The girl who began skateboarding at 43

Aunty Skates photograph by way of Instagram

That is Oorbee Roy, a Toronto-based mom of two and former Wall Road worker who began skateboarding throughout the pandemic. Aged 43. Largely as a result of she needed to share some pleasure, have enjoyable and present folks it’s by no means too late. ‘Additionally, it’s breaking lots of boundaries and inspiring younger ladies to do what they need,’ Oorbee advised the Times of India. Happening to create the TikTok account Aunty Skates, her skateboarding movies quickly went viral and three years later she has over 180k followers.

Oorbee’s sari and skateboard helmet are on show on the Design Museum’s fantastic, new exhibition: The Offbeat Sari. With over 60 examples of trailblazing saris on mortgage, the exhibition focuses on the reinvention of the sari over the past decade. Exhibiting new interpretations of the standard garment styled in a up to date manner for the work surroundings, particular events – together with the first sari to look on the Met Gala in 2022 – and as an emblem of protest and identification. It’s unimaginable to overlook the intense pink sari of the Gulabi Gang who marketing campaign towards home abuse and the oppression of ladies, encouraging ladies’s training and monetary independence.


Sporty styling


Standout items embrace the sportier designs, a distressed denim sari, and a beautiful, sculptural style constituted of gold stainless-steel, hair-thin wires.

There’s additionally a bit on the textiles and supplies getting used to remodel this 5000 year-old merchandise, at the moment.




A number of saris on the Design Museum exhibition


Now, 47, Aunty Skates is a motivational speaker and skateboard teacher, ‘ I share the teachings I’ve realized as a skateboarder: I train folks the right way to benefit from the journey and never take the bumps, bruises, and falls so significantly.’

In an interview with CBC Toronto, she mentioned, ‘ If I can get one particular person, one grownup to begin skateboarding – or perhaps simply go on the market and do this one factor that they by no means did, then I’ll really feel prefer it was a hit.’


Aunty Skates sari and skateboard helmet


The Offbeat Sari is on on the Design Museum till 17 September 2023.