Jan 18 2015
This wonderful portrait gives only a hint of what was certainly an amazing saree! The borders of the pallu are like nothing I have seen before – in high contrast, and of a most unusual design. Are those midnight blue medallions with stars? The flowers ought to be bright golden yellow like hibiscus, or something similar.
The image is for sale in Mumbai, an auction on ebay that I think ends today. Listed as a cabinet card of a Parsi lady, the sitter is just haunting. One quick look at her and no other picture would do for this Vintage Sunday Saree entry! Judging by what little of the blouse shows, my guess is that the woman had her portrait made in the 1910 to 1920 era. Note the unusual and chic jewellery too – her flat chain and bow pin worn to the side are obviously the latest, coolest trend at the time.