May 4 2014
A beautifully coloured postcard from Raja Ravi Varma shows young girls in South Indian fashions at the turn of the 20th century. The tinting is far better than what we see in most images of this era, which is not surprising considering the high quality of Varma’s work in prints and his original paintings. The shades of greeny-maroon and light blues are so yummy, and I am intrigued by the long-sleeved blouse on the little girl at the left.
The jewellery being worn is distinctively different from the usual – septum pieces, upper-ear elements, more belts, heavier bracelets, cool toe rings, and those solid wire neck-ring/torques! I tried on a simple vintage necklace like these at a tribal dance conference a year or so ago, and with no added decorations it was about $50. I didn’t buy it, though I sure thought about it all that weekend. I did get some other small pieces, but nothing like the torques.