Is a white woman wearing a sari any different from an Indian man wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt?
Bingo. I;m still trying to figure out why an Indian woman wearing something other than a saree or salwar kameez isn’t “appropriation”.
In India, virtually no men wear traditional dress in the cities; it’s jeans and collared shirts, some T’s. In business, most women dress western. A saree is very rare in a business setting, and while the salwar kameez is still worn and popular, it’s on about an even footing with western dress, in my experience.
Apparently its only appropriation when white people do something.