amongst a few women. During Infecting The City you can glimpse this practise, known to the hundreds of Indian women living in Cape Town, as a public performance. The intricacies and history of sari wrapping is fascinating, with styles being specific to certain regions, and patterns imparting different meanings.

Intrigued by the process, local dancer and choreographer, Natalie Fischer has moulded this daily practice into a captivating seven minute performance that takes into account the many sensitivities and intricacies of this daily cultural ritual.

Natalie Fisher

Natalie Fisher

With a teaching degree in dance, Natalie began her training in ballet and then branched out into contemporary and other styles of dance. Natalie started her training in classical ballet and at 12 she branched out into contemporary and other styles of dance, while completing all her RAD ballet exams. She obtained her teaching degrees in dance, whilst performing in the then newly emerging industrial theatre and TV specials. Natalie joined Perfor read more...