In 2009, I send out an random invitation on FB for an event – Saree-Get-Together 2009 – and asking friends to join me for a high-tea at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur. It was a hot Saturday afternoon, but 10 beautiful girls took the invitation seriously and attended. The gathering was a huge success because I had not expected more than five to turn up. All strangers to one another until then, we had one thing in common – we were all wearing the saree! We had a wonderful time, took lots of pictures, made friends and shared what we love about the saree…
A week or two back we saw a saree with broad borders that would have made a nice uniform. Here is one from the mid-1960s that is a uniform, in lovely lotus green and bengal purple… paper! I recall the very brief fad for paper dresses as a kid, but had no idea that anyone made anything as pretty as this Air-India stewardess saree. The “zari” designs along the edges and pallu were printed in some sort of gilt.
A few years later this Bombay saree shop photo was published – and I’m pretty sure no paper sarees were sold here! It looks a lot like today’s quilt fabric stores, with bolts arranged by colours on shelves going up the walls. There are even sarees with large block designs, outlined with contrasting stripes or “sashing” that remind me of traditional quilts. I really just want to buy all the sarees at 1970 prices!
Just the regular folks wearing colourful attire and jewellery, looking more cinematic than many actresses on-screen. Although, the blouse on the left does not go well with a red saree. Otherwise, it’s eye-catching overall. Jewellery is great in both cases. Just lovely, both of them.