Such great floral motifs on these sarees, especially on the pallus at right and left! I wish this postcard had been issued in colour instead of off-white and shades of grey. The cloth looks like block-printed cottons from up around Rajasthan and Gujurat, many of which come in incredible shades of gold and brown with red or rust and cream. They are lovely, and I have several in my collection. If Spring arrives and things warm up enough, I’ll make a choli to match and wear it with one of my cheery sarees produced in those areas. However, I won’t have the large nose ring – just an inexpensive necklace and earring set.
Tulsi plants – the Hindu holy basil – actually blossom in the summer; but thinking about any fragrant herbs makes me long for all kinds of spring greenery, clear weather and fresh air away from the city. The octagonal pillar on a stone base is an interesting garden feature that makes me dream of far away places and other times. It has been cold and snowing where I currently live. Sigh.
Yes, it’s another postcard, but what an amazing tinting job the artist did on this one! The colours are deeper and richer than the usual kind that look like delicate washes. This has a presence I do not normally find in old view cards. It is possibly from about 1920 – hard to tell exactly. Also, I’m thinking this one might not have been painted according to a written list of what shade went where. But I absolutely love the sarees, blouses and scarves the Indian girls and women are wearing. The British postcard title said “doctor” so maybe one of the Anglo ladies is a doctor rather than a nurse or assistant. Even the setting is quite beautiful, including the obviously placid white cow at the right.
This amusing view was posed to tell a story about crazy women drivers! Or in this case, crazy female bicycle riders who knock down innocent, umbrella-carrying chaps and frighten lady pedestrians!
Both of the sarees are attractive; a classic white with gold borders and a typical Southern cotton that was probably woven in a neat mix of colours. I have two checked sarees in my collection very similar to the bicyclist’s, one in a sporty shade dark blue. Of course, what I want now is a fabulous “wheel” as they were called back then. Check out the spiffy tyres and trim back fender.
This wonderful portrait gives only a hint of what was certainly an amazing saree! The borders of the pallu are like nothing I have seen before – in high contrast, and of a most unusual design. Are those midnight blue medallions with stars? The flowers ought to be bright golden yellow like hibiscus, or something similar.
The image is for sale in Mumbai, an auction on ebay that I think ends today. Listed as a cabinet card of a Parsi lady, the sitter is just haunting. One quick look at her and no other picture would do for this Vintage Sunday Saree entry! Judging by what little of the blouse shows, my guess is that the woman had her portrait made in the 1910 to 1920 era. Note the unusual and chic jewellery too – her flat chain and bow pin worn to the side are obviously the latest, coolest trend at the time.
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Gaurav Gupta’s Midas touch – how exquisite and lustrous!
This is cutting edge design, and signature drapes.
Gowns that you want to reach out and hug
A paradoxical mix of fluidity and construction, the new silhouette combines the six-yard staple’s classic structure with the practicality of the zipped-up gown. The result? Light-weight saris that you can wear and dance in all night long..