The lady who began skateboarding at 43

Aunty Skates picture through 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 wished to share some pleasure, have enjoyable and present individuals it’s by no means too late. ‘Additionally, it’s breaking lots of obstacles and inspiring younger girls to do what they need,’ Oorbee instructed 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. Displaying new interpretations of the normal garment styled in a up to date means for the work surroundings, particular events – together with the first sari to seem on the Met Gala in 2022 – and as a logo of protest and id. It’s unimaginable to overlook the brilliant pink sari of the Gulabi Gang who marketing campaign towards home abuse and the oppression of girls, encouraging girls’s schooling and monetary independence.


Sporty styling


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

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




A collection 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 educate individuals how one can benefit from the journey and never take the bumps, bruises, and falls so significantly.’

In an interview with CBC Toronto, she stated, ‘ If I can get one individual, one grownup to start out 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 successful.’


Aunty Skates sari and skateboard helmet


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