Jun 19 2011
Thanks god it’s not a saree! Looks like a really cheap outfit from the back alleys of Karol Bagh.
Its from Skyzone and Mogra. March 2, 2008
Jun 19 2011
The old postcard above is one of a Marwaree girl from the very late 19th or early 20th century. She is wearing a saree with a design of high-contrast stripes in at least five colours. Her tiny choli is of interest, though, because of its construction and fit. Tight enough to function as a brassiere, the shaped pieces of fabric are highlighted with strips of ribbon or contrasting fabric. Dancing girls frequently wore such blouses, and I suspect it was for some support as well as to look alluring. This photograph would have been spectacular if printed in the real colours!
Here is a bright choli of the same basic type, showing the trim on the bust seams for shaping and interest – and giving an idea of the rich shades of brocade, lining, ties and metallic ribbon. This blouse is in a museum, and dates from the earlier decades of the 20th century. Some sixty years before the blouse might have been entirely sheer silk with nothing underneath (see girl on left below), or an even more elaborate arrangement with metal foil, faux jewels and other decorations stitched on the garments. The sepia image is a detail from my favorite choli picture ever, taken c. 1872 in Lucknow. Sunny wrote about this intriguing photograph some time ago.
Sunny is a designer in Los Angeles. He loves the fluidity and fluency of a saree and believes that when a woman wears a saree, she not only adorns her body but she also adorns her soul. His design ethos is that “simplicity never goes out of style.”
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