Apr 10 2011
This close-up of a late-19th century photograph is from an amazing book, “Saris; Tradition and Beyond,” by Rta Kapur Chisti. The image shows some of the palace staff of the Gwalior royal family, all wearing the traditional Navari sarees favored by Maratha women, from the young girl seated on the carpet to the older ladies behind. The huge and colorful textile book was published in 2010, but took an astonishing 25 years to research and compile. My only disappointment was that there were very few old photographs to document the sarees being worn. The book is 276 pages, virtually all in color, with details of hundreds of sari fabrics, mostly produced since independence. If you are fascinated by the weaving techniques, thread counts, and regional fabrics of India you’ll want to add this to your personal reference library!