This is an old commercial print, cheap and cute – slightly naughty too! When spring turns to summer heat, who doesn’t imagine cooling off, preferably in a fancy fountain with someone sexy? Is the artwork an allegory, despite the chap’s modern hair cut and everyday towel?
When I see today’s sarees, ultra sheer and occasionally wet, like trite Bollywood rain scenes, this is what I think about. Here the plain red border on the fashionably timeless, faintly dotted, saree is strategically draped. Our 1930s-esque (?) temptress is about to splash the dreamy-eyed man who modestly gazes just away from her.