Feb 5 2012
Here are more illustrations by Dhurandhar, done about the turn of the 20th century. The group of ladies is particularly interesting because of the variety of blouses shown. At the right is a traditional choli with the woven border decorating the sleeves and back. On the left we see a very short choli with trendy puffed sleeves. The girl in the brownish saree wears a fitted bodice in Anglo/Euro style with a squared neck and tails at the back. The standing figure sports a blouse with long sleeves gathered above and below the elbow, and heeled shoes with her kaccha saree.
This painting is so cheerful and bright that I want to go run through fields of flowers too! Must say that I find the kaccha saree worn with bare feet much more appealing than with tight shoes! The artist’s ability to create the zari shine on the saree and the light on the choli is simply wonderful.