Nov 26 2011
Isha Koppikar – I hardly recognized her. Click on more for a better view of her saree
Nov 26 2011
Following the recent opening of its flagship store in Mumbai, its third in India, The Hermès fashion house released a line of 28 traditional Indian saris. The store will also offer buyers the option of ordering a custom made choli (the Sari blouse) to go along with their Hermes original sari, and the entire purchase will come delivered in a specially created box.
What if I just want the box that the sarees come in? Wished I could see a picture of it.
Nov 26 2011
Veteran designer Sabyasachi unleashed his creative streak with this semi-sari, worn over a long skirt.
I know, you are probably saying that isn’t it the same thing as a half saree? No, it is not.
This reminds me of a puzzle.
What is half of 8:
Puzzled? What did you pick?
The answer is (a), because if you cut 8 horizontally in half, what you are left with is 0.
Actually the correct answer is (a) and (d), if you cut 8 vertically, you also have 3.
So when you say “half saree”, it doesn’t mean that it is the half saree that you think of. It depends on how it is draped and how is it used. Half saree could be a zero saree if it is used as a chunni.
Nov 26 2011
This British Library image has pencilled on the mount: Camatti women, Mason caste. Kamatti can be related to a number of people and/or places, but generally along the western coast from Bombay to Goa to Kerala and elsewhere. Let me know if you recognise specific regional clues or the period use of the term. Created in the late 1860s to early 1870s, the creased print is a bit dull and the too-white sarees have lost some detail. Using no props, the women were posed like the three graces, sitting on the studio floor.
But looking straight at the viewer is a woman of true natural beauty! Her hard-to-see saree border is patterned like tiles, woven in subtle shades. The blouses are close to their skin tones – at least in a sepia print – neither pastel nor rich and deep. The choli fabrics are slightly textured, striped or an open weave that clings but moves, with sleeves to the elbows. The simplicity is timeless, though perhaps not shown to best advantage. For instance, the girl on the right looks better close up, but the little print doesn’t enlarge well.
This time the photographer got the focus and lighting right, and the whole thing just glows! Also on the floor, the women demonstrate the grinding process with a stone mill brought from home. These saree fabrics show up better; the checks and broad pallu stripes on the left-side girl are particularly photogenic. Her choli is fancier, with a slightly shiny woven diamond pattern, though the model’s lowered brows show she was not comfortable posing.
The plain saree at the right had a very softly coloured border that photographed faintly. But look at the girl’s graceful arms and her right hand with that elegant, long thumb! [I must interject here that my hands are short and wide, my feet are short and square, and I’m generally non-elegant all over.] Many thanks to the unknown artists who took such pictures for us to appreciate today, part of the Archaeological Survey of India collections online.
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