Aug 25 2013
OK, they are in dhotis, not sarees, but I couldn’t resist. And the dhoti is also a classic unsewn textile garment, the man’s counterpoint to many thousands of six-yard ladies’ costumes. This elegant and beautifully posed portrait found on ebay was labeled “young Indian scholars” from the 1930s. I have a soft spot for that time period, shortly before independence. The combination of western jackets worn with the dhoti is quite pleasing. Unfortunately, today the dhoti does not receive the high-fashion nod from film stars and designers as often as does the saree – but that makes sightings today all the more special.