Sheer Saree Two Centuries Ago

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This Tanjore-style painting shows a Tamil region woman in a light, sheer saree without a choli. Though dated to the end of the 18th century, the fabric is similar to a number of traditional handweaves made today that create a check pattern with thicker threads, or tighter-packed or differently coloured fibres. The jewellery is especially lovely but heavy, as shown by the lady’s stretched ear lobe.  Something about the image appeals to me tremendously: maybe the neatness with which the saree is draped, the colours and symmetry of the outfit and accessories, the composure of the model or the artist’s talent.  Like her look?

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